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Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home provided by Traveling Spoon

Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home

Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home
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R 976,57
per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 3 days in advance
About
Explore Isi's vegetable garden where you will discover lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Pick a few calamansis and head into her kitchen for your private class, where she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through generations. After cooking, you will sit down and share the meal you helped prepare at Isi's dining table in her modern home. Your meal will 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) or inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest. This experience is a true glimpse into the Filipino culture and cuisine with a warm and friendly local.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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.
Available languages
English
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
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.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P67
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private Filipino cooking class with your host Isi
  • Beer
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Manila, Manila, Metro Manila, Luzon Meet your host Isi at her home in Quezon City. North Edsa Trinoma Mall is the nearest landmark to the home. In Manila, we recommend using Uber to get you around the city.
Additional information
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Private Filipino cooking class with your host Isi
  • Beer
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Manila, Manila, Metro Manila, Luzon Meet your host Isi at her home in Quezon City. North Edsa Trinoma Mall is the nearest landmark to the home. In Manila, we recommend using Uber to get you around the city.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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5.0
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Melay G
1 contribution
Fun and informative
Oct 2021 • Couples
Isi’s three ways of cooking adobo was very informative and a lot of fun! Even if the class was online, ISI’s warmth and energy made the class very engaging. We learned new things about adobo, and the recipes are delicious.
Written 2 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kevin Nieves
2 contributions
Adobo and More!
Jul 2021
Being Pinoy, we already know this dish by heart. We booked Isi's class because we were looking for something different in doing this national dish. Let's just say, we got so much more than what we expected! We were taught the history of the dish, a "tour" of the different methods of the three major island groups, but most of all, we got to meet a cool Filipino in chef Isi. We will definitely book again and recommend to friends.
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kei
2 contributions
Amazing authentic Philippine cuisine!
Mar 2020
It was really amazing experience at her place to cook authentic Philippine dishes. She also taught me where I should go in Manila and what the local culture like which gave me another good idea for sightseeing. Desert was also great!
I recommend this experience to anyone. I was alone for this class but it turned to be a great experience. Thank you!
Written 11 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ralf K
1 contribution
Great cooking class (amazing results!) and a very warm and genuine cultural exchange!
Feb 2020
I had a truely great time at Isi's! We went through a bunch of recipes from scratch, using awesome ingredients and discussed in detail anything from origin, food handling and preparation. She hooked me up with some very solid basics of filipino cooking as well; I'll definitely keep on cooking the dishes I learned today! I was familiar with filipino cooking before, but Isi really knows how to bring it to the next level by adding just that extra touch or condiment - it was inspiring how confident she was in the kitchen. Next to that, through food and cooking, Isi shared so much about Filipino culture and society, both provincial life and the hip Manila scene! Time flew really! and then the food was served - it was delicious.
Written 27 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

makoto
5 contributions
Amazing Experience!
Nov 2019 • Solo
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 loved everything about this experience with her. She also suggested a lot of Filipino restaurants near my hotel in Makati and Cebu! It was also great to hear her family’s story while we were on the way to the market. So kind and charming Isi is!!! I recommend everyone coming to Manila experience her wonderful cooking class in order to know more about the local culture which you can never have with normal sight seeing.
Written 26 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lauren R
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Fantastic experience!
Oct 2019
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 (including where to eat!) in Manila and beyond.
Written 30 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Haidee S
Ashburton, New Zealand26 contributions
Cooking with Isi’s friends
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.
Written 15 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Happy Trails
3 contributions
Amazing travel experience
Aug 2019 • Solo
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.
Written 28 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeanette
1 contribution
Informative vegetarian cooking class
May 2019 • Solo
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 information about her food sources and generously suggested vegetarian restaurants in town. I'd have liked to receive a printed copy of the recipes we made!
Written 3 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CoraPueblo_Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado35 contributions
Filipino home cooking
Apr 2019 • Couples
Had a fabulous time learning about Filipino cuisine and the Philippines as well. Isi is a tremendous ambassador for her country and provided us with a mouthwatering lunch. Come hungry.
Written 18 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Deborah G
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Adobo with Isi is great
We took the Adobo 3 ways with Isi and it was wonderful. The recipe turned out great and delicious. Isi is knowledge
tyntynr
tyntynr
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Online Cooking Class w Isi
I enjoyed our online cooking class 😀 Isi shared with us her Adobo 3 ways recipe. It was easy to follow. Absolutely
jbO7574GB
jbO7574GB
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Amazing
Such a enjoyable experience I learned to cooked adobo and it tasted amazing. Izzie was a great instructor in how to
Maps63213
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Wonderful!
We did an online zoom class equivalent to vegetarian cooking in Manila. We made three outstanding dishes. Our host
SheilaSO
SheilaSO
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Round the Clock
ISI was very interactive and supportive and flexible Food was delicious and her directions easy. ManilaSaturday mor
BCShel
BCShel
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Great gift idea!
I was given a private virtual cooking class with Isi where I learned to make Adobo 3 ways. This was truly a highlig
tylersY4577AX
tylersY4577AX
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This is a must do
This is a must do Just relax and enjoy the culture enjoy the food enjoy everything around you and soak in the atmos
tylersY4577AX
tylersY4577AX
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Very exciting
Very exciting Really nice to connect with the locals over a meal relax in their company have a nice food nice drink
Cleung527
Cleung527
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Authentic Filipino Cuisine
My bf and I enjoyed our cooking lesson with Oscar! He taught us how to make chicken & pork adobo and shrimp sinigan
F9729NHmariev
F9729NHmariev
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Cooking class with April - Just Perfect !
Today we had the chance to experience our best activity (and meal) of our trip ! April is a beautiful person and
Navynp
Navynp
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Cooking class with Isi a must!
This was a great find! We knew we wanted to take a cooking class. We found the traveling spoon and Isi on trip advi
L2914CCvanessab
L2914CCvanessab
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Amazing experience
This experience with Isi far exceeded our expectations! We knew this is something we wanted to do while on vacation
penylope_18
penylope_18
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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
CourtneyMD
CourtneyMD
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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 beaut
morningcup13
morningcup13
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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 rep
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