Smokin' Pot Cooking School
Great value, fun teacher, tasty food
What we say:
This old standby restaurant claims to offer the longest running cooking class in Cambodia -- going strong for over 12 years.
The class is run by the owner himself, Vannak Robie, who was a tad grumpy when we first met on the morning of the class but quickly warmed up to our charms. He divulged that the cooking class is not for everyone; if you're particular or picky about what you eat, this is probably not for you. Robie is a seasoned Khmer chef who learned from the female cooks of his large cooking family and his expertise and experience are evident in the informative yet laid back lessons.
Each class is allowed to choose three dishes from the Smokin' Pot's menu before being led through Psar Nath, the local fresh market in town to pick out ingredients. Our class chose fish amok, beef fried with basil leaves and sgnor chrouk, a fragrant Khmer soup made with lemongrass, galagal and kaffir lime leaves. The food is enjoyed together for a very filling lunch after it's finished.
Robie provided a fun and educational experience that's suitable for all levels of cooking ability. Our group included a seasoned restaurant chef and a guy who could hardly work a toaster, both of whom went home happy. Students are given cookbooks with 12 of the Smokin' Pot's best recipes, which is great, but don't miss the chance to grill Robie on all things Cambodia. At only $8 per person, the class offers great value for the money.
Book at least one day in advance for a class.
More details229, Group 8, 20 Ousephea Village, Battambang (Near Angkor Hotel)
Last updated: 6th June, 2013
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