Am a foodie and enjoy cooking wherever I go in the world. Recently had the pleasure of cooking with a Pai who is a lovely Thai lady who runs small cooking classes on Koh Samui. Much prefer cooking in small classes or one on one as you can usually choose the dishes you like to learn. Pai cooking classes is wonderfully flexible like this. Pai speaks good English.
Cooked with Pai twice and thoroughly enjoyed both times. This year a mate went along who very rarely cooks and he was thrilled at the experience and the outcome. At the end of the lesson both of us sat down at a small table outside and ate what the amzing dishes cooked. Aroi Mak….meaning very delicious in Thai!
Pai’s kitchen is well set up and from memory is set up for a maximum of 4 cooking stations. It is very clean, bright and well set up. At the end of the cooking class you get the recipes cooked in booklet form so you can cook them back home.
Pai has set cooking course Red, Green, Yellow, Massaman and Spring Roll. The colours represent the curry pastes that you make then use in cooking the dishes. Pai was happy to mix and match the dishes from the various menus so were able to cook exactly what our preference in dishes were.
Any of the courses were only 1500 baht. You get to eat what you cook and Pai even supplies some steamed rice and cold water! All in all a great experience and a must do if you are interested in learning some simple Thai dishes.
The class is located directly opposite The Samui Resotel Hotel and Spa in Chaweng Beach.
They have a website paicookerysamui.com Pai's mobile number is +66 086 952 3672 as I found out if you ring her from oversea drop the “0” if you are in Thailand just ring 086 952 3672
One of the foods that I never really had alot of exposure to when I was in the US was Thai food. It is one of my favorite types, because of its flavour, especially with lime and chilli.
During our safari around the island, we got the chance to see a live display of how Thai cooking gets started. We watched a Thai Salad being made using cabbage, carrot, with plenty of lime and chilli and finished off with some baby shrimp.
One of the best things about Thailand is the food. So why not take some of the holiday home with you and go on a half-day Thai Cooking lesson? We did and we had a fantastic time learning about Thai ingredients and Thai cooking techniques.
We tried SITCA, the Samui Institute of Culinary Arts which is located at the far end of Chaweng Boulevard. We had proffessional lessons in a small group which allowed us the opportunity to ask questions and get individual attention. The chefs are experienced and you are able to learn authentic Thai cooking.
The lesson cost around 1500Baht and included a meal (the meal you cooked so take care to do a good job!). The SITCA cooking lesson may be more expensive than the lessons offered at you hotel however from our experience we found this good value for money.
You also receive a recipe book containing the recipes of the meals you have prepared during the lesson and even when you have left Koh Samui, SITCA mails you a regular recipe of the month.
Try the Thai cooking experience-we loved it.
Okay many of the hotels offer Thai cooking classes but they can't beat the class that is at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. The class is awesome. The chef that teaches you reminded me a lot of my mother. She was quite outgoing, funny, vibrant, loud yet quite informative and patient. She would joke with my husband how some of the local spices that we were using would help him grow his hair back or would increase libido. She was hilarious. You basically are the person who cooks. You have your own cutting board, ingredients, tools and you follow her as she prepares the meal. You are then instructed to your own wok and you cook up your meal. The best part of it all is at the end you sit with your fellow classmates and the instructor and you all enjoy the wonderful Thai food for lunch. And believe me the food is awesome. We made King Prawns stuffed with Minced Pork, Shrimp Sour Fish Soup with Ginger, Red Curry with Fried Tofu and Mixed Vegetables. It was great to sit with your fellow classmates that are from all over the world. We met people from Indonesia and Ireland.
There are Thai cooking classes all over Koh Samui, but in Lamai beach at Spa Samui, there are raw food and healthy lifestyle cooking classes. Great tasting, great for the body! This is a really fun thing to learn while on Koh Samui. I realize this is not why most people come here, but I come here to relax and get healthy as do many people. Samui boasts several health retreats, as well as fast food, and bars.
I never thought I would be taking cooking lessons in thailand,but after getting aquainted with thai food I wanted to learn how to make a few simple dishes to whip up back home.
I highly recommend going to Sitca-Samui institute of thai culinary arts as the classes were small , informative and fun.you can also learn fruit and vegetable carving at this school.
"Extract from SITCA sebsite"
SITCA's curriculum is down-to-earth, comprehensive and above all enjoyable. Our chefs are Thai experts with years of experience cooking Thai, and a love of their art. Whether avid home cook or aspiring professional, you will learn all the skills you need to cook one of Asia's most varied and fascinating cuisines.
If your interest is simply in learning more about what goes into Thai food dishes in order to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment when dining out, don't hesitate to join us. Whatever your aspirations, whatever your level, because our classes are kept small, your individual needs will be addressed with as much attention as you require.
Thai food lovers enjoy a special bonus. We purchase all our produce, fish, and meat daily from the local market, so you will not be not only preparing, but also enjoying some of the best cuisine that Southern Thailand has to offer.
SITCA's menus change every day of the week, and most recipes can be adapted for vegetarians
Lunchtime Thai Cooking Class / Time: 11:30 am / Cost: 1,200 baht per person.
Designed for beginning Thai cooks or those traveling on a budget, 3 dishes are taught in this 1 1/2 hour class.
Dinnertime Thai Cooking Class / Time: 4:00 pm / Cost: 1,600 baht per person
This 2 hour class starts with the preparation of one of our famous home made Thai curry pastes, and is followed by instruction in how to prepare 3 more dishes. There is a different paste and Thai curry dish for each of our 6 (Monday-Saturday) menus. Take this class and enjoy some of the most sumptuous Thai food you will have in Thailand.
Homemade Red Curry Paste
Red Curry with Chicken, Potatoes and Sweet Basil
Coconut Milk Soup with Fish and Young Coconut
Fried Chicken with Tamarind Sauce
I will let you all know what this was like and add my own pictures once I've done it!!