Koh Chang Thai Cooking Schools are another popular way to spend a day off the beach, with a handful of places offering comprehensive instruction in everything from the raw produce, to ingredients, to techniques and presentation.
The Dishes Taught – Koh Chang Thai Cooking Schools
Curry pastes are integral to all Thai curries, so learning how to make them is usually the basis of all classes. This involves an introduction to the core ingredients such as Thai red onions and Thai garlic, galangal, lemon grass and kaffir lime, followed by their preparation and finally the hard pestle and mortar work of grinding them into a paste.
Once you’ve mastered and completed that, you move onto the actual assembly and cooking of the classic red, green or Massaman curries themselves.
Other dishes taught often include soups like Tom Yam or Tom Kha Gai, while the perennial favourite Pad Thai is usually in the mix somewhere. Mango and sticky rice is a very popular choice as the dessert.
The teaching is not just restricted to these dishes though and each of the cooking schools also offer unfamiliar recipes, which help broaden your knowledge of Thai cooking overall. At the end of all classes, you get to eat what you cook.
The Schools – Koh Chang Thai Cooking Schools
There are 3 main cooking schools at Blue Lagoon, Napalai and Kati Culinary, all based in the Klong Prao area on the west coast. Pekan at Bamboo Hut Restaurant on Bang Bao Beach is another option. Koh Chang Thai Cooking School in Klong Plu has closed.
Classes are small with around 8 to 10 people the maximum, with you each assigned your own individual workstation and gas ring. At Blue Lagoon Cooking School or Kati Culinary, the cooking classes run during the daym 10.00 to 16.00/10.30 to 15.00, with an evening class also possible at Blue Lagoon. You can take shorter courses, morning, afternoon or evening at Napalai Cooking School.
Transfer between your resort and the cooking school is included in the price. You may also receive a recipe booklet or certificate.
Blue Lagoon Cooking School
Yaa at Blue Lagoon Klong Prao has been running her cooking school for well over a decade in a delightful location by the water.
The day class from 10.00 to 16.00 is a wide-reaching introduction to Thai cooking covering all the ingredients, culture and traditions. Practical tuition includes pastes as well as 5/6 dishes decided beforehand by the class, then prepared and cooked. Menus can be found here at Koh Chang Cookery.
The evening class is shorter, with the emphasis on preparation and cooking the evening meal.
Roots Day Class at 1,800bt per person. Evening Class at 1,500bt per person
Napalai Cooking School
Bunny at Napalai runs 3 classes a day in a family friendly relaxed spot in the back of Klong Prao.
With dishes ranging from pork with holy basil to chicken and cashew nut, from curries to Thai salads, all your favourite choices are on offer.
Morning classes run from 09.00 to 13.00, afternoon from 14.00 to 17.00 and evening from 18.00 to 21.30.
Morning Class at 1,200bt per person. Afternoon Class at 1,000bt per person. Evening Class at 1,600bt per person
Ning runs the daily class at the highly recommended restaurant in Central Klong Prao.
Cookery school at one of the island’s very best restaurants. 4 dishes normally prepared – say, spring rolls, penang curry, pad Thai and banana dessert. Professional, full of expertise and fun. 10.30 to 15.30 with maximum of 10 persons.
Class at 1,500bt per person
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