Discovering new flavors is an essential part of travelling today. It also guarantees you will savor the rewards from traveling to a foreign land. Being able to learn how to prepare key dishes from your chosen destination and recreating that sensation back home is one of the greatest souvenirs a traveler can buy. We have selected five very different Thai cooking schools in Bangkok that will inspire everyone to learn the secrets behind preparing authentic Thai cuisine.
Thai Cooking School – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Created in 1986 by the late Charlie Amatyakul, the flamboyant Thai culinary guru, this superb school is located on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to the main hotel building and offers a six day morning course.
The Blue Elephant Cooking School
Classes start with a visit to the morning market where students are introduced to Thai ingredients and taught what to look for when buying. The guests then return to the school and learn how to cook the four dishes they will eat for lunch. They have a similar school in Phuket.
Bo.lan Cooking Classes
Duangporn Songivsava (Bo) and Dylan Thomas met while working in London with legendary David Thompson. Their Bangkok based classes are small and intimate with no more than 10 students. Turn-pro class is available on the first Friday and their novice class the first Thursday of the month.
Naj Thai Cooking School
On arrival students meet Naj’s executive chef at the herb garden where they discuss the uniqueness of Thai food and its healthy ingredients. Then during a 30 minute theory class they receive a booklet of Naj’s home recipes and learn the secrets behind preparing each dish. Discussions and demonstration are followed by hands on cooking.
Bai Pai Cooking School
An authentic homestyle learning environment whereby guests can enjoy half day courses either in the morning or afternoon. Professional chefs guide students in hands on fun-filled sessions. They learn traditional and practical techniques as well as the substitution of Thai ingredients with acceptable alternatives found back home.