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Address: On the Nam Khan River | Ban Wat Sene, Luang Prabang, Laos
Phone Number: +856 71 213 128
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Description: Tamarind Restaurant in Luang Prabang offers day and evening cooking...
Tamarind Restaurant in Luang Prabang offers day and evening cooking classes in open air pavilions overlooking lily ponds just outside of town. Participants in day classes are taken there after a visit to the fascinating main market, where they are introduced to the unusual and intriguing ingredients that are the basis of Lao cuisine. From there it is off to Tamarind Gardens to cook Lao dishes in the authentic Lao style. Evening classes are shorter. Individual work stations allow you to follow the instructions of an entertaining and informative Lao teacher, whilst a bevy of staff clean up after you. The sessions end with a sumptuous meal, where you eat the fruits of your labours! Transport to and from Tamarind Restaurant and recipe book all included. Vegetarians welcome.
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Memorable day..... Very well organised

My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Starting with a trip to Market, then onto the beautiful rural setting. We loved the fact that it was so hands on and we all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Starting with a trip to Market, then onto the beautiful rural setting. We loved the fact that it was so hands on and we all cooked our own plentiful lunch. Everything tasted great. We can't wait to impress our friends with all the recipies we learnt and relive our food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

If you want to try your hand at preparing Laos food, give it a go! Well organised in a lovely cool setting. Will be difficult to source ingredients for the recipes in rural UK, but ok for those from Australia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Loved my experience with the Tamarind. Travelled to the markets to learn about a few different ingredients and some tastings of some unusual things! The cooking school is in a really lovely setting outside of town. The day was very informative and fun and of course delicious!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We did this on our first night in Luang Prabang. We arrived at the restaurant and were put in a tuk tuk and taken km out of town eventually ending up going down an unpaved road to a brilliant setting. There were two long benches set up with aprons, chopping boards, mortar/pestle, knives, towels etc plus a separate section with... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Visit to the market and then to the cookery school out of town in a lovely location. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. The chef's english was good and he was a very good teacher. You each have your own station and prepare and eat your own food. Well worth the money. We had eaten in the restaurant the night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Around ASEAN, we've been to numerous "cooking classes" and a few actual cooking classes. This was the latter. Everyone actually COOKED. Unusual setup in that they have enough stations for every person in the class to make each dish, or to make w/ partner. Plus, you eat what you personally cook -- so if you want spicy, can. If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I am not a confident cook at all, and yet by the end of the day I had prepared 5 fabulous dishes under the expert tutelage of Jai, from the Tamarind Restaurant. The day was really well organised, begins with a visit to a local market, is lots of fun and really good value for money. Highly recommended. I went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Location was idyllic just out of Luang Prabang. Our chef Chai, led us expertly through 5 separate courses. Food provided was fresh and tasty and typical of Lao cuisine. Cooking facilities were excellent and knives very sharp (better than mine at home!) Enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow chefs and the opportunity to eat our creations at lunch time. Recommended.

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I love cooking so always try to do a cooking class when I visit a country. This one was very well organized and I felt it was very good value for money. It started with a market tour in the central market of Luang Prabang where you see what Laos people eat every day. Some of the stuff are very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I've been to cooking classes all over SE Asia, and this is one of the best. After an informative trip to the local market, we headed up into the hills to a little retreat Tamarind uses for their cooking classes. Well paced instruction featuring numerous Lao courses. It's fun, informative and, if you pay attention, your dishes will be excellent!

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