Malaysia culinary tour with chef Norman Musa

Foodies will be bowled over by the chance to learn from and travel with chef extraordinaire Norman Musa on this unique small group tour of Malaysia’s culinary hotspots.
Kuala Lumpur Malacca Pangkor Laut Penang
£2850 excluding flights
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11 Days
Small group
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Price is per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room.
(Min group size 6 pax, max 16 pax).
Set departure date for tour - 21 September, 2023.
International Flights & tour extensions can be arranged upon request.
Single supplement £750.
Make enquiry

Description of Malaysia culinary tour with chef Norman Musa

Hosted by award-winning esteemed Malaysian chef Norman Musa, this exclusive 11-day group tour offers you an unforgettable culinary adventure around Malaysia.

Gain a unique insight into the nuances and influences on Malaysian cooking as you travel with Chef Norman into the towns and villages of his childhood. Discover the inspiration behind his most popular recipes and learn to source ingredients from local markets and turn them into delicious dishes with hands-on cooking classes. You will visit local spice markets and enjoy VIP treatment at luxury hotels and some of Norman's favourite eateries.

ABOUT NORMAN MUSA: In 2010 Chef Norman became the first Malaysian chef to tour with a Formula One team, and for several years has promoted Malaysian food around the UK & Ireland at countless food festivals and shows, also serving as the official Kuala Lumpur Food Ambassador in 2015. His recipe books are an essential guide to Malaysian cuisine and he continues to teach and promote Asian food around the UK and Europe.

Your tour starts in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur where you can enjoy a welcome cocktail with your fellow amateur chefs and food lovers. After exploring Kuala Lumpur, you'll head to the gorgeous tropical resort of Pangkor Laut for heavenly relaxation and your first cooking class with the island resort's kitchen team.

We'll then move on to the island of Penang. Plenty of time to explore the quirky streets of Georgetown, markets and scenic views before really getting off the beaten track as Norman takes us to the village where his father was born. True rural Penang awaits, with paddy fields and local farmers to greet you. We'll dine as the locals do and experience raw Malaysian hospitality.

Penang is also the home to the Tropical Spice Garden, where Norman will teach you how to choose the herbs and spices that serve as the core flavours for most Malaysian dishes. We'll then turn up the heat and spend the rest of the morning in the kitchen, creating culinary masterpieces, with a scenic backdrop to devour your delicious creations!

Malacca is the final stop of the tour where highlights include the buzzing Jonker Street Market, Chinatown and a River Cruise. This is the heart of historic Malaysia and you'll notice the harmonic merging of many cultures and the delightful Nyonya, Peranakan and Euro-Asian cuisine that is created as a result.

This unique small group tour will tantalise your taste buds and awaken a passion for Malaysia, its people,and its cuisine. You'll leave with wonderful memories and the courage to recreate these flavoursome dishes in your own kitchen.

Places are strictly limited so contact us now for details on how to reserve your space with a low deposit of just £200. Malaysian food is diverse and versatile so vegetarians and vegans will be well catered for on this tour. Please let us know your dietary requirements when you book.

Price information

£2850 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Price is per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room.
(Min group size 6 pax, max 16 pax).
Set departure date for tour - 21 September, 2023.
International Flights & tour extensions can be arranged upon request.
Single supplement £750.
Make enquiry

Check dates

2023: 21 Sep

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Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Malaysia is one of the leaders in eco-tourism which our culinary tour embraces throughout.

The coastal resort used by this tour embraces ecotourism at it's heart. Nature is respected at Pangkor Laut and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced. Renowned for being a habitat to the Oriental Pied Hornbill and the Great Hornbill, Pangkor Laut Resort invested in preserving their existence and facilitating the increase of their numbers. Realizing a noticeable level of competition for naturally suited habitats (tree trunks with suitably-sized holes), the Pangkor Laut Resort Naturalist Department started the Hornbill Nesting Box Project by installing wooden nesting boxes made of recycled materials at different areas around the resort in the hope of giving the hornbills more alternatives for breeding.

Pangkor Laut Resort is also where the reef rehabilitation and concrete reef block project first started in 2007/2008 with 20 blocks sunk with Reef Check Malaysia.
YTL Hotels won the prestigious International SeaKeepers Society Asia Achievement Award 2018 and continues efforts to preserve the marine and rainforest environment around their resort properties.

The E&O Hotel has committed to the pledge to create a 'Cleaner, Greener Penang'. Working with a local company Future Earth, the hotel exchanges it's waste for bio-organic fertiliser, which is then used on the hotel grounds.


Throughout the tour leading Chef Norman Musa will be taking you to local Malaysian markets, farms, and fishing villages. As a strong advocate for sourcing local organic ingredients from independent farmers and traders, all of the culinary experiences will embrace this philosophy.

The location for our cooking class, Tropical Spice Garden is an environmentally conscious facility, that made use of an abandoned rubber plantation. Staff are employed from the local community, organic fertilizer is used in the garden and outside ingredients and supplies are sourced from local vendors.

The E&O Hotel's parent company has also been a long-time advocate of environmental conservation through the Think Green community education programme, which has been running since 2013.

The programme was initiated six years ago and its working committee continues to work closely with Consumers’ Association of Penang and schools around Tanjung Tokong. hrough the years, participating students learned about compost making, garden design and care, building raised beds, growing food, herb appreciation, urban gardening, natural farming, and making DIY planters towards a sustainable environment.

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