Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

One of Thailand's best cooking schools

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Beach holiday destinations like Ko Samui aren't usually bastions of authentic Thai cuisine, yet this extremely professional and well-respected cooking school is among the top choices in all of Thailand for those who are serious about learning to cook Thai.

A course at SITCA doesn't just show you how to make a few dishes but rather teaches all the details about those dishes, including the geographical origins of each dish, why the specific ingredients are used in each dish, and everything you can imagine about each of those specific ingredients. Students prepare a curry paste from scratch in every class, which is a feast for the senses that entails pounding a heady blend of herbs and spices by hand while providing insights into the foundational flavours of Thailand. If you don't know the difference between green, red, yellow, panang and massaman curries, you will by the end of a class at SITCA. During our visit to the school, well-known master Australian chef, Jimmy Shu, happened to be taking a course, and he he enthusiastically told us that"this is the best cooking course I have ever attended".

Two cooking classes are offered daily from Monday to Saturday – one starting at 11:00 and the other at 16:00. The menu changes each day but students have the option of choosing dishes beforehand from the school's website. One or two-week intensive programmes that teach Thai cooking from the inside out are also offered. Students of all classes are provided with a booklet of the recipes and a DVD to take home with recipes and demonstrations. The cost for the regular class is 1,950 baht per person.

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46/6 Moo 3 Chaweng Beach
http://www.sitca.net/
Last updated: 6th June, 2014

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Rosanne Turner relocated to Thailand in 2010 from South Africa. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of Samui after walking every beach, hill, coconut grove and forgotten path in search of that memory-making beach bar. You can follow her blog at Travelling Pen.

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