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Travel || Thai Cooking Class (in Thailand)

We love Thai food, so we set aside an afternoon to do a cooking class. The venue we chose offered different menus on different days, so instead of scheduling our class around our availability, we scheduled it around what we’d most like to eat. That seems like the natural decision, right? 

First of all, I’d like to point out how amazing it was to cook outdoors. If only all of my recipe posts could be done like this; outside, in warm sun with perfect natural lighting. Alas! We started the class by learning about the massaman curry first. The chef demonstrated the whole process, and then we had a chance to try it for ourselves. I let Sam do all the jobs that I don’t like to do, like chopping the chicken. My favourite thing about the lesson was that the cooking staff, and especially our wonderful chef didn’t hesitate to tell you if you were making a mistake! When Chef tasted our curry, she declared it not sweet enough, so I embarrassedly added in an extra spoonful of palm sugar to make it just right! (I also put in some extra peanuts when no one was watching, just for me!) 

Next up we had the pad thai goong. Sam had the illustrious job of prepping and deheading the prawns and I didn’t envy him this task. Since I don’t eat seafood, I sat out the tasting of this recipe, but I got stuck into the actual cooking of it. Believe it or not, the hardest aspect of the recipe was preparing the noodles so that they were just the right consistency! 

Our cooking class was in the late afternoon, and we were able to set everything aside for a few hours and come back and stuff ourselves later on for dinner. I was super proud of our massaman in the end, but I know it wouldn’t have gone nearly as well without such good guidance. 

Our cooking class was at Khao Lak Laguna, 26/8 Moo 7, Khuk-khak , Takuapa, Phang-nga, Thailand 82220

Phad Thai Goong Sot
2238 calories
301 g
611 g
77 g
90 g
9 g
1081 g
8128 g
67 g
0 g
63 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2238
Calories from Fat 670
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 77g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 44g
Cholesterol 611mg
Sodium 8128mg
Total Carbohydrates 301g
Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugars 67g
Protein 90g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 250 g rice noodles
  2. 200 g fresh shrimp
  3. 3 tablespoons of oil
  4. .5 cups of fried tofu
  5. 2 tablespoons of dried turnip
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 1 cup of bean sprouts
  8. 1/4 cup of Chinese chives, chopped
  9. 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts, chopped
For the sauce
  1. 3 cloves of garlic
  2. 1/4 cup of dried prawns
  3. 1/4 cup of fish sauce
  4. 1/4 cup of sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons of tamarind juice
  6. 1 tablespoon of paprika
To garnish
  1. 1/2 cup of bean sprouts
  2. 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  3. 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Soak the rice noodles in cold water for 30 minutes. Drain them and set them aside for later. Then heat a large skillet and add in your oil. Sauté the garlic and dried shrimp. Next add in the noodles and stirfry until they go translucent.
  2. Then add in the fish sauce, dried prawns, sugar, tamarind juice and paprika and mix everything together in your pan until thoroughly combined. Next, stir in the tofu and dried turnips.
  3. Whilst stirring gently, turn the heat up a bit higher and make a space in your pan to crack an egg into. Break the egg and whisk it whilst it cooks until just set. Then combine everything in the pan, giving it a few tosses to all become mixed together. Reduce the heat back down to medium and cook for about two minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Mix in the chives, peanuts and beansprouts and then garnish with all the additional bits (if desired).
Adapted from From the Chef at Khao Lak Laguna
Adapted from From the Chef at Khao Lak Laguna
Rhyme & Ribbons
Massaman Curry
Serves 2
3138 calories
354 g
134 g
168 g
82 g
136 g
1952 g
3727 g
205 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3138
Calories from Fat 1415
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 168g
Saturated Fat 136g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 134mg
Sodium 3727mg
Total Carbohydrates 354g
Dietary Fiber 17g
Sugars 205g
Protein 82g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 150 g chicken
  2. 3 tablespoons of massaman curry paste
  3. 1 cup of coconut cream
  4. 2 cups of coconut milk
  5. 3 potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into chunks
  6. 2 onions, chopped
  7. 2 tablespoons of peanuts
  8. 2 tablespoons of palm sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  10. 3 tablespoons of tamarind juice
  11. 1 tablespoon of chicken stock
  1. Heat the coconut milk in a large pan over medium heat until it just starts boiling. Then add your chopped chicken pieces, reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  2. Then add in your coconut cream, curry paste and sauté for about 1 minute stirring constantly. Next add in your peanuts, sugar, fish sauce, tamarind juice, chicken sauce, onion and pre-boiled potatoes.
  3. Simmer until everything is tender and cooked through
Adapted from From the chef at Khao Lak Laguna
Adapted from From the chef at Khao Lak Laguna
Rhyme & Ribbons

Our brilliant chef and teacher! 

About to dive into our tasty meal. 

Have you ever taken any cooking classes whilst you were on holiday? 

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  • I’ve never taken a cooking class on holiday and often wished that I did…

  • What an amazing idea! Was it expensive to do? Also, do you not eat seafood because you’re allergic or because you don’t like it? Does that also include fish? Alice xxxx

    • Well *spoiled alert* the hotel booked us into a class as a honeymoon gift. Super lucky, right? But I believe that the class was around £50 (for a couple) – but don’t quote me in that.

      I don’t eat fish either- I had fish pets as a kid and they all died in a tragic aquarium accident and like a stubborn weirdo, I’ve never eaten seafood since. X

  • Thanks for sharing this looks so good

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • OOOH I LOVE THIS. Definitely giving that pad thai a go next week. I did a class in Warsaw when I went in December and LOVED it. Definitely something I’m going to look into doing again in future. xx

  • I love Thai food so I would thoroughly enjoy something like this! x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Whatever you two end up doing for your honeymoon, I recommend cooking class! It wasn’t such a fun activity to do together! Xx

  • This looks like so much fun! I love thai food so it is a good tip as well if I ever travel there and thank you for the recipes. I hope your trip has gone well 🙂


    • Thanks Lii! We’ve been back for two weeks now (boo!) so I’ve been writing these post retrospectively but I wish I was back there! X

  • Laura Torninoja

    I loooove Thai food so much so this cooking course would be an absolute dream! I’m actually dreaming of those noodles right now – this post has made me so hungry! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Ooo I bet that was so fun!
    We went to brazil on our honeymoon last year and did a class there – it was like a cook along, then all sit down at the end affair – I loved it!

    • That sounds amazing! What did you learn to cook? Brazilian isn’t a cuisine that I’m massively familiar with so I definitely want to know more! X

      • We made some very niche Brazilian dishes, using some local ingredients that I can’t even remember the names of. Was such a fun eve!

  • I wish that we had been able to do a cooking class when we were there. I bet it was so tasty!

    • It was super tasty! I’ve actually had a Thai lesson in London before but this was just phenomenally different! X

  • Brooklyn

    Oh my goodness yum! Thai cuisine is one of my favorites. This would be such a fun experience!

  • Doing a cooking class in Thailand was one of my fave things we did there! Such good memories – and loved cooking outside!

    • I think if you’re in Thailand it’s just one of those things that must be done! It really was one of my favourite memories! Xx

  • Massaman is my favorite, yum! cooking classes are so much fun, and they really help me figure out what dishes I can eat. we haven’t done one in Thailand but I have in Bali and Vietnam, and here in Taiwan we took [of all things] an Indian cooking class.

    • Oh – that sounds like so much fun! (Indian food is another one of my favs). Can you still eat Massaman or is it on your intolerance list now? x

  • This is one thing I wish I did more of on my travels. It must be amazing learning recipes and dishes of the country you’re in so I’ll definitely have to do that on my next adventure! I’m now off to eat my left over Pad Thai from last night. This post has made me hungry! 🙂

    Emma |

    • Haha sorry Emma! It is really interesting to get an insider’s look on a more authentic take on the cuisine. The pad thai was delicious but it tasted completely different from most pad thais that I’ve had and it made me totally realise that there’s a huge gap between food and it’s Westernised versions. x

  • I think taking a cooking class while traveling sounds like such a fun way to learn more about the culture, and get such a unique experience!

    • Totally! And because the class was small and a few hours long, we really got a chance to chat food in-depth with the Chef! x

  • Miu

    It makes absolute sense to plan the classes around what you want to eat 🙂 Even better when it fits into the schedule? However, I think recipes are there to be modified to personal taste. The chef can tell of course that it should be sweeter to be ‘the original’, but if you like it the way it is?

    • Yea I totally agree! The chef did stress that if I was happy with it the way it was, I could have left it the same, but I figured that I may as well add it in and get it to taste the way she preferred it and see if I liked it any better. (To be honest, I couldn’t really taste the difference!!) x

  • My friends did this when they were in Vietnam and they said it was their favourite moment! It looks like so much fun, and so delicious!

    • I bet they cooked some delicious things! It was a lot of fun and then we got to feel slightly proud of it being so tasty! x

  • I do love a good massaman! I really want to try a cooking class, everyone seems to always really enjoy them, and whats not to love at feasting on what you’ve prepared afterwards?

    • Haha and because we were cooking for ourselves, I chucked a bunch of extra peanuts in ours because I like ’em! x