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!
You’re making me hungry! I love Thai food. 🍍🌺
Hehe, it’s my favourite too! <3
I love Thai food too! This sounds like great fun… and that market looks amazing!
My husband and I both love Thai food. This is def the kind of class he would take with me!!
Then I’m sure you both would really enjoy this, instead of one quarreling about it, like me. Lol
I’m obsessed with thai food! What an amazing experience! I love seeing how the markets were laid out!! I never thought of taking a cooking class while traveling but now it’s something I will definitely consider! Such a cultural immersion!
I honestly never thought I would be taking a class while being on vacation but it was one of the best decisions. Really recommend it!
Ive actually never eaten Thai food before, but this all looks delicious! A cooking class sounds like so much fun and I’m glad you ended up enjoying it.
You must try it, Stephanie. I’m sure you will love it!
These photos made me sooo hungry, the food looks amazing! The market looks incredible!
Awe such lovely photos! I love Thai food so much!
Thanks Kim! Happy to know you’re a fellow Thai-food lover.
I would also be skeptical of a cooking class but this also sounds like a lot of fun! That’s awesome you got to shop for the ingredients too. Glad you enjoyed yourself! The food looks so good.
Aww thanks, Angela!
I would love to take a cooking class like this. I have only had a few things that are Thai but I liked everything.
Happy to hear this! What’s there really not to like about Thai food, yeah?
I need to find a cooking class like this! WOW! It all looks so delicious. Glad you had a great time.
Definitely check out Cookly. They have a bunch of different cooking classes across many countries!
A thai cooking class sounds amazing! I love thai food, but don’t know if I would be too successful cooking it myself! -Tonya Tardiff
Honestly, I was very nervous about this. But you will leave feeling like an accomplished chef – haha!
What an amazing experience! I love Thai food, and learning to cook it IN THAILAND would be the best! – I always come home from trips to Mexico having learned how to cook a new dish or two, so this is right up my alley!
Isn’t it lovely learning a particular cuisine in the country its from? It’s the best way to understand a culture.
That private cooking lesson looks delightful! The dishes look exquisite but simple to prepare…