Now don’t get me wrong, I do like cooking, it just wasn’t at the forefront of my mind when thinking of things to do on a recent trip to Thailand. Despite that I gladly agreed to the suggested 1 day cooking course at Apple’s Guesthouse in Kanchanaburi. With Thai food getting more and more popular in Europe I can see these courses becoming a staple thing to do on a trip to Thailand.

The cooking course started off with a trip to the local Kanchanaburi market where Noi took us through the huge array of eye opening foods and produces  the market and on the road side stalls had to offer. We’ve been around a fair few markets in Asia but  being talked through all the strange produce was probably the highlight of the day for me, despite  feeling a bit in the way we were welcomed by the vendors and were able to be a bit nosier than we might usually be alone.

After we’d had a good look around the market we returned to the Apples Retreat kitchen where we cooked 5 dishes, 1 of which was a steamed fish demonstration, the other 4 we all got our hands dirty and made our own versions from careful notes taken during a previous demonstration. The setup was pretty professional and the kitchen equipment impressive, Noi was really helpful giving tips and advice throughout as we did out best, coughing  with  eyes watering as the curry pastes ( pre made by Noi as it took too long) sizzled away.

After each dish we all sat down as a group to compare dishes, some better than others! During the 5 hour course we cooked Pad Thai, Green and Yellow Curry and Cashew Stir Fry, all of which were very good. We also made sure that after we got the details of how to cook a Tom Kha as its a favourite of ours. A Thai cooking course comes highly recommended, although the only course I’ve ever done, I can’t see one being much better than Noi’s cooking course at Apple’s.

Course costs 1,250 Baht per person.

Find out more: http://www.applenoi-kanchanaburi.com/cooking.html

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.