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Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home

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    What to Expect
    Isi has been in the food business for over ten years - creating recipes for dairy companies and restaurants, doing food styling and photography and selling spices online. She has recently started "Chili Asylum", an institution dedicated to marketing fresh chilies and chilli products sourced directly from Filipino farmers. Isi says she learned everything she knows about cooking from her Nanay (grandmother) who she watched cook fresh lunches and dinners everyday growing up. Isi loves cooking and serving the local, regional food she grew up eating. Isi enjoys collaborating with other chefs and food lovers in the food business to create new and delicious food. 

    Isi will take you through her small vegetable garden where she grows lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Isi's food is redolent of flavors such as calamansi, garlic, chilies, coconut milk and fish sauce. In her kitchen she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. You can choose between a hands-on lesson and a cooking demonstration during which you will watch her prepare the meal. Just let her know your preference!

    Your menu might include dishes such as ensaladang pako (local fern salad in a calamansi and raw honey dressing), grilled shrimp in a cilantro chimichurri (an Isi creation), ginataang kalabasa at sitaw (squash and green beans in a coconut milk stew), mechado (soy marinated beef, cooked in an onion and tomato sauce), inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest.

    Leave with new recipes, a new friend, and lifelong memories. 

    Please note, this is not a professional cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
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    Departure Point
    Manila, Manila, Metro Manila, Luzon
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Private Filipino cooking class with your host Isi
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Beer
    • Lunch or Dinner
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Gratuities
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please note this is not a professional cooking class, rather an insider glimpse into Filipino culture and cuisine with a local expert cook in her home
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Isi is a wonderful cooking teacher and also gave me a lot of information about Filipino history and culture. We walked around the market near her home, which definitely gave me a deeper insight of Philippines. And then cooked three Filipino dishes at her beautiful home. I
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    Isi is an absolute delight: friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and passionate. This is a wonderful, relaxed way to spend a couple of hours and an excellent way to learn about not only Filipino cuisine, but also gain some insider tips about what to see and where to go
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    I had the most amazing, fun time and left absolutely stuffed full of delicious, vegetarian food. Thanks for accommodating my preferences Isi! Isi’s friends from overseas also attended which made things super fun.
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    Forget the Zagat-rated restaurants in Manila. Enjoy this authentic experience. I can’t rave enough. Now I will incorporate Traveling Spoon into all my international adventures.
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    This was a great find, because there aren't many vegetarian cooking classes available in Manila. I appreciated Isi's willingness to adapt the menu to my dietary restrictions and cooking in her family's outdoor kitchen was a new experience for me. She offered interesting
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    By: Traveling Spoon
    23 reviews
    penylope_18
    10
    Best Decision to spend time to Try!
    Our family had a wonderful lunch prepared by Isi at their home in QC. Isi was warm, wonderful and knowledgeable on
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    CourtneyMD
    Auburn, Maine
    288234
    Relax and learn in Manila
    I was with Oscar for my tour. We had a nice outing to the seafood market, before cooking and relaxing in the
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    kyushuislandcooking
    21
    Amazing Experience!
    Isi is a wonderful cooking teacher and also gave me a lot of information about Filipino history and culture. We
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    PrincessLoz123
    Melbourne, Australia
    11
    Fantastic experience!
    Isi is an absolute delight: friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and passionate. This is a wonderful, relaxed way
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    morningcup13
    21
    Wonderful food experience in a wonderful home, with an awesome host
    We booked a cooking experience at Greg's home for friends who were in town. For them, it was perfect because it
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    Alfonso S
    21
    Awesome experience
    Thank you Isi for showing us the filipino kitchen and for the amazing dinner. We will definitely visit again.
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    haidees2014
    Ashburton, New Zealand
    137
    Cooking with Isi’s friends
    I had the most amazing, fun time and left absolutely stuffed full of delicious, vegetarian food. Thanks for
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    TravelingTrails4u
    11
    Amazing travel experience
    Forget the Zagat-rated restaurants in Manila. Enjoy this authentic experience. I can’t rave enough. Now I will
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    JeaLeeCoh
    12
    Informative vegetarian cooking class
    This was a great find, because there aren't many vegetarian cooking classes available in Manila. I appreciated
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    CoraPueblo_Colorado
    Pueblo, Colorado
    2320
    Filipino home cooking
    Had a fabulous time learning about Filipino cuisine and the Philippines as well. Isi is a tremendous ambassador
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    Gigimant
    12
    Fun!
    We enjoyed the vegan lunch we helped Chef Cas prepare for us. From the welcome drink (turmeric tea) and small
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    roadrunner633
    Texas
    12
    It's a must do!
    Highly, highly recommend. What a great experience! Greg and Oscar are fabulous host. Oscar taught us
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    ReginiceC
    Douglasville, Georgia
    495
    Yummy Solo Custom Class
    I enjoyed learning what knowledge Isi has to share about Filipino culture and food. Isi accommodated my vegetarian
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    mawe83
    54
    Very authentic and unique experience
    We had the dinner cooking experience with Isi on Valentine's Day. She even accommodated our short-notice request
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    JaneDoe48
    12
    Enjoyed it!
    Isi was patient and happy to share culinary knowledge with us. Isi prepped two dishes beforehand and we had the
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