From the moment I was picked up from my Chiang Mai hotel at 9:30am until I was dropped off again at 5:30pm I learned how to cook 6 Thai dishes, met travelers from around the world, visited a local food market, dined in a private home and received expert local restaurant recommendations.
As a solo traveler to Chiang Mai I was interested in joining a small group activity rather than a large tour. Yui's Thai home cooking class is limited to 8 participants and is truly hands-on. There is no large mirror above her for demonstration, rather the students gather around to watch her teach up close. Each student has their own "station" which consists of a Wok, cutting board, knife, utensils, dishes and necessary ingredients. The space is clean and comfortable and the atmosphere laid-back and friendly.
The class started right off learning to prepare Pad Thai, continuing on with Chicken & Green Curry, Spring Rolls, Stir Fried Chicken with Cashews, Hot & Sour Prawn Soup, and Mango Sticky Rice. It was a good thing we had been advised just to eat a "light breakfast" beforehand! Midway through the day Yui took us on a tour of a local market where we could see the ingredients we had been using as well as many other exotic foods.
Take this class! All the rave reviews on TripAdvisor are correct. I would take it again and I recommend it to anyone interested in cooking or eating Thai food.
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