Malay Style Cooking Classes
Cape Town is a city with a very diverse culture especially so with the Malay influence from the past when slavery was rife at the Cape in the early days of its existence.
Malay slaves was brought in from the Indonesian Archipelego and a few was prominent royalty from there held at Robben Island as political prisoners by the ruling Dutch.
The royal prisoners were accompanied by their entire household and staff which all belonged to the Islamic faith, which subsequently led to the strong Muslim influence at the Cape. Some of these prisoners like Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar from Malaysia and Tuan Guru a prince from the Tidore Islands was prominent figures in establishing Islam at the Cape. As can be expected in the case of royalty their customs was carried on in captivity and when finally freed they were allowed to own land and settle in Cape Town. My great great grandfather was Tuan Guru, He wrote the entire Quran from memory which can still be seen in the first mosque built in 1795.
Although Islam was banned by the Dutch it still flourished and was finally allowed to practise legally in 1804.
Malaysian & Indonesian culture was by then firmly established and further strengthened with abolishment of slavery.
Malaysian delicasies and food was very much sought after by the then British rulers at the Cape.
The Malaysians was very experienced in the art of mixing spices and herbs in their style of cooking and today we offer these Cooking classes where visitors can interact with descendants of these Malaysian slaves and learn the secrets of there cullinary delights first hand.
The classes consists firstly a tour of the Malay Quarter now popularly known as the Bo-Kaap with their beautiful colourfully painted houses, thereafter you will be introduced to the spice traders thats been in existence for over 70 years, a walk through the Bo-Kaap and then onto the cooking venue.
Here you will be taught how to mix various spices, start cooking your own pot of food, mix and fry Roti's (flat bread), Samoosas and Daltjies.
Afterwards you will sit down and enjoy your own homecooked meal.
Township Tours in Khayalitsha; Langa and Gugulethu
Khayalitsha (New Home) 3-hour Walking Tour
Established as an Apartheid dumping ground in 1983 to take up the overflow from the other townships. The population has grown from virtually thousands (8300 to be exact) to almost 4 million currently.
In an area of +- 50 sq km it is the most densely populated. More than 50% of inhabitants are under 20 years of age and 7% is over 50.
In Feb 2012 a full-on hospital was opened.
One of the major tourist attractions in the township of Khayelitsha is Look Out Hill. From here you have a spectacular view over the area surrounding South Africa's second largest township.
It´s is best visited on a good Township Tour of Cape Town´s townships. At this stage the sole activity at Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha, 40-km from Cape Town, is climbing the platform build on the largest sand dune on the Cape Flats. This is the area where many colored and black townships were created during South Africa's apartheid era.
From Lookout Hill one has a breath-taking view over Khayelitsha, the Cape Flats and Table Mountain in the distance. The place was developed with a restaurant for tourists and several art and culture facilities as an amphitheater and an exhibition room.
First Gangster Museum in Africa located in Khayelitsha.
Let’s meet here and give you indepth history/current about Khayelitsha. Let the 18 Gangster Museum team host you and get to unpack the gang history and consequences and their learnings.
Have you seen gangs transforming and contributing positively in shaping their society? Now it’s time!! 45 Minutes. Are you ready? The walk begins, take pictures, engage with community. How we greet in Xhosa “Molweni “
Join & Experience the 2nd Biggest township in South Africa
• Let us unpack the history of our township and have a 360 view of Khayelitsha.
• Walk through the community.
• Coffee at Sikis coffee shop -Walk through Khayelitsha Mall & Wall of Remembrance
• Spinach King (Green Bakery)
• Take a local taxi to 18 Gangster Museum and spend the session with reformed ex-prisoners. • Kindergarten /Crèche
• Our last for nice braai meat, pap & Chackalaka @ Randz Cape Town
• Various tour options available i.e. Township Surfing; Gangster Museum Tour; Walking & Cycling tour etc., enquire for your best option & budget.