About Ruqxana: Believe it or not, Ruqxana Vasanwala was an engineer for 14 years before she heeded the call. Ruqxana is now pursuing her lifelong passion for cooking, and finding joy in imparting the secrets of her mouth-watering fare to willing students everywhere. A self-taught cook, she started cooking at the age of 7 and has not stopped since. For more than 30 years, she has been entertaining family members and friends with her culinary skills from all corners of the world - Indian, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, American and a lot more. She also loves to bake and makes wonderful cakes, cookies, pastries and desserts. She has a diploma in Cake Decorating, Chocolate Art, Fondant, Gum Paste and Pulled Sugar from the famous Wilton School in the USA. Her love of travel ensures that she continually learns new recipes from the world over. Besides teaching out of her home, she is also in demand as a teacher at a Cooking Academy, a Museum (where she conducts regular children and family cooking classes), a Polytechnic, Business Corporations and Bookstores in Singapore. She now has quite a following of people from overseas, some who come straight from the Airport with luggage in tow, to do her cooking class even before checking into their Hotel!By using our Singapore trip planning tool , you can arrange your visit to Cookery Magic and other attractions in Singapore.
Cookery Magic Reviews
I contacted Ruqxana at Cookery Magic at the end of April to book the Thursday 16th May cooking class for Chicken Rice during our stopover in Singapore. Being the only participant who booked that date,... more »
We arranged an evening cooking session with Ruqxana where we learnt a few Nonya dishes before eating together in Ruqxana’s beautiful home. The experience was great, instructions were clear, ingredient... more »
We had so much fun and learned so much from this class! The years of experience and enthusiasm for food is obvious! We are looking forward to taking more classes here! Highly recommended! more »
An absolutely wonderful experience. The other 5 star reviews go into enough detail so I won't harp on, but our menu of Nonya Fried Rice, Otak Otak and Beef Rendang was absolutely delicious. And much more importantly, Ruqxana was absolutely lovely and a fantastic teacher. One of my friends didn't like fish, and we hadn't had time to tell her before we arrived, but she somehow still managed to replace two of the three dishes for him. If you want to do some Singaporean cooking, seriously look no further. This place is amazing.
Have already been 3 times to Ruqxana's Class at Cookery magic. And I'll certainly come back again. First of all you don't feel you're hiring a class in some sort of cold school where you are just one more because Ruqxana receives her guests in her own beautiful suburban house and she gives a very personal and kind attention to every student. Everything feels and tastes very homely. Besides this I think that as time passes her hand is getting even better than before. Excellent class. Delicious food!
I was very disappointed with the whole cooking experience at Cookery Magic. First, the class was conducted in the backyard of a terrace house, so I was sweating profusely throughout the session with the very humid and hot weather in Singapore. Very surprised that the cooking area has no air-conditioning, and with six other participants cramping into a tight area, the whole learning environment is not conducive. I was appalled by the lack of hygiene of the premises, with cats freely roaming around the house and even into the kitchen area, which is clearly a violation of food safety. The biggest shock was when the instructor demonstrated the roasting of the fermented shrimp paste and bean curd over the gas stove fire. Obviously that killed my appetite and made me wonder about the other aspects of the food preparation. For those of you who are concerned about food hygiene and comfort, please manage your expectations so you won't be in for a rude surprise.
Without a doubt this was one of the highlights of our time in Singapore. Ruqxana runs an amazing school out of her home with no end of hospitality and welcome. Of course this doesn't do justice to how it really felt like you're over at a friend's home (a friend who's a great chef, mind you) and she's going to sit down and get you ready with everything you need to know to cook these incredible dishes. Then, once you've got the idea you're all going to go into the kitchen and make it and afterward you'll all sit around the table and eat it and just talk about everything and anything that comes to mind. Our menu was Singaporean, which I specially requested by asking far too early in advance, and included Chili Prawns/Crab, Char Kway Teow, and Onde Onde. And everything was done in such a way that it made complete sense and wasn't at all difficult to reproduce at home later. Everything came out at least as good as we'd find at a good Hawker Centre, with the exception of the Onde Onde which were better because they were still hot. Overall I can't say enough good things about this class. It was just a fantastic way to spend a morning and there is no doubt whatsoever that our next holiday to Singapore will involve at least one more of these, maybe even her monthly class on Pulau Ubin? Can't wait to go back and learn a few more dishes!
I had the pleasure of attending more than one of Ruqxana's cooking classes and I highly recommend them. The classes are set in a very cozy home environment in a quiet but interesting neighbourhood which is very easy to get to by MRT, then a bus or a short taxi ride from the MRT. Even though the students in the class I attended were not new to cooking, we all learned much from Ruqxana's class. Her little tips and explanations about each of the dishes were excellent and her knowledge is vast. A plus point which certainly attributed to her excellent teaching and demonstration. Ruqxana's informal style also made it comfortable for all of us in the group to get to know each other and share our culinary experiences.
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