I love cooking so always try to do a cooking class when I visit a country. This one was very well organized and I felt it was very good value for money. It started with a market tour in the central market of Luang Prabang where you see what Laos people eat every day. Some of the stuff are very unusual even for Asians. The meat section was definitely not for the faint hearted. Then we went to the cooking school by the river away from the town. the place was rustic but well built. Simple but has all the facilities required. Chef Chai was very experienced and humourous so it was never boring. It's the first time for me ( and for everyone in the class i believe) cooking on charcoal fire, but it's how Laotians cook as gas is still uncommon. All the dishes were explained clearly and for dishes that require more ingredients, the ingredients are listed on a poster which was helpful when you need to add more than 10 herbs in 1 dish! The highlight was probably chicken stuffed in lemongrass. I had wondered how it's done before going and it turned out to be quite easy if you are good with knife. The vegetable dip keeps you dipping sticky rice in it. you just can't stop! I would recommend anyone interested in food to do this course!
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