This marks the most exciting finale of our trip as we went on to sign up for an amazing outdoor cooking full-day workshop with Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School. There were several Thai cooking schools recommended on Trip Advisor but I have not come across Asia Scenic. So I would think this is a hidden gem, for sure! It was actually recommended by the receptionist from our previous hotel at Buri Gallery Hotel and I am so glad that we went ahead with her recommendation as it was one of the best cooking class I’ve attended so far!
At Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School, you can opt for a half-day or full-day cooking class. You could also choose between indoor and outdoor cooking. I thought outdoor cooking would be one of a kind and it would be nice cooking outdoors and using fresh herbs plucked from the garden.
The first part of the tour is a local wet market tour and the local market was located quite a distance from the city area. It’s actually about 30 minutes of car ride and this is usually where the local Thais would get their fresh produce from.
So, our bubbly guide/master chef introduce to us some of the common local ingredients used in Thai cuisine. It goes from the various type of curry paste to the types of noodles, from bee hoon to kuay teow.
We were taught from the very basics from the way we should cook the noodles to the ingredients each noodle is made up of. The glass noodles, for instance, is made from Mung bean and thus is lower in calorie as compared to other types of noodles. It is most commonly used Thai salads and other dishes too.
Our guide, who calls herself Pear, has a very interesting personality. You might think that she is young and inexperienced but the truth is, she is very knowledgeable, patient and humorous at times. It was really enjoyable to be learning alot of things about Thai cooking from her.
These grounds are owned by the owner of Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School. He even has a house right next to the garden!
This is a Thai appetizer which people from the olden days would serve their guests with. It’s betel leaves wrapped with condiments like peanuts, chilli, onions, shallots, honey, lime, ginger and garlic. It represents all the different tastes – sweet, sour, spicy and salty – all combined together to give that flavorful punch to fire up your taste buds.