Bayan Indah Culinary Retreat
Looking for something different
to do in your spare time, on a weekend or when on holiday in Malaysia? Look no
more. KL now has a new attraction for the discerning food lover with a taste for
Bayan Indah is a genuinely unique place, situated in Kuala Lumpur, capital city of the culinary heart of South East Asia, Malaysia. It is nestled in a rustic location on the edge of pristine tropical rain forests, yet luxuriously fitted throughout with a quirky, beautiful blend of rare Asian antiques, modern Asian artworks and furniture hand-made by our own carpenter. The grounds are green and lush; encompassing our unique tropical herb garden from which many of the natural cooking ingredients in our recipes are sourced. Native wildlife wander freely around our property and the surrounding virgin jungle. Yet we are only less than half an hour by car from Kuala Lumpur's City Centre; an oasis in the middle of KL's hectic urban sprawl.
At Bayan Indah, we believe that one of the best ways to learn and appreciate the true spirit of Malaysia is through its amazing food and food culture. Bayan Indah aims to charm and delight, to teach and to entertain, to soothe and calm, and to, above all, ensure that each of its food-loving visitors, be they local or global, have a meaningful culinary and cultural experience they will remember and talk about for years to come.
Links about Bayan Indah: Press, Travel Guides & Blogs, Bayan Indah In Action, facebook
Accommodation and FacilitiesOur boutique accommodation caters exclusively for small groups of between 8-10 persons sharing, and is eclectic and stylish, comfortable and contemporary. Details on our rooms and other facilities are as follows. Please note that the minimum stay is 2 nights and rental is only for the whole apartment (all 4 rooms) at RM 2300 per night. This includes a welcome dinner for everyone on the first night.
|*||Kantan Suite||A 560 sqf. room with a king-size bed, double sofa bed, own TV with satellite channels, study room, private garden and en-suite bathroom with shower room set in the middle of a tropical forest.|
|*||Kunyit Room||Our only 2 single-bed room that is 230 sqf. in size and comes with a study table and en-suite bathroom.|
|*||Selasih Room||A 230 sqf. room with a king-size bed, study table and en-suite bathroom.|
|*||Pandan Room||A 275 sqf. Room with a king-size bed, day bed, study table and en-suite bathroom.|
|Extras||All guests staying at Bayan Indah get a 10% discount on the cost of cooking lessons.|
|*||Dining Area||Able to cater for a maximum of 30 diners. Minimum size for meals is 12 persons.|
|Various table seating styles and themes can be arranged|
|*||Food & Beverages||Home-made meals can be catered for room guests and other functions upon request. Please note that we are not a restaurant and therefore we do not have a standard menu so every meal is a customised dining event which we discuss with you beforehand.|
|*||Kitchen||Able to accommodate up to a maximum of 16-20 persons depending on class / session|
|Fully open plan layout, with views to pristine rainforest and gardens|
|*||Internal Facilities||Fully equipped with walk-in pantry, 6 ovens, 8 stovetops (24 hobs), 3 fridges, 4 sinks and a range of modern cookware, kitchen tools and gadgets. Aprons for classes also supplied. All class cooking ingredients supplied.|
|*||Lounge||Open plan lounge with Astro satellite TV and DVD facilities|
|*||Pantry||Private pantry with complimentary cold juices, fresh fruits, fresh coffee/tea, etc|
|*||Library||An eclectic selection of recipe books, magazines and food writing titles for the avid food reader.|
|*||Seminar House||Housed in a separate private building, this cosy air-conditioned open plan room is suitable for small seminars, functions and meetings with tables and seating for up to 25 persons (min of 12 persons)|
|*||Facilities||Complimentary use of overhead projector and 2 x flipcharts|
|*||Catering||Catering for tea breaks and meals is available, fresh from our kitchen. There is also a pantry for top-up coffee/teas and refreshments.|
|*||Seminar House||The Seminar House is available for intimate presentations, talks, small demos and also as a press room. Housed in a separate private building, this cosy air-conditioned open plan room is suitable for up to 25 persons per session|
|*||Main House||The main house at Bayan Indah is also available for tasteful signage, dinner, buffet dining, presentations, talks, etc, either in place of the Seminar House or to complement it with other additional activities|
|*||Kitchen||The main large open-plan kitchen is also available for demos and talks as required. The secondary separate wet kitchen below is not available|
|*||Upstairs||If required, the upstairs lounge, library and even the private rooms can also be used for demos, treatments, changing rooms, private meetings or other activities for small groups|
|*||Catering||For sit-down dining, Bayan Indah can handle up to 25 persons per session. For buffets, Bayan Indah can handle up to a maximum of 40-50 persons per session. We do not have a standard menu so meals will always be customised as per your requirements.|
What Makes Bayan Indah Unique
Bayan Indah is designed to be different, stylish, rustic yet modern, funky, bright, calming, functional, charming, etc. However, it is still a uniquely Malaysian experience in a unique location nestled in pristine tropical forests. Many of our organic ingredients come directly from our own herb gardens - it is simply healthier and tastier!
|*||An Easy Escape from the City||
Living in or visiting KL
and feel like a short stimulating break away from the concrete jungle
but do not want the hassle of flying or long distance driving? Bayan
Indah is less than 30 minutes by car from KL's City Centre. Come join us
too if you feel you need to do something creative and different, or if
you just want a quick unusual break for a day
|*||Enjoy the House and its Natural Environment||
Bayan Indah is like a
home away from home, but better. It was voted House of the Year by local
architects in 2008. Enjoy the quiet elegance of our interiors and the
fresh air, calm and tranquillity at our retreat located in the heart of
a small and charming Malay kampong (village). But you don't have to
believe us as the media and many bloggers have checked us out thoroughly
(we are probably the most blogged-about cooking school in Malaysia), and
you can find out why on the
media and bloggers link
|*||Cooking Classes and Culinary Adventures||
Cooking at home is now a
luxury for modern people. Yet, sensible individuals know that eating out
on a regular basis is an unhealthy habit, not sustainable in the long
term. There is a middle ground. At Bayan Indah, you can relax, be at one
with nature and be gently taught, in a hands-on way, how to take control
of your diet. At our cooking classes, you will learn how to make dishes,
from fresh and local ingredients, that are simple and quick to prepare
yet delicious and wholesome. Many ingredients come from our own organic
There are over 70 themes to choose from and you will be shown how to transform various herbs, spices, vegetables and meats into tantalising and tasty local, Asian, fusion and international meals which will wow your family and friends at home.
+ For a complete list of the themes, please look at our themes
+ For the latest calendar of classes, check out our diary
+ For our recent activities, please look at our facebook or our picture album archives
You can also tailor a private class for your family or a group of friends fashioned around an existing theme or a completely new theme based on your personal desires and requirements. Market visits can also be arranged. Find out more on our class options link
|*||Private Dinners and Functions||Tired of dining at the usual restaurants in the city? We cater private dinners and functions for parties of 12 to 25 for your family and friends or for your staff and visitors. We have also hosted parties for clubs, staff gatherings, reunions, corporate spouse programmes, birthdays, bridal showers, private weddings, etc. Please note that we are not a restaurant and therefore we do not have a standard menu so every meal is a customised dining event which we discuss with you beforehand.|
|*||Exclusive Seminars and Meetings||A unique and exotic location to have an off-site team meeting (perhaps including some culinary team building), a management retreat, a strategy pow-wow or even an exclusive private presentation. Top-notch customised catering is also provided, direct from our kitchen and organic herb gardens. Please note that we are not a restaurant/hotel which handles multiple groups in a single day, so every such event means that the whole of Bayan Indah will be dedicated exclusively to your group and unavailable for other people. Click on our Creative Events link to see what else we can do for you.|
|*||Launches and Publicity Events||The beauty and elegance of Bayan Indah and its surroundings have attracted many major companies to launch their products or organise promotional events with us. We have been described as charming, quirky, distinctive, different, exciting and, very often, as a delicious location! Our exclusivity, private location and intimacy guarantees that every such event will be remembered as a special day out by the press and your clients. Please click on our Creative Events link to see why we are different.|
Visit our website on www.bayanindah.com for more details, photographs and links.
Young Pastry Chef and Food Writer
Lots of people tell Rohani that
they wish they had a job like hers – a passion converted into a
profession. After more than 25 years of “mucking around in the kitchen”, she still gets as much of a
kick out of putting together a great recipe as she did when she was just an overly enthusiastic young
student at the London Cordon Bleu.
Upon returning to KL, getting employment in a commercial kitchen was easy, but sticking to the
unsociable, back-breaking hours and lean pay was harder. Her impatient, ambitious young soul
rebelled against the mind-numbing routine that forms much of the workday of a lowly pastry cook
stuck in the bowels of a large hotel kitchen. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, she made a
switch to working with food, still her first love, from a more comfortable position. She did that by
sweet-talking the editor of Her World magazine into hiring her as their resident food writer (even now,
she still works with them).
Happily installed in an office filled with interesting people, a Poggenpohl kitchen and photo studio, she
spent seven thoroughly enjoyable years filling the food pages of that wonderful magazine with
appealing, workable recipes and eye catching pictures – a skill she still uses today in her work as a
recipe consultant to food companies, restaurants and publications.
Cooking Teacher and Innkeeper
When Rohani first hatched the crazy idea of hosting cooking classes out of her home kitchen, she had
no inkling whether hands-on lessons would appeal to cooking students. Or who these potential
“students” were likely to be. At the time, most cooking schools taught cooking demonstration-style but
she wanted to offer a much more interactive experience. But would people be prepared to get their
hands dirty, fumble their way around an unfamiliar kitchen and cook among strangers?
She begged friends and friends of friends, to let her teach them how to cook for free. All they had to
do was answer her simple questionnaire: did they like the class format and would they part with hard
earned money for it? Even then, she was convinced that doing, as opposed to watching someone
else doing, was the best way to learn. How else could you tell what texture to aim for, or how
something should smell when it is done? Ten years later, she is still teaching eager students the
best way to shred herbs for nasi kerabu and how to make perfectly, easy ayam percik. Since then,
the range of class themes have widened and through the classes, she has met an amazing number of
nice people. So maybe it was not such a crazy idea after all.
Rohani has since expanded her kitchen and in 2009, opened up her house as Bayan Indah,
Malaysia’s own very first culinary resort
Culinary Adventurer and Food Historian
When she is not teaching classes, developing recipes, writing or blogging about food or styling
pictures for photography for insertion into food related publications; and more recently, looking after
the interesting guests at Bayan Indah, she takes the time to travel, eat, prowl markets and explore the
ever-exciting, fascinating world of food.
Contact Rohani Jelani at Bayan Indah
If you want to contact Rohani about her work, working with her, attending a cooking class or to book a
little stay at Bayan Indah, write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on +603 77290122.
Visit her website on www.rohanijelani.com for more details and photographs.