By Freya Ensbey.
The kitchen is the centre of most Thai households, an
integral component to their culture, and the identity of self for each
individual to trace their family history.
Traditionally, an authentic Thai dish will seamlessly
deliver a harmony of five flavours; sour, sweet, spicy, bitter and salty. Using
this foundation for cooking is an asset for any home cook, with the learned
practice creating a conscious execution of the marrying between opposing flavours
within each dish.
Whether Thai food is your hobby, a curiosity, or you simply
want to add new recipes to your repertoire, a Thai cooking class is a great
souvenir you can bring home from your travels for loved ones that won’t cost
you any extra luggage.
So, don your apron, shine your wok and pack your bamboo
steamer, as we take you on a culinary taste tour through Thailand, visiting the
top cooking schools.
Thai Cooking School | Bangkok
Our first stop is the bustling and lively capital city of
Bangkok where Baipai Thai Cooking School was Established in 2002. The cooking school
is housed in a charming two storey open air building, styled with local
furnishings and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, creating a tranquil and
private oasis to learn the ins and outs of Thai cuisine.
With knowledgeable, English speaking teachers, Baipai offer
a range of cooking courses, from one on one tuition, with the freedom to choose
to master your favourite Thai dish, through to corporate team programs, private
classes and group classes which are ideal to take as a family. Whichever class
you may opt for, you are guaranteed a completely hands on experience as you are
taught the fine art of Thai cooking.
In a relaxed and social environment, you will learn
invaluable techniques, allowing you to master dishes like the golden money bag,
papaya salad with dried shrimp or perhaps a red curry with bamboo.
Offering transportation to and from your nearby
accommodation, Baipai cooking school is a must for any adventurous gourmand
visiting Bangkok. For class bookings and more information visit here.
Oriental Thai Cooking School | Bangkok
Residing within the stunning grounds of the opulent Mandarin
Oriental Bangkok, is The Oriental Thai Cooking School. Step straight out of your
room and into the kitchen, with class options including the Hands on Cooking
and Authentic Thai Lunch which is available Monday to Friday, which teaches
students how to cook traditional Thai dishes such as Tom Yam Goong and Som Tam
Whilst visiting on a weekend, be sure to sign up for the Hands-on
Cooking and Morning Fresh Market Trip, beginning your day exploring the vast
array of Thai ingredients at the local markets and hand selecting produce to
use in your culinary creations. For those who prefer a private class, Chef
Narain offers an exclusive experience for a couple or small groups of up to 20
The Oriental Thai Cooking School offers dishes to master
from each region of Thailand’s vast district, from Moo Hong braised pork of the
South to sticky rice pudding with longans in the North. For class bookings and
more information visit here.
Cooking Academy | Bangkok
For a cooking school with a difference, visit the Bangkok
Thai Cooking Academy along Sukhumvit Road. Guests are given a designated
meeting place where they are picked up by their instructor and taken on tour to
the Fresh Markets. The first lesson of the day is how to choose and source the
needed ingredients for the day of cooking ahead, before being taken back to the
academy. The academy offers a range of classes to suit any cooking level, from
beginners who are taught the foundations to create five dishes from scratch,
right up to the in-depth Chef’s course for the refined cook looking to fine
tune their cooking skills.
Those who wish to learn the intricate art of food carving,
opt instead to take a fruit and vegetable carving class and create a blossoming
masterpiece from a humble rockmelon, or perhaps a carrot flower to add as a
garnish to lift your dish to another level. If time allows, make the most from
your stay in the country, and undertake a half day class each day you are
staying to truly grasp the most from the cooking academy. The entire academy is
air conditioned, providing comfort from the sub-tropical humidity whilst you
cook, making Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy an overall truly memorable
experience. For class bookings and more information visit here.
Phuket Thai Cookery
School | Phuket
Moving South along the coastline to reach Phuket, you will
find Phuket Thai Cookery School. Offering a fun one-day Thai cooking class
which runs 7 days a week, it includes an exciting morning market trip to
explore hundreds of exotic ingredients, the tasting of delicious seasonal
fruits and the making of a traditional style homemade curry paste.
Students receive helpful, full colour, foolproof recipe
cards to take home which are easily accessible as a guide when in your very own
kitchen. All lessons at the cookery school are taught in English by professional
instructors who include a tablespoon of humour, which makes for an entertaining
So, if you are looking for a great day’s excursion to spend
with your friends and family, be sure to make Phuket Thai Cookery School a
highlight of your trip. For class bookings and more information visit here.
Whether you choose to devote your entire holiday to refining
your skills in the kitchen or you simply opt to undertake a day class, walking
away with a handful of new and improved techniques under your belt, a Thai
cooking class is guaranteed to inspire the senses, igniting a new-found passion
and respect for the century old cuisine.
Images: top, Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy, bottom, Baipai Cooking School.