Ever thought about following a cooking class in Thailand? Stop thinking and just do it! 😀 We have been to Thailand once before, and saw all those cooking class on offer. We love to cook, but we found it to be too expensive when travelling on such a low budget. Second time round, our budget is about the same as 5 years ago, although this time we promised ourselves that we must follow a cooking class. We ended up doing Time For Lime in Koh Lanta, which was a great experience!
Here are 3 reasons why we think you must follow a cooking class in Thailand
- It will be the tastiest meal you will have! Not just because you cooked it, also because the cooking schools usually use very good ingredients and have the bet recipes.
- You will learn a trick or two for cooking in general. Even if you are not a chef at home, and cannot properly fry an omelette, a cooking class will surely add some confidence and allow you to impress your friends or your mom! :-p
- You will learn so much more about the Thai cuisine and be able to choose your dishes in restaurants much better! You could also impress fellow travellers by showing off your knowledge of the Thai kitchen.
Read below our journal entry from following the Thai cooking class in Koh Lanta at Time For Lime.
Hi there and sunny greetings from Koh Lanta! Yes, we are still here enjoying the island life ? On Saturday we booked a Thai cooking class with the school Time for Lime. It’s been our first cooking class ever and it
couldn’t have been better! The school is in a very open, clean, and
bohemian-stylish setting on Klong Dao beach.
Our instructor was Noi, a local from Chiang Mai, who was not only an excellent cook and teacher but made us laugh our guts out the entire evening! He had spent 2 years in Berlin, which made him know all German Schlager songs you could imagine and tell anecdotes from his past lovers that he listed each time he was crushing garlic. “This is for you Frank, see you on the other side!” BOOM! Garlic crush!
In the beginning of the class we received an introduction into the most common ingredients and spices used in Thai cuisine, followed by a surprise ‘Thailand in one bite’ snack. After that we moved to our cooking stations, where we prepared under Noi’s instruction a home made red curry paste, crispy spring rolls, and stir fried shrimps with chili paste. All that while sipping on the most delicious cocktails! (They also have a cocktails making class) We decorated our home cooked food plates with banana leaves and rice towers and enjoyed our first course while watching the sun set on the beach.
The second set of dishes included stir fried veggies and fish in red curry sauce using the curry paste we had prepared before. It was finger licking good and we were super stuffed!
Thai food is generally spicy! We remember meals that were anything from mild to not being able to talk for minutes because of the burning fire in our mouths. At the Time for Lime cooking class everyone could control the spiciness of their own food. We were going for mildly spicy, although Noi told us that the secret of his full lips is not botox but his father’s love for spicy food. Maybe a tip that helps one reduce the bill for beauty treatments!
If you are ever in Koh Lanta and if you enjoy Thai food, we would strongly recommend you to go for the Time for Lime cooking class! We had a super fun evening! And the best about it all is that the money is used for a good cause, namely to support the non-profit organization Koh Lanta Animal Welfare, which is saving the lives of often tortured stray cats and dogs here on the island.