A trip to Thailand wouldn't be complete without a Thai cooking class. It's been one of my dreams to learn how to make some of my favourite Thai dishes for years and I was so happy to finally get to have this experience last week with Phuket Thai Cooking Academy.
I chose to do a half day cooking class on a Monday afternoon. I think it's great because you get to choose 5 dishes of your choice with free pick-up and drop-off included if you are staying in certain areas in Phuket, including Patong, Kathu, Kata, Kamala, and Phuket Town.
I got picked up at 1:30pm and was dropped off at the wet market where I was greeted our guide and the rest of the group in the cooking class. We were given a tour around the market and I learned so many wonderful and interesting things about shopping for fresh produce and the complex flavours of Thai ingredients. Basically, most Thai vegetables (from eggplants, onions, garlic to chili) are so tiny compared to the average norm, but are PACKED with double the strength and flavour. Talk about good things coming in small packages.
One of my favourite things about Thailand is how you will often see food wrapped in banana leaves instead of plastic. It looks so beautiful, tastes delicious and is so much better for the environment.
Another interesting fact I really enjoyed learning was that 80% of the produce found in this wet market are organic.
We made our way to the academy after the market tour and were welcomed with the a glass of the most beautifully coloured butterfly pea flower tea. The tea is naturally blue in colour and turns into a gorgeous shade of purple when combined with lemon juice. It looked like magic.
And talk about cooking in paradise... This was the view from our kitchen.
My first two dishes were red curry and tom kha gai. We prepped all the fresh ingredients and sauces for the dish at the beginning of the class.
Then we moved on to cooking on the wok.
Prepping the coconut sticky rice was so fun. I didn't realize how simple this delicious dessert actually is. I'll definitely be making more of this once I head home.
And voila! My first red curry dish complete.
We plated all the dishes and sat down for one heck of a feast. Everything was divine and I couldn't believe that I was actually able to make all of my favourite Thai dishes.
This was such a fun and incredible afternoon. If you're ever looking for a Thai cooking class in Phuket, I'd highly recommend spending a day learning from the experienced and talented chefs at Phuket Thai Cooking Academy.