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 most classes. Starting with an introduction to the core ingredients of Thai red onions, garlic, chillies, galangal, lemon grass and kaffir, you then move onto the hard graft of grinding them into the paste using the traditonal pestle and mortar. Once you’ve mastered that, it’s time to perfect the actual cooking of a curry itself.
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.
Teaching is not just restricted to these dishes though and the cooking schools may also offer unfamiliar recipes, which help broaden your knowledge of Thai cooking overall.
The Schools – Koh Chang Thai Cooking Schools
There are now just 2 cooking schools in Koh Chang, Napalai and Kati Culinary, both based in the Klong Prao area on the west coast. Blue Lagoon and Koh Chang Thai Cooking School have closed down.
Classes are small with around 8 to 10 people the maximum, with you each assigned your own individual workstation and gas ring. At Kati Culinary, the cooking classes run during the day 11.00 to 15.30. 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 and you get to eat what you prepare!
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 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. 11.00 to 15.30 with maximum of 10 persons. Closed Tuesdays. Facebook page here
Class at 1,500bt per person
Blue Lagoon Cooking School
NOW SHUT DOWN
The cooking school has now closed as Teacher Yaa has opened a restaurant, Khao Kham in Kai Bae. There, she offers many of the unique dishes familiar to her former students.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season
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