Before my first visit, I’d never had the idea to do a cooking class in Thailand. Too expensive, I thought, and probably only interesting for ambitious chefs. But when I got there I realized: You can book a cooking course almost everywhere in Thailand and it’s kind of a Must-Do for any visitor. They are not that expensive and considering that you get to eat what you’re cooking during the day it’s a real bargain. And fun is guaranteed, cooking is very communicative and you can improve your Thai cooking skills at the same time!
Making your own homemade Thai curry paste
Who would have known that doing your own curry is so easy? At a Thai cooking class you’ll learn which ingredients to pick for red, yellow or green curry. Mix it all together in a mortar, add spices according to your taste and tadaa – you made your very own homemade Thai curry paste!
Cooking class on a farm around Chiang Mai
I booked my cooking class at Smart Cook in Chiang Mai. A piece of advice: Book a cooking course on a farm! You’ll see more from the beautiful countryside around Chiang Mai and it’s a real treat to get out of the bustling city for a day.
My course even included a ride with a local train to the farm – very interesting. On the farm, we took a little break during lunchtime and there were a ton of bicycles we could use to ride around the small farmers’ village and explore the surroundings like a buddhist temple. So relaxing!
What dishes do you learn to prepare in a Thai cooking class?
The food we cooked was superdelicious! We could choose our own dish from a variety of meals, but in the end we got a recipe book with all recipes for free!
How to find a good cooking class in Thailand
Most cooking classes include the following items:
Visiting the local market before starting the course: That’s how you get to know best all exotic and important ingredients of the Thai cuisine – and you can identify them easier next time you go to a market on your own!
all ingredients are included plus simple beverages like water or soda
a menu consisting of 3 to 4 dishes: mostly you can choose between a variety of dishes, I recommend to choose different ones in the group, so you can swap and taste a bit of everything
a small recipe book with all recipes of the cooking class
A few cooking schools provide classes in unusual surroundings like Smart Cook in Chiang Mai: Here they are offering cooking class in an open air kitchen on a farm outside Chiang Mai.
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