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Learning to cook Thai food

One of the reasons for a visit to Thailand is to sample the delicious food. From the cheapest roadside stalls to the most sophisticated city restaurants, you will find Thai dishes that tickle your taste buds. One of the keys to Thai cuisine is the use of fresh spice and herbs which are put to good use in a huge number of delectable dishes. Flavourings such as lemongrass, coriander, chilli and coconut all compete to enhance a variety of dishes that will whet the appetite of just about anyone. Fish, fishcakes, delicately flavoured stir fries, curries (red, green, yellow, jungle and southern), Phad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, fresh seafood, vegetables and the freshest fruit are the norm in Thai cooking. Vegetarians are also likely to enjoy a feast of tasty options. The only worry is finding the time to try everything on the menu.

For those that think they might like to try and recreate these fabulous dishes at home, a Thai cookery course offers you a great opportunity to learn. Professional demonstrations will have you brandishing your wok like an old hand in no time.

Cookery courses

If you would like to learn a little about the art of Thai cooking we can offer 2 or 3 day Thai Cooking Course in Bangkok or Chiang Mai as well as a number of other destinations throughout the country.

The courses, which impart the many secrets of Thai cuisine, are designed for participants who have little time but who wish to acquire the basic knowledge needed to create delicious meals at home. To gain a full appreciation of the essence of Thai cuisine, the course begins with an introduction to the kitchen lay-out, the utensils, the cooking techniques, Thai food names, the selection of ingredients and basic food groups. The cooking classes are held in an outdoor classroom in the midst of mango, banana, papaya trees and a garden of fresh herbs and spices. The brief lectures, the preparation of ingredients, the hands-on cooking demonstrations and time for discussion are all conducted in the open air kitchen.

Regardless of your prior culinary experience, you will learn new skills such as how to blend fresh herbs and spices using traditional utensils like the mortar, pestle and the coconut grinder. You will also pick up authentic recipes and find out about the great variety of vegetables, some of which are picked fresh from the gardens. The main topics covered in the course are soups, salads, curry pastes and curried stir-fried dishes, decorative fruit and vegetable carvings and desserts.

An excursion to the traditional open-air market is part of the learning experience so that you can see how the fresh ingredients are selected. Discussions also offer an insight into fascinating Thai culinary traditions. Students also venture beyond The Thai House to explore the local village and discover more about life along the 'klong'.

To ensure productive sessions, the maximum class size is limited to 10 participants per session. At the end of the course, most participants will be able to prepare a complete dinner menu of their choice.

If you would like to attend this course or would like to do a cooking course elsewhere in Thailand please let us know at the time of booking.



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