Went to SITCA for the Monday afternoon class. Had a fun bunch of people (about 9 of us) and a quirky and funny instructor, Roong Fa I think was her name. I was so impressed with the way this organisation runs their classes. There were about 10 helpers helping to clear plates, bring out ingredients, cleaning benches etc The ingredients were mostly prepped for us, but there was still enough slicing and dicing and mixing to give you a proper cooking experience. Importantly we were also shown what some of the more unusual ingredients looked like whole such as Tamarind and Galangal root, and explained how to best prepare them. The instructor spent quite a bit of time explaining the ingredients and letting us taste them individually which was great.
The place is also kept very clean, they obviously pride themselves on cleanliness.
Throughout the class our drinks continued to be topped up, which was a nice touch. The drink is made from roselle flowers and is very tasty and refreshing! You can also buy beer for 50 baht.
The food was delicious (Spring rolls, Prawn salad, Massaman curry on my night), and rice is provided to go with your curry. The class all go upstairs to eat together. Bottled water is provided also.
I recommend booking direct through the SITCA website rather than through a travel agent. You can pay by credit card. The price was 1,950 baht (about $60 Australian dollars) but through the travel agent it would have been about 4,300 baht ($173). That is a big saving to book direct.
The class was meant to run from 4-6.30 but we were there until about 8. It didn't feel rushed, and all in all i think it was money well spent. The food was better than some other food I've had on the island. Thanks SITCA. We were told in the next few years they plan to open up in Phuket too.
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