Thai Cooking Class
Thailand still remains Southeast Asia’s most popular destination and luckily for me, it’s just a hour or so flight away from Singapore. I had been to Bangkok about a year ago, although at the time the area was congested with the city’s usual traffic mayhem rather than the current political demonstrations.
I recently stopped by Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, for a couple days before continuing my travels to Burma. I stayed in Karon, which is a bit calmer than the Patong area but still very developed. After wandering the area, I decided to leave the crowded beaches and go my usual trip activity route of finding a local cooking class. I found Kelly’s Thai Cooking Class in Kata nearby, and immediately booked her morning class.
Kelly originally started her cooking class about 3 years ago to fill her mid morning time when she used to run a guesthouse. Her cooking classes have become very popular and she now runs cooking classes twice a day (lunch and dinner courses), Monday through Saturday. The lunch class begins at 11am and the dinner class at 4pm; the class lasts about 2 hours during which you will prepare three dishes. There is also a market tour option for some classes. Kelly offers free pickup and return transport from the Kata and Karon areas.
The class was fantastic and smoothly run. We each had our own prep and cooking stations, and I really loved how we each made our own individual portions so we could customize it to our tastes. Her classes generally will be max 6 people which allows everyone to have their own cooking stations. Kelly was great at explaining all the ingredients and also provided tips on different variations of the dishes we made.
I took the class with one other (another Bay Area girl!) and we decided to make Tom Yum Soup, Cashew Nut Chicken, and of course the classic Pad Thai. I was amazed how easy these dishes were and how quick it was to make. The amount of ingredients were not excessive like some other Southeast Asian dishes, and the actual cooking time was probably 5 minutes for each dish! I definitely will be trying these recipes at home.
I have done many cooking classes on my travels and I have to say this is one of my favorites. It was a small class with a pleasant teacher, even pace, and the perfect amount of hands on cooking and prep work. Highly recommended!
And now into our menu! Click on each dish for the recipe: