Enroll in a Cooking School in Ao Nang

Farang the Knife: Forget the postcards—take back a Thai cooking secret (PhotoDisc)

If you enjoy Thai food and cooking, consider increasing your epicurean skills while in country by enrolling in a Thai cooking class. Try your hand at making tom kah gai (coconut lemongrass soup with chicken) or nam prik ong (spicy minced pork) at the Krabi Thai Cookery School where Chonlaya "Ya" Tong will guide you through the myriad options of her native cuisine. With 25 years of cooking under her belt, she'll teach you when to use kaffir limes and grated coconut and how to use a mortar and pestle and properly spice food with various chilies. Given the complexity of Thai food, don't expect a one-day course to transform you into a master Thai chef. But you will walk away knowing how to cook a Thai meal—and that'll attract more of a crowd back home than your travel slideshow. Special menu requirements like vegetarian or avoiding certain food allergies can easily be accommodated. Expect to spend around 1,000 baht ($25) for a half-day course.
Contact Info: +66.0.75.695.133; thaicookeryschool.net


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