Empowering women from low-income families with cooking classes from the heart
My daughter and I recently took part in a cooking class with a difference. So much heart and soul went into the organization and the teaching that I had to share the experience. Neighbourhood Noms is a social entrepreneurial project started by a bunch of young talented Singaporeans. Their goal is to empower women from low-income families and give them the opportunity to use their amazing cooking skills and teach us how to cook traditional local dishes. Some of these recipes have been handed down from generation to generation!
Our teachers for the day were Sufiyyah, Noridah, and Nurhazirah. For them, cooking is second nature, they cook for their extended families daily, often with their mums and grandmas. Their mentors from Neighbourhood Noms then taught them how to deliver the cooking lessons. A great team effort. The three ladies were so lovely, chatty and confident. It was such a pleasure to see them share their passion for cooking.
On the menu
The three-hour cooking class was held at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Singapore in Outram. On the menu was Popiah with Vegetables for our starter, Roti Jala with Curry Chicken for main course and yummy glutinous rice flour dumplings with Gula Melaka a.k.a. Ondeh-Ondeh, for dessert. We made everything from scratch with careful instructions, guidance and demonstration by the three chefs.
Quality bonding time
It was such a lovely way to spend the morning with my daughter. She really enjoyed cooking some delicious food and talking to the chefs about what their kids ate at home and how they became great cooks. We also had the lovely opportunity to dine with our hosts and chat with them too. The kitchen transformed into a dining room where we later ate the delicious food we had mastered.
The Neighbourhood Noms cooking classes can accommodate between 10-25 people. You can sign up individually or book as a group. They can cater to different tastebuds and ages so get in touch with them and they will happily customize a menu for your group. Prices start at $40 per person (depending on the menu) and they can hold classes on weekday afternoons or on Saturday morning.