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East African Cooking

East African Cooking

Next Available: Sat, 04 Dec 4:30PM (AEDT)
3 hours


The region of East Africa has been influenced by so many empires, travelers, and traders. With these influences the flavours of East African cuisine are varied yet simple, filling and staples. You will often find a porridge made from maize called ugali as an alternative to rice being served with stews. The mashed plantain dish of matoke is also a favourite.

Meat is an important part of the diet as the regions of Kenya and Tanzania have many cattle herders. Spices have been traded through the region from India to Europe for centauries and are commonly ground by each household to their taste.

When you come to an East African Coking class with Foodie Trails in Melbourne you will not only learn the basics of the flavours but also home cooking by traditional chefs.

Your hosts 

Abderazzaq and Shukri are home cooks who love to share their culture through food. The couples’ cooking is best classified as East African and reflects their Somali heritage and growing up in Kenya and Tanzania.

Shukri Abdikarim started cooking when she was nine years old. She would write recipes from her mother, aunties, and friends in a big black book that is the trusted source of many tried and tested recipes (she still has the same book!).

Shukri grew up in the ancient city of Mombasa, a melting pot for immigrants from Iran, Portugal, Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and the Indian sub-continent.

Abderazzaq Noor spent much of his childhood helping out in the family restaurant which specialised in Somali cuisine. This was the start of his appreciation for good food and cooking.

Abderazzaq’s other loves of history and writing led him to start a food blog where he and Shukri develop and curate recipes from Somali and other cultures.

What we will cook


  • Pilau ya nyama – a Swahili phrase that translates as aromatic rice cooked with meat (A similar dish is called Bariis Iskukaris in Somali (this means one pot rice or rice cooked with something e.g. meat or vegetables). This dish is cooked all over Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Kachumbari – tomato and onion salad – this salad has its origin in India where it is called kachumbar. It is popular along the East African coast.

  • Yoghurt, mint and chilli sauce – great to have with anything. Try it as a salad dressing or a dip for chips.

  • Somali shaah – black tea infused in spices.


Class Duration

The class is 3 hours in duration.



All participants will be given the opportunity to prepare and cook.

Participants will be provided with knives/utensils and utilise commercial cooking equipment supplied by our venue.


Recipe Pack

Each participant receives a recipe pack so they have all the information to prepare this meal at home for friends and family.


Venue: Coatesville Bowling Club

62 Mackie Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165


More Information

The class is not a cooking course it is an informal session where we learn the basics and share our experiences. We are not professional chefs just home taught by our families and enjoy cooking and celebrating with food. Come for an afternoon/evening of fun, and celebration with food.

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What you will learn

  • The hands-on cook along experience are 1.5 hours each with an experienced cook showing you techniques and answering your questions live. · Menus will cover 2-3 dishes per session. · Menus are designed using pantry items and average shopping items, plus spices from the spice box. We ask that you purchase the remaining ingredients in advance for the class

What you will get

  • The hands-on cook along experience are 1.5 hours each with an experienced cook showing your techniques and answering your questions live.
Parking Info

Free parking available on site

What to bring

  • Yes

What to wear


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Our office must be advised by telephone (1800 667 791) of any cancellation or amendment to a booking as follows: Cancellation Within 7 days – No Refund / 7 to 14 days-50% / Over 14 days full Refund minus booking fees.

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Terms & Conditions

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of bookingA minimum of 4 people per tour is required for the tour to proceed.Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.If you need any special assistance during the course of the tour please make this known at the time of booking.Fitness level required: easy. It is a walking tour, but the walks are easy and on public roads. You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

Cancellation Policy

Our office must be advised by telephone (1800 667 791) of any cancellation or amendment to a booking as follows: Cancellation Within 7 days – No Refund / 7 to 14 days-50% / Over 14 days full Refund minus booking fees.

General Conditions

The tours offer an opportunity to sample food and eat a meal at a local restaurant, while we have taken reasonable precautions in suggesting these restaurants; we suggest you apply your own discretion to enjoy your meals there.

The tour price includes pre-selected food and drinks. If you would like to order an item off the menu, you may do so at your own cost. Each ticket is entitled to one drink, you are welcome to order additional drink at your own expense.

If you have advised us of any dietary/ allergy requirements we would have informed the restaurants of this at the time of booking however please mention this to your tour host and the wait staff at the restaurants on arrival. We will not be responsible for medical conditions and allergies not advised at the time of booking.

Tours are run on a schedule and will leave according to times stated on itineraries. We are unable to make compensation for late. We accept no responsibility for passengers failing to be at designated start point at designated times, no refund is provided for passengers failing to meet our tour at designated times.

We cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Passengers must be able to prove age over 18 years for consumption of alcohol at restaurants.

All fares are in Australian Dollar.

We reserve the right to alter any part of the itinerary without notice.

Payment will be accepted by VISA / Mastercard however 1.5% accounting fee applies

Waiver for Foodie Trailsto be signed by all guests on the tour.


As a participant of the Foodie Trails walking tour and as consideration for being allowed to participate in the Foodie Trails walking tour , I acknowledges, appreciate, understand, and agree to the following:

I understand and agree that Beacon Holidays Pty Ltd T/A Foodie Trails (Foodie Trails) is not responsible for the foods or beverages consumed on this tour.

I understand that Foodie Trails acts solely as agent in arranging tours and transportation and facilitating venue visits and other services and does not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, loss or damage due to any act or default of any company, organization or person which on its behalf is engaged in transporting participants, rendering service, or carrying out arrangements for any tour or by the act of default of any restaurant or shop or its employees.

I understand that Foodie Trail tours are run on a schedule and will leave according to times stated on the relevant itineraries. I acknowledge and understand that should I be late to arrive at the designated place for the tour on the designated day, I forfeit my ticket and lose any prior fee paid for participating in the tour. I understand that no refund will be made available to me for failing to meet the tour at the designated time.

I hereby waive all claims of liability against Foodie Trails, its owner(s), employees, and tour guides to the extent permitted by law for any illness/injury to me on this tour and/or loss/damage/theft to my property while I am participating in this tour. As a participant, I understand that I will walk and participate in this walking tour at my own risk and henceforth waive any liability against Foodie Trails, its owner(s), employees, and tour guides to the extent permitted by law.

I agree to grant Foodie Trails a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up license to use my photographic, video, or digital likeness solely for their promotional and/or commercial purposes.

Alcohol Waiver: Brewery and/or restaurant visits may involve alcoholic drink tasting before, during, or after the tour. As a participant on a tour that involves consumption of alcohol, I affirm that I am over the legal drinking age of 18. I further accept full responsibility for my behaviour, well being, and health throughout the tour should I choose to consume alcohol during the tour.

The tour may also involve walking through unfamiliar corridors, gangways, stairways and driveways. I knowingly and wilfully accept these risks and take complete and total responsibility for my behaviour, well being and health during the tour. I further agree to hold neither Foodie Trails Tours nor the hosting brewery and/or restaurant or facility liable in any way should any harm come to me during the tour.

I am aware and acknowledge that the tour price includes pre-selected food and drinks. I further acknowledge that should I wish to order an item from the menu, I will do so at my own cost. I understand and acknowledge that each ticket is entitled to one drink and that I will pay for any additional drinks at my own expense.

I have advised Foodie Trails of my dietary/ allergy requirements (if any) to intern let the restaurants know. We recommend that you talk to the staff of the cafes and restaurants before consuming anything. Foodie Trails takes no responsibility for any food reaction that participants may have (and we don’t want you to get sick; we want you to have a great time!). I will not hold Foodie Trails responsible for any medical conditions and/or allergies that occur during the tour.

I further acknowledge and agree to Foodie Trails altering any part of the itinerary for this tour without notice to me.

By purchasing the ticket to this tour, I affirm that I have read, fully understood and agree to the above Terms and Conditions, Waiver and Release of Liability.

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