Eating and Creating Local: Taking a Phuket Cooking Class
Chopped? Masterchef? Hell’s Kitchen? All a piece of cake after your Phuket Cooking Class
Food in Thailand is more than just something you eat. It’s a way of life. Everywhere you go you’ll see food. Stalls, street food and vendors on the roads. Restaurants at every turn in town and candlelit beach front dinners. Soon enough you’ll want to be recreating this delicious fare at home. A Phuket cooking class is exactly what you need!
You’ve just got back from an infamous Bodega Phuket adventure and have told all your friends about your incredible time. What could make it even better? Giving them a taste of your trip through a Thai dinner party. If you’re not the usual chef type these classes are still brilliant fun! If you’re experienced, then you’ll love adding to your repertoire!
What to Expect
In most classes you’ll learn a number of dishes from an accomplished chef. This might be in a restaurant setting, a dedicated cooking school or in someone’s home kitchen. Most of the time you’ll learn an appetiser or two, a main dish and potentially a sweet element. The very best classes will provide you with recipes to take away but it’s always best to come armed with a pen and paper. The following are just a few of those that are available but they’re our pick of the bunch!
Organic Thai Cooking
This is a whole day of cooking and food activities. You’ll learn to cook some of the most famous dishes that Thailand has to offer. The day includes an exploration into an outdoor market allowing you to see, smell and sample the raw ingredients that you’ll use later on during the cooking. At the school itself you’ll have a tour of their small organic farm where you’ll see traditional vegetables growing ready for use. A maximum size of 3 people per class means an exclusive and intimate feel.
Opening Hours: Classes are run daily from 08.30 to 13.00
Location: 76/3 Moo 2, Soi Cokmakam, Rawai, Phuket 83100
Phone: 089 970 1797 or 076 288 258
Phuket Thai Cooking Academy
Phuket Thai Cooking Academy looks like you’ve walked onto the set of Masterchef. Individual cooking stations, gas rings everywhere, it’s great! They have lots of classes on offer, so you can tailor exactly what you want. Complete beginner cooking classes, vegetarian foods only, private and advanced classes. The chefs have excellent English and Chinese speaking skills. The location is excellent and is a short 5-minute trip from Patong Beach, and if you’re not staying there they even offer free transportation. At the end of the class you’ll be able to take away recipes and a shiny certificate.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 from Monday to Saturday
Location: 81/23 Soi Chang, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
Phone: +66 92 962 6076
The Blue Elephant Cooking Class
Set within the famous Blue Elephant Restaurant, this is the place to learn traditional cooking and methods from seasoned experts. You’ll cook a great range of Thai dishes. The 3-5 hour classes begin twice a day, one in the early morning at 8:45 and another in the afternoon at 1:30. If you opt for the morning option you’ll also get to explore a local market where you’ll be talked through the important ingredients and their particular uses. There’s no market trip in the afternoon but you’ll have the same excellent cooking experience.
Opening Hours: 08:45 – 22:30
Location: 96 Krabi Road, Phuket Town
Phone: +66 (0)7 635 4355-7
Phuket Cooking Class Bodegan Tip
These classes can get really busy, especially in high season. It’s definitely worth booking in advance, sometimes through their websites, in order to avoid disappointment. This’ll be one of your greatest memories once you’re home so don’t miss out!