Thailand is full of amazing food and amazing cooking classes. However, Chanita Thai Cooking Class on Koh Samui was a disappointing experience that I wouldn’t recommend. I would recommend doing a Thai cooking class somewhere else though as I have had lots of amazing experiences in the past. On this occasion I was left feeling unsatisfied, ripped off and completely underwhelmed by the class.
- Where: Chanita Thai Cooking Class, Koh Samui, Thailand
- Facebook – though hasn’t been updated in a few years
- Best form of contact: You can book with most of the tour operators found on the street or go to their website: http://www.excursionsonsamui.com/tour/chanita-cooking-class/
- Cost: 1700 Baht
The Food at Chanita Thai Cooking Class, Thailand
Chicken Fried Rice: I have always been a big fan of thai fried rice so it was great to learn a few tricks so that I can make it successfully at home. Number 1, always have a super hot wok! Number 2, every Thai dish has salt, sugar and stock.
Massaman Curry: As mentioned below in the con’s I was very disappointed to not have the opportunity to make the curry paste itself. However, I did learn a great tip – that with Thai curry you dissolve the paste in the hot coconut milk as opposed to frying the paste like you do with Indian curry. Creates a very different flavour.
Tempura Prawns: I already knew how to make these so was disappointed to have them switched out for the satay that was advertised. However, it was a great opportunity to taste some more of the amazing seafood that can be found on Koh Samui. Definitely recommend changing your diet to be predominantly seafood while you are there.
Why do a Thai Cooking Class?
Thai food is by far some of my favourite food in the world. I love the combinations of hot, sweet, spicy, crunchy or smooth. The number one thing you have to know about Thai food is that it should all be fresh, the ingredients should be fresh and it should be cooked right before you eat it. To get the best out of the ingredients you should cook with a wok on a high heat, simmering isn’t really a thing the Thai’s do. Get it into the pot hot, then get it out and into your mouth!
Pro’s: The location was stunning, set on the patio of a beautiful local home, over looking a swimming pool and the rainforest. My chef was chatty and friendly and made me feel at ease even though I was the only person there.
Con’s: Sadly, this is the first time I have done a cooking course and had the con’s outweigh the pro’s. It was a really bad experience and left me feeling sad and disappointed. Whats more when I tried to contract the school via email and Facebook I never received a response. Here are is a quick list of my con’s:
- The food I cooked wasn’t what had been advertised, for the day I went it was advertised that I would make satay, this was switched out for tempura prawns. Learning to make real Thai satay had been the reason I chose that course
- I believe that the course is designed for larger groups, as there was only me I believe that they took a lot of short cuts. At the time of booking they should have advised me that the class wouldn’t go ahead if there were no other customers, or negotiated something with me to make up for the fact that they didn’t have a class designed for a solo chef.During the whole experience I felt as though I was rushed through and an annoyance.
- There were no beverages included in the price, not even water. I understand paying extra for beer and soft drinks but I think if you are serving food then at the very least water needs to be included in the original price.
- I had expected to be gone for 4 hours as per the description in the brochure. However, including travel time I was gone for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Very disappointing.
- For the massaman curry they had already created the curry paste. That was one of the main things I wanted to learn, from other reviews I saw that others made it from scratch. I can only assume that I didn’t because they just wanted to get my course done as soon as possible.
Every traveller has their must do thing; some like beer and clubs, others go sky diving or bungee jumping, and some buy amazing souvenirs. My must do item which I splurge on – is cooking classes! NOTE: This post is not sponsored, all my own thoughts.