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Bo-Kaap culinary journey: learn how to cook traditional Cape Malay food

Food24 went on the Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour with local resident and chef, Zainie Misbach

26 Sep 2017


Cape Town's iconic, and culturally rich neighbourhood, Bo-Kaap holds a distinctive culinary heritage that is very much alive today. The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour aims to promote and share this heritage with tourists and locals, taking them on a tour of the area, followed by a cooking class with Zainie Misbach, local chef and restaurateur. The idea is to shine a light on the area's cafe's and food shops and discover the flavours that have been influenced by India and Malaysia, held in the distinctive Cape Malay cuisine.

What the video below to catch a glimpse of Food24's experience on the tour.

You can choose between a tour and lunch or a tour, cooking class and lunch.

Tour and lunch
A 40 minute walking tour of Bo-Kaap (cuisine, culture and culinary history of Cape Malay)
3 course Cape Malay meal served at Zainie's home (no demo's or classes)
Duration: 2 hours
Price: R 500 per person
If you'd like to book as a group there is a minimum of 7 people and a maximum of 20 people required.
Tour and cooking class
Short walking tour including a visit to Atlas Trading Co. and stroll through Bo-Kaap's colourful cobbled streets. This 30 minute tour ends at Zainie's home. Zainie will then give a live hands on demonstration on how to mix your Masala, followed by a 2 hour interactive cooking lesson on making chicken curry, rotis, samoosa folding and daltjies (chilli Bites) enjoyed by a sit down lunch.
Takeaways include a recipe booklet covering the cooking course together with Zainie's pre-mixed Masala.
Duration: 3 hours  
Price: R 750 per person
If you'd like to book as a group there is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 12 people required.

Classes are only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Bookings can be made online at



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