Cooking in the Thai Kitchen

IMG_8987One of the must-do’s of travelers in Thailand, aside from touring the temples and shopping their hearts out, is to take a Thai cooking class. After all, where else can you be guaranteed an authentic Thai cooking experience than in Thailand?

There are plenty of cooking classes available in Thailand, not just in Bangkok. Some specialize in vegetarian fares, while some even gives you a tour of the Thai markets, so you’d know how to pick the freshest ingredients.

I picked Thai Kitchen. I picked this particular class because I am a sucker for good looking websites. Shallowness aside, I liked that they don’t have the market tour (for I hate going to the wet market), and it’s fairly easy to get to (just a short walk from the Saladaeng BTS station).
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The recipes differ each day, so you can choose which day you’d want to attend, depending on your own schedule and food preference. I opted to attend the Friday class, as I wanted to learn how to cook pad thai. They had a promo then, and instead of paying THB2,000 for the class, I only had to pay THB1,000.

The instructor was very professional and encourages us to ask questions. He started the class by introducing us to the common herbs and ingredients used in Thai cuisine like galangal palm sugar and kaffir lime leaves.

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IMG_9631It was a pretty good value, I think. First of, there were only 5 of us in the class, and we each have our own work space with the necessary cooking equipment. Due to the time constraint, some of the items in the menu were prepared by the instructor, like the lemongrass tea and the sticky rice with mango, while the shrimp and pork toast were prepared by the students and deep fried by his assistant (as there was only 1 deep fryer). After the class, we get to eat the dishes we cooked, and they even gave us a goody bag which included a Thai Kitchen apron, Thai Kitchen cook book, and samples of their products like the fish sauce, coconut milk, red, yellow and green curry pastes.

If you’re headed to Bangkok, set aside a morning and some moolah for a Thai cooking class. It’d definitely worth it!

Epicurean Kitchen Thai Cooking School
10/2 Soi Convent Road
Silom, Bangrak
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Telephone: (66)-02-631-1119
Fax: (66)-02-631-1117

Coming up next: Poor Nina’s Pad Thai

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 6 Comments
  1. Christine says:

    How fun! I would have really enjoyed that, and wish I had time for a class while I was there. I’m looking to do this in Bali when I go next month, have you heard of any places there that offer cooking courses? The only one I know of is open only on M – W – F,, and Ill be there Sat-Mon lang.

  2. nina says:

    I haven’t looked into Bali yet, so I really can’t recommend any.

    However, I made a quick Googling and found these 3 outfits that has classes on weekends:
    http://www.bali-cooking.com/free_cooking_school.php
    http://www.balidiscovery.com/tours/tour.asp?Id=439
    http://www.balisecretgarden.com/cooking-school-bali.htm

    This one was recommended at BnA (actually, it was the guesthouse that was recommended, but anyway) http://www.alamindahbali.com/cafe_wayan.htm

    Hope this helps, and have a great trip! 🙂 (inggit ako!)

  3. Yoru says:

    The food sure looks yummy! Agh, I’m so envious. I wish I could cook like that.

  4. Eva says:

    I would like know how can you the special offer THB 1,000 only for the lesson. Because I didn’t see the offer on the website.

  5. nina says:

    Hi Eva! They were advertising the special price last year on their website. Maybe it’s a limited time offer? :-/

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