The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour takes you on a voyage into the life, food and culture of the Cape Malay's in Bo-Kaap whilst offering you a hands-on, practical lesson on how to cook like a real Cape Malay 'Auntie'! Learn how to fold samoosa's and mix masala for that perfect pot of Cape Malay Curry!
Zainie will host you at her home, where you will not only learn secret cooking techniquies, but also get an insight into daily life in the
The workshop ends with lunch where you can share your experiences with the group whilst indulging in a mouth-watering traditional meal.
Bo-Kaap is situated strategically at the foot of signal hill in the heart of Cape Town, and is home to several historic and Islamic sites.
Bo-Kaap with its cobbled roads and colourful houses has preserved a people and culture through community, the practice of religion and tradition.
Food plays a big role in Bo-Kaap culture as once a year you will find the streets littered with children carrying plates of food and cakes for neighbours to sample, as part of 'Ramadaan' (a month-long fast). Other activities include regular food bazaars and markets where residents can show off their specialties!
Cape Malay cuisine has had a major influence in South African food and some might consider it SA's National Cuisine!
Cape Malay cuisine is spicy and aromatic, yet mild. Prominent ingredients are Fresh Coriander (Dhania/Cilantro), Garlic, Ginger, Curry Leaves and an array of spices. Its origins can be dated back to cooking pots of the 17th and 18th century exiled dissidents and slaves brought to the Cape from the Dutch East Indies. While there are recognizable Asian elements, Cape Malay cooking has undergone a considerable degree of adaptation to suit local conditions and ingredient availability.
"Zainie gave me the best possible introduction to the food and the people of Cape Town. I felt as if I had known her for years and the Malay food she cooked was fresh and delicious." - Gloria Hunniford
“With skill and infinite patience Zainie demonstrates the step-by-step intricacies of the traditional delicacies.” - Jos Baker
“Zainie is the undisputed Cape Malay cooking diva in Bo-Kaap, although most people come to know her indirectly through the meals she produces in restaurants, for tour groups, and at catered affairs. But those in the know, know Zainie.” - Kurt Ackermann
“You were so friendly and told us about Bo-Kaap's history... When I think of South Africa, I think of people like you.” - Alisa Seo
Zainie featured as a Food Consultant on Masterchef SA 2012 for 'Koeksisters'