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2013 Winner of ‘Singapore Tourism Awards'
 2018 Winner of 'Food Trekking Awards'
2021 & 2022 Winner of Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Best of the Best Awards

Experience Singapore: Cultural Cooking Class

Sick and tired of the usual sightseeing attractions in Singapore? You are not alone. Singapore has a lot to offer, but nothing comes close to a cultural immersion experience as educational and delicious as a hands-on local cooking class.

Our multiple award-winning Cultural Cooking Class is designed to help you dive deep into the fascinating side of Singapore’s food heritage and culture in an informal and fun atmosphere. You will discover how our multi-racial society blended together in a perfect harmony through food. Thereafter, you will have lots of hands-on fun learning how to cook up three authentic Singaporean dishes under the guidance of friendly instructors during this 3-hour cooking class.

Don't worry, we have specially designed the class format such that even if you have never stepped into the kitchen before, you will be able to learn at your own pace and have fun!
Do you know we have been consistently rated the Number 1 Cooking Class/Workshop in Singapore on Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel review portal for independent travellers? We are also the only cooking school in Singapore to be awarded the Travellers' Choice Best of the Best badge for three consecutive years 2020, 2021 and 2022.
[ What You can expect ]
1) Learn interesting snippets about Singapore’s food culture and discover the secrets to Singapore's hawker centres
2) Cook up local family recipes passed down through many generations like Laksa, Curry Chicken and Nasi Lemak using fresh local ingredients
3) Enjoy the fruits of your labour, a mouth-watering Singaporean lunch with newfound friends
4) Hear intricate stories of how our instructors overcome challenges to return to the workforce through our flexi-work arrangements

[ How our Cultural Cooking Classes work ]
1) Our cultural cooking classes run regularly from Mondays through Sundays, with each class starting at 9:30am and ending at 12:30pm.
2) We begin each session by taking you through an introduction to the local street food culture and the unique local spices and ingredients used in our preparation.
3) Following the introduction, it’s time for a totally hands-on, step-by-step cooking lesson. Feel free to breathe in the aromas, savour the flavours and have fun!
4) Complete the whole cultural experience with communal dining, great conversations and unforgettable memories.

What Our Customers Say

“An authentic, hands-on cultural experience”

Food Playground is a unique experience, much more than a typical cooking school. It’s a cultural cooking experience, and we were treated to a mix of storytelling, local insights, learning recipes, chopping, cooking, and of course eating. Aside from the tasty food, hearing our host's tales of growing up in Singapore, incorporating food and culture into her story, was what we most enjoyed about the class. The class is delivered in a lovely, bright, spotlessly clean space in the middle of Chinatown . . . an area full of character and charm.

If you’re just after food, then Singapore offers a kaleidoscope of amazing eating options, but if you want an authentic, hands-on experience with local women, that weaves together the tastes, smells and culinary backdrop of Singapore's food culture with heartfelt stories of its past and people, then you won’t be disappointed by Food Playground.
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Danielle Millar

“A memorable experience and a highlight of our holiday”

Our cultural cooking class was completely inspirational. So eager to try replicate the scrumptious meals from our class, we visited the local supermarket to purchase packaged ingredients to bring home.

Our instructor Helen was amazing and informative with her local knowledge and expertise. Her helpers were also friendly and helpful. My husband had never ever cooked a meal before and was a bit apprehensive with the thought of cooking. He was quickly placed at ease by the fantastic staff who welcomed us with open arms and we both had the most enjoyable time to treasure forever.

The whole experience was a highlight of our holiday and a very memorable anniversary gift. Thank you Food Playground for an amazing cultural experience.
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Julie Marcon

“A great way to experience Singapore cuisine”

Great hands on cooking class. Helen spent time telling us a bit about Singapore food, including its origins and varieties, and general information about Singapore and Singaporeans. This helps with context and understanding the food more.

We worked in pairs preparing the food and each pair prepared two plates (i.e. one per person) of three different dishes. The recipes are emailed after the class so you can enjoy your new skills at home. The founder Daniel has set this up as a way of encouraging women with families and older women to return to the workforce and share their skills.

It was a great learning experience for us, as well as a great example of utilising the knowledge of locals in a meaningful way for all involved. Well done Daniel, and thanks to Helen and 'Aunty' for such a fun morning.
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Lou Fabri

Hear Our Story

To help you understand why so many people are willing to spend half a day in Singapore to join our cooking class, we made a short video to share our story of why we started Food Playground, and how we helped a group of women in our local community find meaningful work and put their hidden talents to good use. This group of women are not trained chefs, but they will charm you with their passion and personal stories of how they grew up learning Singapore's heritage cuisine.

Do you know we have been consistently rated the number 1 Cooking Class/Workshop in Singapore on Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel review portal for independent travellers? 

Cooking Class Schedule

(Menu and pricing till 31st December 2023)

Each cooking class is priced at S$99 nett per person per class if you book for 2 persons and above. If you book for just one person, the price will be S$119 per class. (Please note that our class operates with a minimum of 2 people. This means that if you are the only participant for a scheduled class, your class will be cancelled and you will be offered a full refund)

All our menus featured here can be customized for vegetarians and people on gluten-free diets. For other dietary restrictions, kindly contact us and we will be happy to find a solution for you :)

If you are thinking of buying this experience for something special, you have the convenient option to purchase an electronic gift voucher on this page. 

1) Each class starts at 9:30am, and ends by 12:30pm.
2) Participants will cook in pairs (not individually), so if you book this class alone, you will be pair with another participant.
3) Classes are priced at S$99 nett per participant per class for booking of 2 persons and above. For individual bookings, our classes are priced at S$119 nett per person per class.
4) Menu items may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
5) Our class operates with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 10 people. All skill levels are welcome.

Book Your Class in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1:

Click on the ‘BOOK NOW’ button on the main menu and get real-time availability of all our cooking classes.

Please use the calendar function "Pick date" if you cannot find the dates displayed on the page.

Enter the number of participants and we will reflect the total amount payable.

Step 2:

To book your class, you will be prompted to enter your personal particulars and dietary restrictions (if any).

To complete this booking process, you are required to make payment in full. We accept payment using Paypal or any major credit cards.

You can rest assured your connection to our website is secure with our RapidSSL certification and all your personal data remains safe.

Step 3:

Once payment goes through, you will receive an instant confirmation of your booking in your email inbox. 

Your seat for your cooking class is now guaranteed! We will send you an email reminder 24 hours before your class.

Now, all you need to do is show up for your class on time!
We accept bookings for individuals and small groups (i.e. up to 5 persons) for our Cultural Cooking Classes. If you have large groups (i.e. 6 persons and above) or if you prefer to have a private class, please call us at (65) 9452 3669 or email us to discuss.

To sign up for our scheduled classes, please click/tap below button to go to our booking page so you can check availability of your preferred class and date.
If you are thinking of buying this experience for someone special, you have the convenient option to purchase an electronic gift voucher from our website. Click/tap below button for more details.

What Travel Bloggers Say

We love it when travellers and foodies blog about their fun cooking adventures at Food Playground.  Click on below blogs to find out what these savvy travellers and foodies have to say after attending our award-winning cultural cooking classes: 

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"Unlike any other classes we have taken!"

"It was such a fun class, and we have already planned to recreate the dishes. In fact, we’re going to try our hand at making the hoon kueh for a friend’s upcoming housewarming party...." 

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"Extremely well run cooking school in Chinatown"  

"I’ve been to Singapore a few times, eating in various hawkers’ markets and food halls, but it took a visit to Food Playground for me to really understand the sheer breadth of Singapore’s food culture...”

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"Educational, fun, hands on, total cultural immersion and a fantastic ethos"

"Located in a heritage shophouse in Chinatown cooking at Food Playground provided a brilliant cultural introduction for my first full day in Singapore..."

Our Awards & Accolades

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Singapore Tourism Awards

Our signature Cultural Cooking Class is the winner of ‘Best Learning & Travel Experience’ from the 2013 Singapore Tourism Awards.

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Singapore Service Excellence Medallion

We have been awarded the prestigious ‘Singapore Service Excellence Medallion’ for pushing the boundaries to deliver highest levels of customer satisfaction and organisational service excellence.

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World Food Travel Food Trekking Awards

We are one of the 4 winners globally for the Best Use of Food/Beverage for Cross-Cultural Understanding at the 2018 Food Trekking Awards, organized by The World Food Travel Association to recognize excellence in food and beverage experiences for travelers.

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Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2020

Our signature Cultural Cooking Class has been awarded 'Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best’, which puts us among the Top 1% of all experiences on Tripadvisor for 2020!