Nepal Cooking School
Nepal Cooking School
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Nepal's best cooking class. Visit the real local market to buy the freshest ingredients and return back to class by rickshaw - the way locals do. Learn about the ingredients and techniques from our experienced Nepali chef, then prepare, cook and eat 4 delicious courses of traditional Nepali food - 3 classes daily 9 am, 1.30 pm and 4:30 pm.
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Stephen B
Hong Kong, China20 contributions
Solo
I took a class a few days ago, and I highly recommend it. The staff were very friendly, helpful knowledgeable (and patient with our mistakes!).

We started with a walk through the hectic Thamel district to pick up ingredients and spices, then had a rickshaw ride back to the school, where we learned to make thukpa (a spicy noodle soup), bara (lentil pancakes), chicken momos and chocolate momos. This was Menu 2 (groups can also choose Menu 1 or Menu 3 by consensus), but recipes for all the possible dishes are sent by email after the lesson, so you can learn to make more than the dishes you make in your lesson.

All the dishes were delicious, and the atmosphere was lively and entertaining.

The fact that all proceeds from these classes go to charity is just one more reason to recommend Nepal Cooking School.

Thanks, ladies - this was a great way to usher in the new year.!
Written January 2, 2020
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Cajenn66
5 contributions
Solo
What a fun way to spend a 1/2 day in Kathmandu...Neelam and Swastika were an amazing team and introduced me to Nepali cooking techniques, recipes, and spices. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to take a bit of culture home with them.
Written January 4, 2020
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AK
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I did the 1 hour momo class with Nilam, and it was wonderful! Nilam was a great host and teacher, and she was a very experienced and kind teacher. The momos and jhol achar we made were delicious, and I look forward to making them at home! She also made a delicious masala chai for me at the start of class...very sweet and I really enjoyed the experience and chance to meet.
Written August 1, 2022
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Jemma & Andy
England, UK58 contributions
Couples
We booked a last minute cooking class, based on reviews we had seen online, this appeared to be the best one. We arrived promptly at 9am, we were the only 2 taking the class. Nimlam introduced herself and her assistant, and we were able to choose 4 dishes to cook from a selection of 16. Very shortly after we went to the “market” which was a 10 min walk down the main road. The “market” was just a grocery shop on the corner of a roundabout. We were shown the vegetables and asked what they were, including a carrot, which was not very education, however it was interesting to see some of the more local and unusual vegetables. We were not given any real information on these besides their names, it felt more like a pop quiz when we were there to learn. We then moved over the road to a spice shop, which was disappointingly brief, (3-4 minutes in and out). We were allowed to smell 4 spices and, in a similar fashion, was quizzed on what they were, however we didn’t know asides from the name written on the label. We didn’t really learn anything more than the name, which also was disappointing.

We then returned to the cooking school via a very ropey rickshaw, where we felt slightly awkward being high up on view, as your classic white tourists. Unfortunately for the rickshaw cyclist we were a combined weight of 150kg, he had no gears so he struggled to pull us up the mild inclined road. Nimlam in fact walked back quicker than we were rickshawed. It was a humerous experience which we will talk about in years to come, however, we would both have preferred if this feature of the tour was not included, as it added no value to our overall experience. However, understandably it supported a local worker, which we were happy to do, we believe this was probably the premise of the feature as it is a charity based organisation.

We returned to the kitchen and started cooking Nimlam was a good teacher and helped us successfully make 4 dishes which were all very tasty. Ultimately we felt we learnt a bit about the Nepalese cuisine and culture, which was our primary aim.

We felt the whole experience was quite rushed and would have appreciated it being padded out more with more explanation/education rather than the ‘bang bang bang’ approach we felt we received. The class was not the half day as advertised, only 2hrs and 20mins, therefore we felt our value for money wasn’t brilliant. It would be beneficial to go to the Asan Bazar (very busy/hectic central market) to spend more time and enhance the ‘local’ experience and learn more. A primary reason we booked this tour was because they take you to a market to learn. We feel the tour didn’t deliver on this point.

Nimlam and her assistant were very friendly and organised. The kitchen and toilet were clean. Ultimately we had a good experience, but it could have been a whole lot more. If you want to learn to cook some simple, but tasty dishes, maybe this is for you. Just be aware you will need to plan something else for the majority of your day.
Written August 17, 2022
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Leeze
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Solo
After devouring Dal Baht every day on my trek, often for lunch and dinner I had to learn to cook it for my self. I was the only person there for the afternoon class so Versa and Bina, the two lovely chefs I had assisting me, allowed me to customise the set menu. I learnt new cooking techniques and used spices I had never heard of and can't wait to take these new recipes home. We spoke of our mutual passion for food and sang Nepali songs while we fried fresh chapati, steamed momos and made our massive Dal baht. Yum.
Written August 14, 2018
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SebastianGeorgiou
7 contributions
Solo
The girls running the course today were both super friendly and really made the experience one to remember.

Sushila brings such a wonderful presence to the kitchen, making it hard to not join in on her happy laughter.
The food was super tasty - I had vegan options that did not lack any of the amazing flavour found in Nepalese food.
The Dal was incredible, probably one of the best I've ever had (after a month of travelling India).

I will and do recommend this cooking school, as well as all profits going to such a wonderful cause. Don't give it a miss, it will be a treasured memory of Nepal.

10/10!
Written February 18, 2018
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valentinchen1
Vienna, Austria10 contributions
Friends
We had a wonderful cooking experience with Binita and Sushila. It definitely was the best Nepalese food we had during our one month stay here in Nepal! After finishing our grocery shopping at a little market nearby we started cooking our chosen meals. Binita kindly explained all the steps to prepare every single dish, and Sushila kept us well entertained, singing and dancing. It was a lovely morning, cooking and chatting with new gained friends! A must, when in Kathmandu !
Written February 4, 2018
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Dear valentinchen1, Thank you for your lovely review! We loved reading your kind words and we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Thank you for visiting, it was a pleasure having you here.
Written February 10, 2018
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Adelle J
Main Beach, Australia41 contributions
Friends
After searching Google and Tripadvisor for Nepalise cooking classes we came across this one which we could not recommend more!
The course went for about 4 hours and inckuded a trip to the local markets, rickshaw ride back to the school and cooking 5 different meals (daal bhat, chapati bread, alu chop, chicken momos and carrot pudding) as well as masala tea. We made everything from scratch and even made our own individual meals (this was great as it meant we got the whole experience- many of the other companies we found were offering more of a shared cooking experience, meaning you may miss out on learning how to cook some dishes)
The premise was very hygienic and well organised. Maximum 6 per class. (however being off season it was just the two of us)
Best of all, all profits go towards a charity organisation "Journeys Nepal" which is doing great things for the local community.
Our teachers were very welcoming, friendly and expertly trained. Infact, one of them has just been accepted to do further training with Le Cordon Bleu in Melbourne, Australia (this is a huge honour for anyone in the cooking world)

I appreciate this course is fractionally more expensive than some competing classes, however you definitely get what you pay for and this was authentic and educational but also very professional.

Must do cooking class in Kathmandu!

Thankyou!
Written January 30, 2017
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Thank you very much for sharing your true experience Adelle. It is our great honour to be able to serve you.
Written February 1, 2017
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Abby T
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Fantastic experience learning to prepare a four course meal of choice. Nilam was a knowledgable and friendly host. The class was designed and organized well, with the right amount of hands-on participation. Highly recommend!
Written September 17, 2022
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Silly Little Ki... B
Charleston, SC14 contributions
Couples
The cooking class we took on my birthday is something we’ll remember for ever. My husband and I were the only two at the class, making it feel like a private event. We picked from three menus and made a four-course meal with Nilam, who was the nicest and friendliest teacher we could have ever asked for. The momos and daal chapati were delicious, the Nepali pizza was scrumptious, and the carrot pudding was a hit! The staff, knowing it was my birthday, also surprised me with a birthday cake. 🥹 it was the most thoughtful touch and I am still riding the high from this incredible cooking experience.
Written September 8, 2022
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