Moving to a foreign country is an intimidating experience, especially when you don’t speak the language. But, Malaysia’s warmth (the weather and the people!) has attracted Miwa Matsutani, a 45-year-old Japanese woman to make Kuala Lumpur her home. She lived in KL when she was working with Japan Club KL from 2003 to 2006 and returned in 2013 when she married a Muslim Malaysian man. She now offers Japanese cooking classes and hosts classes twice a month. Read on as we caught up with Miwa and why she teaches Japanese cooking classes to Malaysians.
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1. What do you like about living in Malaysia?
2. When do you start offering the Japanese cooking class?
5. Who usually joins the class? Is it expats or locals?
6. Is the class beginner-friendly? Can someone who has no cooking skills join the class?
7. What do you usually teach in class? What kind of food?
8. Where do you usually find halal/Muslim-friendly Japanese ingredients?
It is quite easy to find Japanese ingredients in KL. I usually go to Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer and Focal Marketing. They are a wholesaler of Japanese seasonings.
9. What would you tell someone who wants to join your cooking class?
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