Organic Thai Cooking School

Organic Thai Cooking School

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Phuket is home to several Thai cookery courses where you can learn the secrets behind those dreamy, creamy curries, spicy salads and tasty stir-fries. Most of the island’s top resorts offer Thai cooking classes, but we were looking for something more low-key and accessible. Asking around led us to a half-day class at the Organic Thai Cooking school.

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Delicious and fresh. The course uses only pesticide-free veggies. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Delicious and fresh. The course uses only pesticide-free veggies. Photo: Lana Willocks

The price of 1,300 baht includes the instruction, a trip to the local market, all ingredients and supplies, a copy of the recipes and transport from anywhere in Phuket south of Karon beach. Transport from more northern locations may be arranged for an additional charge. A six-dish class for 2,400 baht is also available.

The course starts with a brief tour around the chef’s little garden of Eden, a small area brimming with an array of herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit. Organic gardening in Phuket is a constant battle with the tropical island’s pest population, and to help prevent an insect attack many plants are set in pots and hung from specially made racks—keeping them off the ground helps keep the bugs at bay.

The school has four different set programmes available, but the chef is flexible if there’s a particular dish you’re keen to try that’s not on the menu. If you’re vegetarian just let her know in advance and she’ll modify the class for you. The rice and all the vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices used in the course are organic, but not the meats, which are sadly near impossible to find in Phuket.

Measuring out the fish sauce and salty/spicy bits. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Measuring out the fish sauce and salty/spicy bits. Photo: Lana Willocks

Our group tried the Thai Cooking Course 3 programme, which includes green curry with chicken (gang giao wan gai), fried rice with pineapple (khao pad sapparot) and Northern fried chicken salad (laab gai thot).

The course is aimed more at everyday cooking, not gourmet, so if you’re hoping to learn to make curry paste from scratch using a mortar and pestle, for example, you’ll need to arrange for that in advance. Otherwise, the paste is pre-made and purchased from ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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