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“yummy food, down-to-earth hosts, above and beyond helpful, insider tips on the island, fun, relaxed and humorous”

Thai Cooking Classes
Ranked #32 of 115 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: European, Thai
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: If you are somebody who loves Thai food and you enjoy learning how to cook the food you love, then you have found the place to go Koh Samui – ‘Sonja’s Thai Cooking Classes’!In this private course you will learn from an experienced chef how to cook your favorite Thai dishes – step by step we teach you15 dishes of the Royal Thai Cuisine.5 dishes will be prepared by yourself in our course kitchen, the preparation of the other dishes will be explained to you. You decide which dishes to cook.Minimum participants 2 personsOur classes are private and small – starting with individual groups of two or more people. If you want to learn cooking alone you still will pay the price for two people. Think again about it, cooking is more fun if you cook together with some one. Absolutely everything is ‘Sanook’, which is the Thai word for fun, meaning you will have fun as you learn to cook Thai food with us.
Reviewed July 31, 2011

A friend and I chose Sonja's cooking class as I have gluten allergy and my friend is a fussy eater and Sonja's seemed to provide alot of choice and an extra dish for a similar price. Sonja was kind enough to advise approximate cost for travel from our location via various methods (ie song tae, taxi & moto) so we didn't get ripped off - and this was helpful when negotiating a price with the taxi driver.
Upon arrival, Sonja welcomed us with a down to earth attitude and we felt comfortable and at home straight away, like visiting an old friend. Sonja went off to the market and left us with the most lovely, gentle, helpful, humourous thai man, a thai chef from a local restaurant who spoke english well enough to explain things while still making it feel very authentic. Anan gave us his email address for when we returned home, just incase we needed help with our thai cooking - he was truly a sweet, helpful man and new exactly what he was doing in the kitchen. The food was beautiful and Anan made it seem so easy - we were amazed at how easily we could make our favourite thai dishes. It was great to feel relaxed and have time to pose for pictures :) Upon leaving, we were given a complimentary lift of the back of Sonja and Anan's moto's and Sonja was great with my friend who was in a skirt (hadn't planned to go on a moto and this was her first time so she was a little scared - it was a good small dose of moto action for her lol). The next day was the Songkran New Year festival and we are glad we took Sonja's advice to extend our trip by a day so as not to miss it, but also her insider tips on how the day would go and what to expect (and what to wear so as not to ruin good clothes). Funnily enough we saw Sonja accross the hugely crowded street and she made her way accross the road just to give us a big hug and say hi and that she was glad we stayed to see the festival - after a friendly water pistol squirt (if that sounds strange, goodle sonkran lol) to say hello! and obviously travelling in a foreign country, I was one of those paranoid about what i ate - not wanting to lose any time hugging a toilet bowl in a bathroom during our short stay - but we ate at sonja's without any issues that night/the next day.

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Thank shannyban
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

If you have 3 hours and 5000 Baht to spare a visit to Sonja's is certainly an interesting experience! There was no Thai chef, just Sonja and if you don't mind a bit of profanity and racism with your food the experience certainly had a lot of conversation value after the event!

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1  Thank Sallys_View
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

Although much more expensive than other places in the area, we really enjoyed our visit to Sonja's Bakery. The food was fresh and tasty, and the portions were huge, so you know what you're paying for. Sonja is very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We're also very grateful as she gave us a lot of advice on traveling to other places in Thailand.

1  Thank TomAndMarta
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Sonja agreed to host a group of 9 (she usually only does 2 person) for an afternoon of Ta=hai cooking and gave us the best deal on Samui. Her kitchen was clean and her greeting was warm and very friendly. Our Thai chef spoke reasonable English and gave us excellent instructions. We made 3 dishes and the ingrediants were fresh and plentiful. Our dishes were made to the spicyness of our liking and we were served good sized portions. Sonja went out of her way to make us feel welcome. We had many laughs with her and the chef. I would definitely reccommend a visit to her kitchen.

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1  Thank LisaAndMike_55
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Reviewed May 19, 2010

I am absolutely flabbergasted at all the positive reactions to Sonja's Bakery. In a stay of ten days on Koh Samui this was the lowest my wife and I sank with regard to restaurants and food in general.
Having read about this "absolute must for lovers of crisp fresh rolls and delicious, homemade cakes" we walked there one sunny afternoon in search of a place that would greet us with the scents of a German bakery and its bread fresh out of the oven. Instead of mouth-watering pastry we found a display of plastic-wrapped old rolls, carelessly stacked away in a basket. Next to it, behind the glass-doors of a fridge, you spotted more plastic-wrapped bits and pieces - sausage, dried meat, slices of fruit-cakes soaking away in their own juice, and more unspeakable delicacies of the sort. Just like home when you have to deal with the leftovers of a few days. Only you would probably dispose of them right away.
Anyway, we would not be discouraged by such adversities and bravely ordered sandwiches. Only to be rebuffed by our Sonja, who proved to be every bit of the "outspoken" personality we had read about. Rather amusing, though. She was thoroughly overtaxed by the presence of three parties (two breakfasts, another "to-go" customer and us). "Den ganzen Morgen war nichts und jetzt kommen alle aufs mal!"
Patiently waiting our turn we eventually ordered a chicken-breast sandwich and one with dried meat - which we had found in her luscious book of menus. As she disappeared into her kitchen (?), openly scratching her leg and poking her index into her itchy (?) ear, we were suddenly not so sure any more whether we had chosen wisely. Nevertheless, we wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Upon our return to the hotel we unpacked our treasures and found they were utterly inedible - a dry pork schnitzel (instead of chicken breast) and a fruitcake that had seen better days were all it took for us to throw them in the bin.
Luckily, It was the only culinary disappointment of our stay. And it provided us with a great story to tell. Who wants to hear success stories? Stupid mistakes make much better conversation pieces, don't they?

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7  Thank Andre E
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