Recently we had a look at some of the best Thai food you must try when visiting the country, but if you want to take your culinary immersion one step further, doing a cooking course during your stay is the perfect way to go. Whenever we visit another country with a strong food culture we try to attend at least one cookery course. It’s a great way to spend a few hours and even if you probably won’t attempt many of the dishes when you get back home, it gives you a real appreciation and understanding of food preparation from different cultures; not to mention you get to eat a ton of freshly prepared food all in the name of education!
As food is undoubtedly one of the main aspects of Thai culture it makes sense that there are a good range of options available when it comes to choosing a cooking course in Bangkok and the rest of the country. Here are some of the most popular courses available and some of the highlights from their menus.
Bon appétit! Or as they say here churn thaan krup!
Silom Thai Cooking School
This Bangkok cooking class is the one we always send our guests to when they are in town for a few days or more. It’s a fun, laid back class that cooks of all abilities will be able to enjoy and get something out of. The course lasts just half a day and manages to include a trip to a local market to pick-up fresh ingredients for the lesson.
There are five different classes, each offered with a different menu, so make sure you pick the day that best suits your tastes, although to be honest, as each menu includes around six dishes, there should be something for everyone no matter what day you pick. Classes run three times a day, although the evening class doesn’t include a market visit and just features the cooking (and eating).
The Silom Thai Cooking School offers a low cost, half day, fun and educational experience that is located in central Bangkok, and will give you a good selection of Thai dishes to add to your repertoire.
- For more information and to book a place on this Thai food cooking course visit the website at http://www.bangkokthaicooking.com/
Cooking with Poo
Don’t let the name of this Bangkok cooking school put you off! Poo is the name of the chef and if you want to help put something back into the community then this Thai cooking course is the one for you. Set in the Klong Toey, an area of Bangkok with the largest slum community in the city, Cooking with Poo is part of the Helping Hands initiative which supports residents of the area by helping them start their own micro-businesses.
This Thai cookery class also features a visit to the market to explain how to source and select the fresh ingredients that are essential for authentic Thai dishes, such as Pad Thai, Green Curry and Beef with Cashew Nuts, all of which can be cooked on this course. The course lasts about four hours and they will pick you up and drop you off in downtown Bangkok to ensure your safe passage into the slum.
There are six menus to choose from, each offered on a different day of the week and although each menu only consists of three dishes, this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. If you want to see a side of Bangkok that most visitors don’t get to experience, as well as give something back to the community then Cooking with Poo is for you.
- To get the full range of details and learn more about this Helping Hands initiative, visit the website at http://www.cookingwithpoo.com or check out their Facebook page.
Khao Cooking School
If you are staying in the backpacker enclave of Khao San Road then this cooking school is right on your doorstep, and unlike the rest of the area, is refreshingly Thai. Offering an authentic Thai cooking experience to visitors for many years now, the good value Khao Cooking School covers three dishes per three hour lesson, with demonstrations from top chefs, followed by the students tackling the recipes themselves. They also offer ‘professional cooking’ classes which are more intense and serious than the fun regular sessions.