Three times I’ve been to this cooking school and three times I’ve walked away with something new. It’s where I learnt the fundamentals of Thai cuisine passed what I thought I knew at home. To really truly grasp the concept of a different cuisine it is always best to travel and try it firsthand. Eat what you can, everywhere you can and a cooking class doesn’t hurt either. At the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School I was giving a better understanding of the intensities and subtleties of the flavours used, the harmonious balance required among the aspects of taste, the smells and sights of the Thai market, the localness and freshness of their ingredients.
I came here on my first trip to Thailand in 2012, when my love affair with Thai food was taking shape. Offering a 5 day set of beginners courses on a rotation, each day offering 5 different dishes as well as a dessert there was lots of options to choose from. Myself I waited for the rotation to go back to Day 1, so I could start at the beginning. Have to learn the basic fundamentals before expanding on them. With the limited time of most backpackers I managed to fit in 3 days of classes which gets you a recipe booklet containing all 5 days’ worth of recipes, an apron and a certificate as a souvenirs.
Upon my return to Chiang Mai two and a half years later, I went straight back to finish the final 2 days of the beginners classes. This though only made me want more and luckily there was. My most recent trip back, yet again I returned again for unfortunately only ‘1 Master’ class (as they are much more expensive than the beginners class). With these you can pick between the 5 master courses on offer. Each one delving a little further into the cuisine and away from the generic dishes that everyone knows. I chose class number 5 focusing on Northern Thai style dishes which included the Khao Soi. A dish I had long awaited learning how to properly make from scratch, curry paste and all. Once again I received a booklet with all 5 days of master class recipes and more knowledge to bring with me for the rest of my days.
Anyone that is interested in a cooking class in Chiang Mai, I would more than highly recommended a beginners class from this one. With lots of options of a 6 dish course, a different additional activity with each day and of course the recipe booklet. One class and you walk away with the recipes for all 5 including some extras for homemade curry pastes, sweet chili sauce and chili jam. In my opinion even though there are dozens of options around Chiang Mai, there is only one real choice.
Address – 47/2 Moon Muang Rd. (opposite Tha Phae Gate)
Day 1 – Introduction to Thai Ingredients: Hot and Sour Prawn Soup (Tom Yum), Green Curry with Chicken, Thai Style Fish Cakes, Thai Fried Noodles (Pad Thai), Spicy Minced Chicken Salad, Water Chestnuts in Coconut Milk
Day 2 – Making Homemade Curry Paste: Panaeng Curry with Pork, Chiang Mai Curry with Chicken, Fried Fish with Chilies and Basil, Sweet and Sour Vegetables, Spicy Glass Noodle Salad, Black Sticky Rice Pudding
Day 3 – Tour of the Local Market: Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup, Red Curry with Fish, Fried Mixed Mushrooms with Baby Corn, Fried Big Noodles with Thick Sauce, Papaya Salad, Steamed Banana Cake
Day 4 – Shopping at the Local Market: Yellow Curry with Chicken, Steamed Fish in Banana Leaves, Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Fried Big Noodles with Sweet Soy Sauce, Spicy Prawn Salad Northeastern Stye, Bananas in Coconut Milk
Day 5 – Vegetable Carving: Clear Soup with Minced Pork, Spring Rolls, Roast Duck Curry, Fried Chicken with Ginger, Chicken in Pandanus Leaves, Mango with Sticky Rice
Prices Per Person
1 Day – 1450 Baht
2 Days – 2800 Baht
3 Days – 4050 Baht
4 Days – 5400 Baht
5 Days – 6700 Baht