One of the best reasons to visit Thailand is for its fabulous cuisine. All across Canada and the United States, there’s a growing wealth of Thai restaurants serving the country’s delicious and finely spiced food. But Thai food is infinitely more interesting and more flavorful in its homeland.
For the visitor to Thailand, the country’s cuisine is an extraordinary highlight. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok and Phuket, there are many excellent opportunities to learn to cook the Thai way with these great Thailand cooking schools and courses.
What’s Cooking in Thailand? Thai Cooking Classes & Workshops
Authentic everyday Thai cuisine features simple, quick and easy-to-prepare dishes made with ingredients readily found in gardens surrounding homes, along rivers and in the forests. Families working in the fields and rice paddies have little time for the preparation of elaborate meals. Food is simply steamed, boiled, grilled, fried or stir-fried for quick serving. The trick is to make something special out of the most basic ingredients. Simply by varying the ingredients, it’s possible to create an infinite choice of Thai dishes.
In sharp contrast, "Royal Cuisine," a highly refined version of Thai cuisine traditionally served in royal and aristocratic households, is noted for its subtle and delicate blend of flavors and painstaking artistic presentation. Vegetables, fruits and other garnishes served with ‘Palace Cuisine’ are intricately carved into ornate designs.
It was the Chinese who were largely responsible for Thai cuisine’s emphasis on deep-fat frying and stir-fried dishes, the use of lard, the wok, the aromatic five-spice powder, ginger, garlic and noodles, while the Portuguese introduced chilies and egg-based desserts, cakes and pastries.
Discover one of these great cooking schools or classes below and experience authentic Thai cuisine for yourself!
Baipai Cooking School
Bangkok’s Baipai Thai Cooking School is an ideal place to learn Thai cuisine – for both amateur and professional cooks. Classes are a minimum of 4 hours, but many visitors choose to spend a week learning the subtleties of Thai cuisine in the school’s unpressured and charming atmosphere. Courses are in English and transportation is provided from/to hotels in central Bangkok. For more information, please visit: www.baipai.com.
Oriental Hotel Cooking School
Since opening its doors over fifteen years ago, The Oriental Hotel’s Thai Cooking School has taught thousands of people from all over the world the art of preparing fine Thai cuisine. All participants graduate with the skills to create Thai feasts of the highest standards. For more information, please visit: www.mandarinoriental.com.
Blue Elephant Cooking School
Located in the heart of Bangkok opposite the Surasak Sky train station, the Blue Elephant Cooking School is housed in a century-old mansion. A typical day starts with a visit to the morning market accompanied by an instructor who teaches how to select and buy Thai ingredients for a personal cooking lesson. For more information, please visit: www.blueelephant.com.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai Cooking School
The cooking school introduces guests, both novice and experienced, to the art of Thai cuisine. Designed by the resort’s culinary team, the program offers a hands-on learning experience. Famous dishes such as kaow soi gai (Chiang Mai curry noodle soup with chicken) and gaeng hung lay (dry spiced curry with pork and pickled garlic) are just two of the specialties of the school’s weekly program. For more information, please visit: www.fourseasons.com.
Phuket Thai Cookery School
The Phuket Thai Cookery School offers a comprehensive series of one-day Thai cooking courses that comprise an introduction to Thai ingredients, a market tour as well as actual cooking of a wide selection of popular Thai dishes. All courses are completely hands on. The school is located adjacent to the beautiful private beach on Sirey Island, just 10 minutes from Phuket Town. For more information, please visit: http://phuket-thaicookeryschool.com.
For more information on these cooking classes and vsiting Thaialnd, please go to: www.tourismthailand.org.