Want to impress people back home by bringing them something special from your Samui trip? No, we’re not talking about a fantastic tan or cheap T-shirts or the usual knickknacks; how about Thai culinary skills? It’s really worth checking out the many well-priced cooking classes on Samui. You’ll be happy to learn that Thai cooking is not only fun but that Thai food is also easy to prepare and takes very little time to execute.
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Why take Thai cookery lessons in Samui?
Now that you have learned to enjoy Thai cuisine, why not try to make it yourself? The list of dishes can include tom yam, somtam (green papaya salad), phad thai, clear soup, stir fries, curries, spring rolls, coconut-based dishes and spicy salads.
Many schools have a regular program that runs on a daily basis. Class times last from approximately 90 minutes to three hours. They’re open for everyone regardless of your cooking experience and background. Most venues can arrange intensive cooking classes that last several days or even a week. It’s a perfect choice for those who are interested in Thai cooking.
What to expect from a Samui cooking session?
The experienced instructors, many of whom have been professional chefs for years, speak good English and know how to make students relax and at their ease and classes usually happen in a modern air-conditioned facility.
In most classes, students will get the chance to visit a local market together with the chef. They also get to buy fresh ingredients include spices and herbs and also learn about their nutrition benefits and more.
For many students, it’s their first time using exotic kitchen utensils such as a wok and a mortar. These tools are important for making stir-fried dishes and preparing red/green curry pastes respectively.
Once the classes end, you’ll get to sit down and exchange knowledge with the chef and classmates while enjoying your own cooking. Some schools even allow you to invite friends or family members to sample the end result.
List of Samui Thai Cooking Schools
Most of big resorts and hotels in Samui offer cooking sessions on the premises. Alternatively try some of the establishments listed below.
Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA)
Opened in 1999, SITCA is probably one of the most popular Thai cooking schools on the island. The venue features experienced instructors with good English and well-planned sessions.
Opening: SITCA offers twice-daily, three-hour classes at 11:00 and again at 16:00.
Location: Chaweng Beach
Tel: +66(0)77 413 172
Pai Cookery Class
Pai offers informal classes with a fun and easy going atmosphere.
Open: By appointment only
Location: On the Beach Road, South Chaweng Beach, opposite Samui Resotel Resort and Spa.
Tel: +66(0)86 952 3672
Sonja's German and English speaking Thai Cooking Class
At Sonja’s, you’ll get to learn how to make soup, a starter, a main course, a curry and a dessert, all in one class.
Open: Class I: 10:00-12:30, Class II: 13:00 – 17:30 and Class III: 17:00 – 21:00.
Location: Maenam Beach
Tel: +66 (0)89 725 5610
Sandalwood Cookery Classes
Classes can be taken on a one-on-one basis or in small groups of up to four persons.
Open: By appointment only
Location: At The Sandalwood Luxury Villas Resort and Spa, Tambon Maret
Tel: +66 (0)77 448 982
Samahita is a well-known yoga centre famous for healthy Thai cooking classes focusing on how to make delicious vegetarian dishes.
Open: Daily between 13:30 – 15:00 except Saturdays. Booking in advance is a must.
Location: Tambon Namuang
Tel: +66 (0)77 920 090