Thai Cooking with Joy
Thai Cooking with Joy
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Ever wanted to acquire the skills needed to prepare your own delicious Thai dishes? Now you can do this on one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand - Koh Tao! All our Thai cooking lessons are held in small groups. No more than 6 cooking apprentices are in each Thai cooking course. They are led by our experienced Thai chef "Joy". Joy speaks fluent English and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of preparing Thai dishes. Her specialties are sea food (southern Thai cuisine) and vegetarian spicy dishes.
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  • Vittoria91
    8 contributions
    Excellent private Thai cooking class in Koh Tao!!!
    I had booked a private cooking class in Koh Tao with Joy for me and my boyfriend as a Christmas present for him. I can only say that everything has been absolutely fabulous and really worth the price! From the stunning view from Joy’s roof terrace, to the detailed and careful direction of Joy in teaching us how to cook three different dishes of our choice (we cooked Pad Thai, prawns green curry and chicken wrapped in pandan leaves), from the fresh ingredients to the friendly and welcoming attitude of Joy, we had real fun, we learnt lots of secrets about Thai cuisine and especially we ate a lot!! Joy also gave us a little gift to bring back with us and the remaining food to eat the following day. I would highly and sincerely recommend a collective or private Thai cooking class with Joy to whoever comes to spend few days in Koh Tao: her professionalism, competence and hospitality made our class one of the greatest and most pleasant moments of our stay, as well as a way to learn a new skill and to bring back home with us a little taste of this wonderful country! Absolutely a MUST DO during your holidays in Koh Tao, and we will definitely go again to visit Joy and learn new dishes next time we are around!
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2020
  • Katharina F
    Perth, Australia6 contributions
    Best cooking class!
    We spontaneously booked the cooking class at 2pm with joy and just had one of our best days. I made my very first own Phad Thai by myself and it was just so delicious, now I finally can do it myself at home (we had chosen Menu 1, so we also cooked Spring Rolls and Penang Curry). Joy is such a lovely person, her English is so good and it was just such a nice day. So thank you for this great experience Joy!
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2020
  • Excursion179763
    Rayong, Thailand7 contributions
    Amazing cooking class with delicious food
    This was my first ever cooking class but it was fantastic! Joy was an amazing, friendly host and I learnt so much. There were six of us in the group and two vegetarians; individual needs were catered for excellently. We made so much delicious food and couldn’t eat it all so I would recommend being prepared to take some of it away (we were heading straight to New Year’s Eve celebrations so that was our only downfall!!) Thank you, Joy!
    Visited December 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 31, 2020
  • Sydney S
    Columbus, Ohio5 contributions
    Delicious, intimate Thai cooking experience!
    Joy is a great chef and a lovely person! Our experience in her class was wonderful and intimate - it was just us, one other couple, and Joy. She taught us how to make fresh rolls (which did specially for us to accommodate a gluten allergy), Penang curry (paste from scratch!), and Pad Thai. We enjoyed not only learning how to cook delicious Thai food but also chatting with her and learning about her experience living and working on Koh Tao. We definitely recommend Joy’s class for an authentic, relaxing, and delicious Thai cooking experience!
    Visited August 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2020
  • peter
    Solvang, California13 contributions
    Great food, great experience!
    This was our second time taking the class with Joy. This time we came with our four adult children and one friend. Joy is a great teacher and representative of Thai food culture. We had a great time and a great meal (with plenty left to take back to the villa). If you enjoy Thai food and cooking, you will have a great time at the beautiful roof top kitchen learning from Joy. We will be back in the future (there are enough dishes to choose from so no worry about having to repeat things)
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2022
  • Onne
    1 contribution
    Joy is a great cook, a marvelous host and a fun person be be around ... and also I learned a lot about Thai food 😋
    Great Thai cooking class on a rooftop terrace with a marvelous view on the ocean. After our group of 4 choose the dishes (Penang Curry, Pad Thai, Sticky Rice with Mango and Spring Rolls) our host (Joy) checked our individual preferences. For instance, I preferred my Pad Thai with Shrimp while others decided to prepare it with chicken. The cooking session was fun and well organized. Joy took care that the food we prepared was absolutely delicious and gave heaps of tips and advice on how to prepare it after we returned to our home countries. What definately helped was that she had made her own experiences with cooking in Europe (in particular Germany) so she was able to teach us her experiences. All in all it was a great experience and I can personally recommend to learn how to cook Thai food at this place. Due to Joy being such a good host and moderator the course is suited for the experienced cook and the beginner alike.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2022
  • Jana
    9 contributions
    Amazing cooking class
    The cooking class was amazing! We booked the class really spontaneous and we had the best day. Joy was great. She speaks perfect English, so it’s easy to understand her and the instructions and she is such a lovely person. All the things we used for the cooking was fresh and she even told us how it could look and how to get it in our home country. Now I know how to make the best Phad Thai I ever ate. Thanks Joy! Also the place where the cooking class is hold is breathtaking. I would recommend to everyone wo wants to do a Thai cooking class, do it here!
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2020
  • Daran R
    6 contributions
    Best Thai Chef in the World!
    Joy is an absolute treasure to the food industry with her remarkable culinary skills, in-depth knowledge of ingredients, and the principle science behind complimentary flavours, along with her friendly disposition. Her English communications skills are exemplary which ensured I and the other students understood her instructions, were able to ask questions and receive a detailed answer. Joy went far and beyond to accommodate our requests and repeatedly exceeded our expectations. Her studio is very well equipped, spacious and exhibits an amazing view across luscious green trees that stretch out onto the beach with islands on the oceans’ horizon.
    Visited October 2022
    Written November 20, 2022
  • Lina S
    1 contribution
    Cookinseln with a view
    We cooked a Curry, Stir-fry and the famous PadThai and esch one of it was a blessing. Joy is such a warm and comforting person that it is really a joy learning from her. She takes her time explaining everything and answering your questions. And the ambiance ist also really nice with a wonderful view over the ocean. Would highly recommend and it was worth every cent!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 24, 2023
  • René
    Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
    Had a great time and learned a lot!
    I can only recommend this if you are seeking a place to learn thaicooking! Joy is the sweetest person and speaks perfectly good English. The dishes was among the best Thai food I have ever tasted. Definitely worth every penny! 😊 PS. Don’t eat before attending the course! 😄 I was full after the second dish we made, but got the rest in a bag which I brought home to my family. Especially my boys enjoyed the spring rolls!
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 27, 2020
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Sydney S
Columbus, OH5 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Joy is a great chef and a lovely person! Our experience in her class was wonderful and intimate - it was just us, one other couple, and Joy. She taught us how to make fresh rolls (which did specially for us to accommodate a gluten allergy), Penang curry (paste from scratch!), and Pad Thai. We enjoyed not only learning how to cook delicious Thai food but also chatting with her and learning about her experience living and working on Koh Tao. We definitely recommend Joy’s class for an authentic, relaxing, and delicious Thai cooking experience!
Written January 3, 2020
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peter
Solvang, CA13 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
This was our second time taking the class with Joy. This time we came with our four adult children and one friend.

Joy is a great teacher and representative of Thai food culture.

We had a great time and a great meal (with plenty left to take back to the villa).

If you enjoy Thai food and cooking, you will have a great time at the beautiful roof top kitchen learning from Joy.

We will be back in the future (there are enough dishes to choose from so no worry about having to repeat things)
Written December 27, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Onne
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great Thai cooking class on a rooftop terrace with a marvelous view on the ocean. After our group of 4 choose the dishes (Penang Curry, Pad Thai, Sticky Rice with Mango and Spring Rolls) our host (Joy) checked our individual preferences. For instance, I preferred my Pad Thai with Shrimp while others decided to prepare it with chicken. The cooking session was fun and well organized. Joy took care that the food we prepared was absolutely delicious and gave heaps of tips and advice on how to prepare it after we returned to our home countries. What definately helped was that she had made her own experiences with cooking in Europe (in particular Germany) so she was able to teach us her experiences.

All in all it was a great experience and I can personally recommend to learn how to cook Thai food at this place. Due to Joy being such a good host and moderator the course is suited for the experienced cook and the beginner alike.
Written October 17, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jana
9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The cooking class was amazing! We booked the class really spontaneous and we had the best day. Joy was great. She speaks perfect English, so it’s easy to understand her and the instructions and she is such a lovely person. All the things we used for the cooking was fresh and she even told us how it could look and how to get it in our home country. Now I know how to make the best Phad Thai I ever ate. Thanks Joy! Also the place where the cooking class is hold is breathtaking. I would recommend to everyone wo wants to do a Thai cooking class, do it here!
Written February 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daran R
6 contributions
Oct 2022
Joy is an absolute treasure to the food industry with her remarkable culinary skills, in-depth knowledge of ingredients, and the principle science behind complimentary flavours, along with her friendly disposition. Her English communications skills are exemplary which ensured I and the other students understood her instructions, were able to ask questions and receive a detailed answer. Joy went far and beyond to accommodate our requests and repeatedly exceeded our expectations. Her studio is very well equipped, spacious and exhibits an amazing view across luscious green trees that stretch out onto the beach with islands on the oceans’ horizon.
Written November 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lina S
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
We cooked a Curry, Stir-fry and the famous PadThai and esch one of it was a blessing. Joy is such a warm and comforting person that it is really a joy learning from her. She takes her time explaining everything and answering your questions. And the ambiance ist also really nice with a wonderful view over the ocean. Would highly recommend and it was worth every cent!
Written February 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

René
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
Jan 2020
I can only recommend this if you are seeking a place to learn thaicooking! Joy is the sweetest person and speaks perfectly good English. The dishes was among the best Thai food I have ever tasted. Definitely worth every penny! 😊 PS. Don’t eat before attending the course! 😄 I was full after the second dish we made, but got the rest in a bag which I brought home to my family. Especially my boys enjoyed the spring rolls!
Written January 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dodbob
London, UK11 contributions
Feb 2020
Before I write my review I would just ask you to note all the 5 star reviews. They are all there for a reason. Take note of them and then book the best cooking experience that you will have in Thailand.

My review:
Had a wonderful morning picking up new culinary skills to master Thai cooking in stunning surroundings. Joy was absolutely wonderful; a great teacher, very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. Joy by name and joy by nature! Her instruction was straightforward and easy to follow. Ingredients were extremely fresh and the work area was clean and well organised. The food our small group of 5 cooked was authentic and tasted divine. Would highly recommend this outstanding class. p.s. Hubbie enjoyed eating all the leftovers!
Written February 28, 2020
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siobhanstewart
Edinburgh, UK96 contributions
Jan 2020
My boyfriend and I had an absolutely amazing time learning to cook Thai food with Joy. Joy is super lovely and great at explaining the dishes and their ingredients, the setting is great as well. We cooked red curry paste, massaman curry, pad thai and spring rolls and she showed us how to make banana with coconut milk. It's genuinely been the best food we've eaten so far on our trip and we can't wait to try it out more ourselves once we get home to Scotland. My boyfriend is now converted to massaman curry, it's his new favouite dish.
Written February 16, 2020
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Meganxo
Birmingham, UK146 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We were looking for a cookery class whilst in Thailand so that we could learn some new dishes. We are very glad we chose joy’s class !
It is a beautiful location with a rooftop kitchen setting. Joy is super lovely and friendly! She talked us through the Thai traditions of certain meals and then we made some of our favourite dishes. We learnt a lot of new things and can’t wait to try them at home ! Thank you joy 😊 x
Written May 24, 2022
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