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Cooking Classes in Koh Samui

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Cooking Classes in Koh Samui

I know I can take classes at the SITCA, but are there any other classes anyone knows of that possibly go to a market or are maybe a little less formal?

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Dear Jcess7

Ive just got back from Samui and did 2 classes at SITCA, and i can highly recommend it. I know it looks all professional etc but its not. Its very casual, loads of fun very informative, but above all else its about cooking the food. I have submitted a review inc photos which i hope TA will approve and post in the next few days, however below is the text only if you want to read it. BTW several places inc hotels offer cooking classes but from personal experience none are as goo as SITCA IMO.

SITCA REVIEW- WORTH EVERY BIT OF BHATT

What a great experience this was. An absolute must for any foodie. I booked an afternoon class and my wife booked a morning class a few days latter. We both learned to cook different things and it was an amazing experience.

Natsuda – the lady chef Thim is her nickname- is a wonderful instructor and has such a great sense of humour and passion not just for the food but for the culture.

This is not at all a “stuffy, formal” kind of class nor is it a “just rock and put some stuff together” sort of class. Its very hands on making you feel comfortable with what you need to do when you get home. This is an experience, a history class and an education, done in a fun relaxed environment. Plus you can also have a glass of wine or a beer in your hand whilst you do it. You are encouraged to touch, smell and taste the products raw so you understand how they work within the dishes, how the various herbs and spices balance each other out and that the spiciness of a dish is not just down to how much chilli you add.

The classes are in groups (mine had 5 and my wifes had 9 in the group), and the level of attention given to each student is very good and there is plenty of help offered from her, the assistance and others in the class.

We had everyone from complete Thai food novices who wanted to know what it was they were eating whilst on holidays through to those who are experts in their own home kitchen.

The value for money is also amazing. You cook 4 dishes (each class has a separate menu), then you and up to 4 guests get to join you to eat the food you’ve cooked. Trust me arrive on an empty stomach, even then you won’t be able to eat the entire feast.

This is 5 star cooking, 5 star instruction and 5 star entertainment.

Cheers

HowzatPPerth

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The answer is 'Yes' there are smaller classes where you can go to the market to collect ingrediants etc, but sorry cant help you as to where they are! I got back 3 days ago and did the SITCA wednesday pm class, it was superb. I booked before I went online, when the day came I felt a bit anxious and was concerned it would be too intense for me, but plucked up the courage to go and I'm so glad I did. If you book online prior to travel you must pay a small deposit and then MUST confirm your attendence 24 hours before your course. It was very detailed, but delivered in a very supportive and fun way. You are allowed to invite a guest to come and watch you or to arrive towards the eat and dine with you for free.

However in answer to your question we met a couple on our An Thong trip who did the type of course you are thinking about and they also loved their experiance too.... sorry I dont know where they went for it, but for sure it is there!

Have a great time !

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We also went to SITCA and had a similar experience - very good indeed. we will be going again when we go back to Koh Samui.

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Just out of interest do SITCA teach southern Thai cooking or Royal Thai?

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We have stayed at Poppies in Chaweng twice in the last four years and on each occasion we were offered a Thai cooking course by the resident chef. If i recall it also offered the chance to go out and buy the ingredients at the local market. You did not have to be a guest at Poppies to do the course. The english Manager or American Chef should be able to confirm this if you drop them a line.

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Sorry Susquosh, I cant remember which style they used. However if you really would like to find out you could visit their site. It gives the menu for every lunch or evening for every day. They do not open Sundays. They do not repeat a dish all week. Maybe from the menu you might be able to tell the type of cooking? I made

Gaeng Pet Pad Yang (Raoast marinated duck in red curry)

Gaeng Juad wun sen moo sub (Glass noodle soup with chicken/shrimp meatballs and soft tofu)

Phad Ki Mao Talee (Stir fried seafood with holy basil)

Kao Phad Koong (fried rice with Prawns)

Hope this helps you distinguish the style of cooking.

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Weloveholidays

Thanks.I have had a look at their site and they seem to be giving a good mix of regional styles.

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