Thai Cooking Class with Basil Cookery School

Now that I’ve got you thinking about the delicious and cheap eats on the streets of Chiang Mai you could head out for a takeaway order of pad Thai and tom yum soup or you could whip up a few dishes at home.

While in Chiang Mai I spent a wonderful day at the Basil Cookery School taking a Thai cooking class. Led by our trusted instructor, Benz, our small group of 8 cooked 6 dishes each. Needless to say by the end of the lesson, I was struggling to eat my dessert (although it was voted the best dessert by the group).

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

My black sticky rice pudding with toasted coconut was a hit!

Our day started out with a trip to the local wet market where Benz gave us a quick tour and showed us many of the ingredients we would be using in the kitchen that day.

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

pea eggplants

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

Once we made it to the cookery school, it was time to get cooking. We each had our own chopping stations and woks and every step of the prep and cooking was guided by Benz (and two other assistants who thankfully washed up all the dishes).

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

fresh veggies

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

kaffir lime leaves

The lesson really made Thai cooking seem easy. By the end of the day I had successfully made stir fried minced pork with holy basil, drunken noodle, hot and sour prawn soup, green curry (made with my freshly ground curry paste), papaya salad and black sticky rice pudding.

And everything was amazing.

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

minced pork

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

hot and sour prawn soup

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

papaya salad

Thai Cooking Class - a review and guide to Chiang Mai's Basil Cookery School in Thailand

drunken noodle

P.S. Sorry for the poor food photo quality. I was in a hurry and the food was steamy.

Basil Cookery School gives you a recipe book to take home, complete with all the recipes from the dishes you made (and the ones you didn’t choose to make). I’m now back in Hong Kong, and have had a bit of trouble tracking down all the ingredients so my most recent curry attempt turned out to be way too spicy and not quite as good as the green curry I made in Chiang Mai (which was the best curry I’ve ever had).

But, I feel confident that my next at home Thai cooking attempt will be just fine.

Although if anyone wants to send a mortar and pestle my way for my curry paste, that would be lovely.

What ethnic dishes would you like to learn to cook?

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  • Taking a cooking class while abroad would be such a great experience, and the food all looks delicious. I would love to learn how to make sushi.

    • Ooh sushi would be a great skill to learn!

  • What an awesome experience!

    • I’ll send you some recipes!

  • We actually did a group tour in Thailand (just because it was last minute and super cheap, not because I generally like using group travel deals)…I soooooo wanted to at least try thai cooking…and if we are still in Asia next year, we’ll bring my husband for a real trip and for sure do a Thai cooking class. Until then, the next class I take will probably be either Sichuan or Mexican (although since I actually speak Spanish, I’ll probably just ask the in-laws for some cooking lessons this summer in Mexico:)

    • I’d definitely recommend a Thai cooking class. My boyfriend and I both love Sichuan food so that would be on my list too. I can’t say that I can cook Mexican food, but I can make some mean Tex-Mex 🙂

  • I’m so jealous!! I love Thai food and hardly ever make it since I have almost no idea what I’m doing! LOL

    • The cooking part of the process is quick, it’s just the prep buying fresh ingredients and chopping them up that takes a bit of time. But it was so worth it

  • This would’ve have been a very exciting thing do. The ingredients and instructions in any asian style recipe are always too intimidating to me so having a teacher would be an incredible learning experience. Looks yummy!

    • Yes the instructor really made the cooking process seem simple. If only I could get my hands on the same fresh ingredients

  • That looks like SO MUCH FUN! 🙂

  • What a great idea to do a cookery class – I have never done one, but I think I would like it.
    I am not sure if I would try Thai as it often uses fish paste (I’m allergic), but I would like to try getting to grips with doing more stir-fry type cookery.

    • The great thing about cooking your own dishes, is that you can always sub ingredients or leave things out. Apparently the big tip for stir-fry type dishes is to cook with high heat and fast– if your pan starts smoking, take it off the heat and stir, stir, stir until it stops. Don’t turn down the heat 🙂

  • That sounds so cool! The food also looks amazing! Such a good idea 🙂