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“Very professional and fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Cooking Courses

Tamarind Cooking Courses
One Block from Main St., Luang Prabang, Laos
856 21 262530
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Ranked #3 of 47 Activities in Luang Prabang
Type: Educational Sites, Classes
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Owner description: 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, and head directly at the cooking school. 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.
Rome, Italy
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“Very professional and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I, we joined the evening class. A tuk-tuk brought us from the gathering place (in front of the Tamarind Restaurant in the city center of Luang Prabang) to a nice rural place where the chef, very kind and fun guy, was waiting for us. He taught us how to prepare the sticky rice, two types of fresh sauces for it, fried chicken meatballs in lemongrass, spicy fish in banana leaf, a rice dessert with coconut milk, tamarind sauce and fresh tropical fruits. Everyone (we were 8 of us) was equipped with its own knives, cutting boards and a Laotian oven. At the end we ate together the dishes we had prepared with the chef! So cheap and very well organized!

Visited August 2013
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“Great Intro To Lao Cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was a highlight of our three days in Luang Prabang. The group size is small...about a dozen keen cooks from many different countries and age groups.
The market tour was an eyeopener for the uninitiated but loads of fun. I couldn't get over seeing bags of MSG for sale! It's still big in Laos and Sapa.
The kitchen setting is just beautiful beside a lotus filled lake. Even though it was pouring rain it did not affect us one bit.
You do not need to feel you are an expert to attend...all courses are relatively easy.
The best bit was to eat the results of your labour and share travel stories with your new friends. Favourite meal?? Fish Amok.
Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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“Brilliant cookery class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We've done lots of cookery classes whilst travelling and this was up there with the best. Our teacher/chef spoke excellent English and was informative, helpful and very entertaining! Started with market tour. Then tuk-tuk ride to beautiful riverside location. Everyone had own workstation. Demonstrations were clear for each dish and it was really fun to learn new ways of cooking (who knew you could stuff lemongrass?!) Each person made and ate their own dishes so you could make it spicy or less so. Each given a recipe booklet at end. A highly recommended half day out.

Visited August 2013
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“Great use of a morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

It's unlikely that you'll be cooking like this on a regular basis when you get home. The amount of preparation that's needed for good Laotion food is a little is not what a lot of us are used to. That said, the course is a real pleasure. You're taken to the market and from there to the cooking school. It's set in very beautiful grounds and you could happily spend the whole day there.

You don't walk away an expert but you do leave with a sense of accomplishment at what you've made for yourself and you are given a recipe book so you can practise at home. A tip for anyone planning to do it, go easy on the chili. It dominates the other flavours.

It's a well organised and engaging lesson. Well worth doing.

Visited August 2013
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“Great way to spend a morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We booked the morning class for 270,000 kip and after a welcome drink got taken to a market to see where all the ingredients came from and then were driven out to the cooking school, which was in a beautiful location with a huge lily pond and stream right next to the cooking area. The chef was entertaining and we moved at a decent pace to help us prepare 5 dishes for lunch (Eggplant dip, mok pa steamed fish, chicken stuffed in lemongrass, coconut sticky rice, buffalo laap). All of us doing the course had a great time whilst learning a little about Lao cuisine and of course the best part is getting to eat what you have made! The little recipe book you get at the end is a nice touch.

Visited May 2013
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