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Bamboo Tree Cooking Class

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Bamboo Tree Restaurant and Cooking School opened June 2014 and owner Linda brings 13 years of experience as a chef and instructor. This cooking class is a needed addition to Luang Prabang and we can highly recommend it as one of the best classes in town—if the group size is small.

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Most cooking classes in Luang Prabang follow a basic formula of a market tour, then a lesson on four to six dishes; Bamboo Tree is no different. The class kicks off at the restaurant, located in the popular row eateries on the Nam Khan river road.

Squeezing in for a closer look at pepperwood. Photo taken in or around Bamboo Tree Cooking Class, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Squeezing in for a closer look at pepperwood. Photo: Cindy Fan

One of the unusual points about the class is that there’s no regular set menu. For every class, participants decide what they want to make from a long list of 24 dishes. There were five students in our class and we each democratically chose one dish. Initially we were skeptical at how the selection process would work and assumed it’d be messy and unbalanced. However, to our surprise, it worked out perfectly. With Linda’s gentle guidance, we had selected an appetiser, soup, salad, curry and main. Plus a lesson on sticky rice was automatically included and Linda threw in a dessert for good measure.

We hopped into a tuk tuk and headed to Phosi Market with Linda’s younger sister Noy. Phosi is Luang Prabang’s largest market and this is where most of the town gets their fresh goods daily. If you have the slightest interest in food then a visit to Phosi is a must. It’s a sensorial experience. Expect a bounty of vibrant green vegetables, strange earthy things plucked from the jungle, exotic fruit and still-live creatures floundering in crowded buckets. The challenge with any market tour is navigating the chaotic labyrinth while trying to follow and listen to the guide. A group of five was manageable though at times it was still difficult to hear Noy as she explained the ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Bamboo Tree Cooking Class
Kingkitsarath Road (on the Nam Khan River), Ban Wat Sene, Luang Prabang
T: (020) 2242 5499
Admission: Class is 250,000 kip per person. It includes a take home recipe book of 24 Lao dishes. Morning class starts at 08:50, ends around 14:00. The abbreviated evening class (16:50-20:00) does not include market tour. Booking in advance and 50,000 kip deposit re

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