The souvenir that keeps on giving
Published/Last edited or updated: 19th February, 2017
To say that Siem Reap has an abundance of cooking classes is a bit like saying it sometimes rains in England. There are loads, but we highlight a couple here that we like for various reasons.
The Tigre de Papier is one of the longest-running restaurants on Pub Street, a testament to its straightforward style and reliability, and its school is just as highly rated. One of the best elements, for those who might not be fans of the usually prepared fish amok, is that you can choose yourself which dish you want to prepare. At $14 per person, the class is a bargain too.
The RiverGarden’s class is recommended for the opportunity to cook dishes at one of Siem Reap’s quietly fantastic restaurants in their lovely, jungle-y garden. Their “Cooks in tuks-tuks” tour runs at $25 per person ($35 if only one), and though pricey, we think the quirkiness and lovely setting more than make up for that. Moreover, they are now starting to run guided street food tours, for the culinarily brave of heart, and stomach.
Way on the other side of town, Sojourn takes advantage of its gorgeous location in the middle of the countryside to bring you on a special tour of a neighbouring village to show you the different herbs and vegetables used as they are grown and introduce you to Cambodian customs and beliefs surrounding food. You then go back to the bamboo kitchen to start the real cooking, before enjoying the fruits of your labour in their romantic lotus pond stilted-pavilion. The classes are $24 for a half-day class and $35 for a full-day, with a maximum of six students per class. These classes are very popular and booking is strongly recommended.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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