pum cooking school - Thailand

Monday, August 04, 2014

'When in Rome, do as the Romans do' right? Right! For me in Thailand that meant take a cooking class or two. So we did. And not only did I learn some pretty cool kitchen skills and recipes, but I also met one of the most helpful and friendly hosts I've ever come across while travelling.

Here's how our hot and sizzling cooking school night began...

It was our last day in Thailand and hubby and I arrived in Phuket fresh off the boat from Ko Phi Phi Island with time on our hands before our night flight to Japan. Luckily we had done our research and knew that Pum Cooking School in Patong Beach ran evening classes. Perfect.

We caught a shared taxi to Pum Restaurant where the classes are held (this was an adventure in itself as the driver had no idea where the cooking school was so dropped us in the middle of nowhere) hungry bellies growling in anticipation...

Pum Cooking School - Patong Beach, Thailand

We arrived at Pum Cooking School to some lovely set tables, complete with our own take away cook book for the evening...

...we were ready to learn... but learning is so much better while drinking chilled beer, right?

Pum Cooking School - Patong Beach - Thailand

First up we had a interactive session getting to know our key ingredients up close and personal. I just love how fresh food is in Thailand!

Pum Cooking School ingredients - Patong Beach - Thailand

Then we made our way to the kitchen, ready to get down to business...

Pum Cooking School kitchen - Patong Beach - Thailand

The cooking classes at Pum Cooking School are nice and small, so you get one-to-one time with the tutor. There were just four of us in our class. Very intimate ;)

Our menu for the evening was:
  1. Green curry with chicken
  2. Chicken in coconut soup
  3. Hot and sour prawn soup
Everything was made from scratch, including the curry pastes. The lesson was fun, hands on and interactive. And the food was delicious... 

Green curry with chicken - Pum Cooking School, Thailand
thai green curry with chicken

Hot and sour prawn soup - Pum Cooking School, Thailand

Hot and sour prawn soup - Pum Cooking School, Thailand
hot and sour prawn soup

... my favourite part of the experience? Eating of course....

Pum Cooking School, Patong Beach - Thailand

At the end of the night we asked our host to help us hail a taxi to the airport, which she booked in advance. When the taxi didn't show up and time was counting down to our flight instead of trying to hail another taxi like most people would she personally drove us herself! Such a generous spirit and really made our evening. The airport was a good hour drive from Pum Cooking School, so not just a little thing!

Thanks again to Pum and her amazing staff at Patong Beach. Cooking Thai food has never been so fun!

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17 comments

  1. That sounds spectacular! If I were to learn to cook any food, it would be Thai or Japanese. I love the freshness too!

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    1. Agree! I was surprised at how easy some of the recipes were once you had all the ingredients lined up. And the eating was fab :)

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  2. Holy moly, this looks incredible. I feel like my Thai cooking is not shabby having never visited Thailand but this is like a whoooole step up. I'm curious... did you learn anything that you found yourself using or making in your kitchen at home? Thanks for sharing! Yummmm. I think this is a must-do :)

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    1. Hi Cynthia - I've made the soup since and also a chicken salad that is sweet and sour. Very yummy :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I ADORE cooking in other countries. The food looks like it turned out absolutely amazing. I might even been able to rope my husband into a class with the promise of beer!

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    1. Beer works wonders with men, doesn't it? ;)

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  4. I would love to learn some Thai cooking! What you made looks so delicious!

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  5. That is so cool! I've always thought that cooking class would be annoying because I didn't want to be in a large group trying to understand a recipe - but wow 4 people is such a great size for a group! :) I mean you get to really ask questions and everything! It looks like such a wonderful experience as well to have done a cooking class in a different country! And you get to eat the food at the end? Sign me up right away :)

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    1. Yeah, I think small classes are the best. I don't think it would be the same experience if you were with a large group. And yes, the eating (and drinking) is awesome!!

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  6. I have only done one cooking class and that was in Sweden (we cooked meatballs!) I am not the biggest fan of cooking, but I do like eating ;)

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    1. Ha ha, me too. I cook to eat :)

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  7. This looks awesome and the food looks brilliant! x

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  8. What a neat experience! I went to a Thai restaurant for lunch today, and actually just finished eating the leftovers for dinner! lol I've never done a cooking class, but it sounds really fun.

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    1. You should try a cooking class next time you're travelling - they are so much fun and a great way to experience a different culture :)

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  9. I love taking cooking classes when traveling. I'm seriously thinking of saving and planning for a trip to Thailand. If I go this will be on my schedule!

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