We had a fantastic time. Firstly from trying to choose from the 160+ dishes to make. We were picked up from our hotel in a motorcycle tuk tuk which began the adventure, typical thailand travel. We went through the local fruit and vege market with our guide and chef who showed us all the different fruit, veges and herbs available. Were learnt there are more herbs than just thai basil , chilli and lemongrass. We then headed back to the cookery school again by tuk tuk where the real fun began. There were two couples this day so we were split into two groups, each with our own chef. We then all cooked our meals from scratch. We were shown the ingredients and then had to make our own pastes. The chef we had was very knowledgeable and friendly and whilst cooking our three chosen dishes even gave us tips and advice when making others. After we finished cooking we sat at the big table and ate our dishes. We shared our dishes amongst us as we made different dishes so it was great to try many different flavours. The staff were absolutely fantastic. From the driver who picked us up, to our chef, and even the staff who were assisting the chef and cleaning up after us. This is a delightful trip and can say very worthwhile. The owner of the school even came in at the end to say thankyou and provided us with some lovely tea.
Thanks to Stephanie, Jing and Phom for giving me and my girlfriend a fantastic cooking class. Stephanie was very patient and taught us step to step to cook the green curry chicken, steamed pork with blue crab and the Thai fried rice. You don’t need to worry about the result as you follow the steps!
This was a last minute decision to take the cooking class...1st one ever actually....and we my husband and I are SO GLAD we did, it was extraordinary!!! Tour of the market was perfectly timed, not too long, not too short, we learned a lot about the produce and the names of everything...very interesting. Then it was a very short walk not even 5 minutes to the cooking 'school'...a very nicely equipped house with lots of space to cook and very well organized with utensils, bowls, etc...they really thought of everything, it was very well prepared. You pre-choose 3 things to make and then make them accompanied by one of three chefs who are very experienced in Thai cuisine. We can't say enough about how nice this class was, we would definitely take it again....next time we return to Koh Samui. Highly recommend this class...TAKE IT!!!
We enjoyed our time and the guide was great, but if your intention is to learn how to cook thai food, then this isn't the class for anyone. We weren't given a recipe and were told to download it from their website when we get home, but we weren't given their website address to do this even though they advised that they would email this to us. Our chef was a lovely Thai lady who handed us vegetables to cut or chop without any measurements and all of us did as we were told and then she took the veg and herbs from us and then went and blended it, but we had no idea what we were doing. A great day out, but definitely not a cooking class
This is by far the most enjoyable and memorable experience we had for this 1 week holiday in Samui. We happened to be the only couple due to low season and had a very personal experience with Stephanie, Jing and Chef Phom. Our day started with Stephanie and Jing bringing us around the local market and buying fresh produce for our cooking. All the 3 dishes that we picked were freshly prepared and cooked in Stephanie's beautiful home. The way they conducted the cooking class from the gentile inclusion of us, to delegating tasks, teaching cooking skills and imparting knowledge was relaxed and entertaining. Finally the 3 dishes that we cooked was just mind blowing and lip smacking!! Really our most delicious Thai cuisine for this holiday. Strongly recommend this activity if you are looking for something different and personal!