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Join us for a hands-on cooking class at Macy's Union Square's Cellar Kitchen with Azalina and La Cocina!
Azalina was born in a tribal village in Malaysia – her parents grew spices including cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom in her back yard. She always loved cooking and ended up training as a chef and working in the pastry kitchens of some of the finest hotels in the world in Malaysia and then in Japan.When Azalina moved to San Francisco with her husband, she began to rediscover and reinvent some of her favorite dishes. She started cooking the curries she remembered from her childhood because they were flavors that she wanted to pass on to her two children, even though they are growing up so far from where she was born. She called up her parents and had them ship her some of spices and solid palm sugar so she could keep up with her family and friends’ demand for the unique Malaysian flavors she was creating. Malaysian food is a unique combination of influences – most notably, Indian and Thai. Almost every dish uses over ten different kinds of spice and ingredients like coconut milk and chilies abound.
So many of her friends loved the food that Azalina decided to start a business selling at the Alemany Farmers Market on Saturdays. A year later, she began the program at La Cocina and is now selling at Off the Grid Market at Fort Mason on Fridays and focused more on catering. She just recently launched her own line of three traditional Malaysian simmer sauces, and has plans to expand her line in the future. Her current line of sauces can be found at Whole Foods in San Francisco Area. All curry simmer sauces are vegetarian allowing people to add the meat of choice, if desired.
Learn to make one of Azalina's signature dishes and get a taste of this delicious cuisine!
This event is $20, and proceeds benefit La Cocina. For more information on La Cocina, visit lacocinasf.org.