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“Fun, informative, well organised and the food was yum!!!”

Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts
Ranked #4 of 7 Food & Drink in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Fun, informative, well organised and the food was yum!!!”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

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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Fairfield, Connecticut
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“My husband's attempt to help me learn to cook”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Had a blast. Visited in july 2006 for our honeymoon. They gave us instructions in a small group and we all had our own wok to use. They gave us a recipe book with what we learned. Extremely clean. Beware of the chili peppers...I don' tthink we as north americans are used to such hot stuff :) we only put ONE complete chili which is no bigger than the length of a loonie and we were dying ,,,, It was so much fun and for someone who NEVER cooks, and I mean NEVER it was easy to follow along. Worth the trip however take a cab if need be. we walked for quite a bit from where the hotel shuttle dropped us off.

Visited July 2012
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“Highly recommend - a must to add to your list of things to do”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stumbled on the brochure and thought we'd give it a try. I cook a lot and didn't think I would get much out of the course. I was wrong. I learnt lots of new tips and my husband who doesn't cook often, now looks forward to putting what he learnt into action. The place is very clean and staff extremely helpful. At an additional cost you can drink alcohol, or enjoy the free refreshing drinks they provide. They even offer nice coffee! Make sure to check their web site as they offer different courses twice a day. We chose an evening and the bonus was we ate all we cooked (and some...)! You may invite a friend to share what you cooked free of charge or take a 'doggy bag' with you. They even accommodate to nut allergies which was a bonus for us. Highly recommend even for the experienced cooks.

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“Fantastic cook school - professionally run”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

This was good fun. Our teacher Ink was very informative and professional and there were a lot of staff on hand. The school was very clean and clearly has been invested in, a well run operation. You select your course by looking on their website to see what meals are taught in either that day's lunch or dinner session. Most ingredients are chopped in advance and you get talked through how to use and combine them best. Ink helpfully informed us what good alternatives would be for some ingredients which might be harder for the class to locate at home (many of the spices etc are on sale at the school too if you're able to take them back to your country depending on customs etc). The cooking part was great fun and we couldn't believe how quickly Thai dishes are cooked - essentially boiled rapidly - no slow cooking and simmering here! Afterwards you get to eat your dishes and water/ tea/ iced tea are complimentary or beer can be bought for 50baht. You make a lot of food so bring your appetite! You can take the leftovers home if you fancy too.

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“A Change From Sitting on the Beach Drinking Cocktails”
Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

We did an afternoon class, and although the class was expensive by Thai standards we were very impressed by the school. Most of the ingredients were already prepared, chopped or portioned, so there wasn't too much of the boring stuff to do. There were also people to do the washing up which was great!
The food that we cooked was actually some of the best that we tasted on our holiday! There was too much food but they packaged up the leftovers and I ate them the next day.
The class was really beginner level, if you are familiar with Asian cooking you might find the first part a bit boring, also there wasn't much of a focus on tasting the food and balancing the flavours, just cooking from the recipe. That's ok for most people, but maybe something that more advanced cooks might like to learn more about.

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