If there’s one type of cuisine I could eat everyday, it has to be Thai food. During our 10 days in Thailand last month, every meal consumed was Thai oriented and IT.WAS.THE.BEST.
If only Tokyo had more veg-friendly Thai options…
While I’m in a perpetual state of food coma from all the amazing Thai dishes we had, one of the wisest decisions we made was to go for an authentic Thai Cooking Class – shoutout to #SisterParikh for convincing me after a loooooong quarrel, I’m sorry?
#SisterParikh had her mind set on attending a cooking class prior to the trip, me not-so-much. While the idea of this was pinned to our Google Sheets itinerary from day 1, I went with it thinking I’d be able to persuade her out of it…but I didn’t. So our first night over dinner in Koh Samui, #SisterParikh took no time to book the lesson from Cookly for the following day….which I wasn’t the most thrilled about even at that point.
As it was an overcast day the next morning, this was the perfect activity to have scheduled that AM. The car picked us up at the hotel and we went straight to the local Samui vegetable market to source for produce. Before entering the market, Bung our teacher for the day asked us to decide on the 4 dishes we wanted to make in today’s class. We decided upon massamam curry, green curry, pad thai and som tam salad (the class is very veg-friendly, btw!)
As we toured around the market, Bung acquainted us to the local Thai vegetables and spices used in the cuisine. Most of which to our surprise is quite similar in Indian food as well! Galanga (like ginger but with a subtle taste) is one that stuck to me the most!
After the market tour we were chauffeured to their home for a private cooking lesson! We reached Bung’s lovely house in Chaweng with an outdoor cooking set-up!
Bung explained and demonstrated the cooking steps thoroughly ensuring all of us were comfortable and able to follow. I was slowly slowly getting the hang of it and was a little less worried as I was at the beginning of the lesson. On the other hand, #SisterParikh was a PRO and even helped me out in between to save me from my horrible chopping skills embarrassment.
Who knew Thai cooking was this simple and straightforward. Here are the four dishes we made just in time for lunch!
Under Bung’s guidance, we cooked up a storm! All these amazing four Thai dishes, all cooked ourselves, quite the Masterchef feeling I had.
Such a fantastic experience, interacting with the locals and learning about their wonderful culture and cooking styles. Definitely recommend this to people visiting Koh Samui and who want to have a first-hand experience with authentic Thai culture.
For more information for this particular Thai cooking class in Koh Samui, click here!