A Singapore top civil servant, Mr Tan Yong Soon wrote an extensive article in our local newspaper about how he spent the holidays with his wife and son at the famous and expensive Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. He spent S$15,500 a head to learn at this posh cooking school.
I sent my son Jaymes to Jia Lei, a private cooking school, when he was 14 during his vacations. He obtained a Diploma in Baking after 1 month of intensive lessons. He then spent several weeks baking in a bakery.
Ms Bong Hiong Hwa, the founder of Jia Lei, has been teaching for more than 2 decades. She graduated from various cooking institutions in countries such as Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia. She teaches Dim Sum Making, Chinese Cooking, Cake Making & Decorations and Pastry & Bread Making.
She conducts daily lessons at her training centre. She has published more than 10 recipe books which are well received.
I have recommended local and international students to her. Recently, a Filipino friend sent her son to learn cake making here.
Ms Bong was teaching a lady to make a local traditional delicacy when we arrived. This lady intends to set up her own business selling this delicacy. It is a one-day hands-on course.
As I observed the lesson, Ms Bong generously shares her recipe and experience. She tells students what she knows, she does not hide anything from them. Jaymes has picked up lots of tips from her. Even until today, whenever Jaymes asks her for help, she would willingly share.
Ms Bong teaches housewives, school students and office workers at her training centre. Her centre is not posh but her recipes are authentic and you can be assured of good results for your baking or cooking.
There were two undergrads who were learning cake making. One of them was from Hong Kong. He is spending his holiday with his parents who are working in Singapore and decided to come for a one-day course.
Jia Lei Confectionery and Training Centre
Block 1 Rochor Road #03-502 Singapore 180001
Tel: 6294 6018 Fax: 6295 2383