Koh samui cooking classes_ 5 kid-friendly hotel options

Every so often we get emailed questions from our lovely readers and fantastic customers of The Koh Samui Guide. Homemade curry recipes uk The vast majority relate to (A) bird-watching, (B) packing and (C) AngThong Marine Park and we typically have a ready answer. Salmon red curry coconut sauce recipe Sometimes, though, we’re put back to square one and have to research an answer from the ground up.

One such customer has sent us back to the drawing board on two occasions now. Thai curry coconut milk recipe Last year, she asked us about elephant experiences on Koh Samui and we researched the totally honest, albeit slightly disappointing, answer.


Thai curry without coconut milk recipes Recently, for a return visit, she asked us about Koh Samui cooking classes at hotels that could involve children. Tandoori chicken curry sauce recipe Um… we can rattle off hotels and Samui cooking class options in our sleep – but as for specifics and age-appropriateness? You’ve got us there!

Had it been anyone else we might have left it, but this customer is an all-time favourite – she says nice things about The Koh Samui Guide so we’d do anything for her. Chicken katsu curry sauce recipe Off we went, quality time with yet– another– spreadsheet. Chicken curry ingredients recipes (Just in case you think Koh Samui blogging means coconut elixirs – not so. Chicken curry homemade recipe It means a lot of Excel). Simple curry paste recipe Koh Samui hotel cooking classes

Part 1 of our cooking class recommendations: don’t miss part 2

Listed by price, high to low: Cooking classes are listed in descending order of price. ++ Prices exclude government taxes (7%) and hotel service charge (typically 10%) – double check when booking.

Do we have to be hotel guests? No, not at the hotels listed below! All of the cooking classes below welcome non-guests (staying elsewhere) to participate. Simple curry sauce recipe using curry powder During high-occupancy periods (like Songkran, Christmas, New Year) classes might only be available to hotel guests – always worth asking though! (1) InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Taling Ngam

• Approximately 3 hours (market visit and cooking class) + lunch to follow

WHAT’S COOKING? A 70-minute Thai cooking class, with a prior market tour and ingredients introduction. Red curry paste recipes using Dishes might include rice, noodles, curries, soups and Thai salads. Red curry paste recipe chicken For a specific dish, please make a special request when booking. First, take a chef-led tour of the local Si Fah morning market and fish market, and see coconut milk being made fresh. Easy thai green curry recipe using paste Return to the resort to learn about your freshly bought ingredients, then begin the cooking class. Easy thai green curry paste recipe The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards (with a glass of wine).

GROUP SIZE: Up to 8 people per class. Thai curry paste recipe green Private cooking classes are also available.

CHILDREN: Kids aged 12+ are very welcome (THB 1,500++ per child // USD approx. Thai curry paste recipe jamie oliver $45). Thai curry paste recipe vegetarian For younger children, learn about the InterContinental’s Planet Trekkers kids’ club and other activities.

TAKE HOME: an InterContinental apron, recipe cards and cooking notes.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email at least 3 days in advance // hotel website

• Price per person: THB 2,750++ // USD approx. Thai curry paste recipe $85 (special rates for couples)

• When: 10:45 am for the cooking class, or 9:30 am for the market tour

WHAT’S COOKING? Choose 3 dishes from a menu of options, or make a special request (in advance). Every class includes learning to cook 3 dishes, a market tour, and Thai table-setting and leaf-folding lessons. Simple thai red curry paste recipe The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards (with a glass of wine). Easy red thai curry paste recipe There are two packages and various menus to choose from, with the option to add more recipes (extra cost per dish). Homemade chip shop curry sauce recipe Depending on the package, prices range from THB 2,750++ to THB 4,500++ per person. Homemade curry paste recipe The latter includes ‘foodie sightseeing’ with the market tour, including visits to an organic farm and a coconut farm.

CHILDREN: Children’s cooking classes are available for ages 5-12, with Italian (pizza), American (burger), and Thai (sticky rice and mango) options. Homemade japanese curry sauce recipe THB 750++ // USD approx. Recipes with thai red curry paste $25 per child (more details about Anantara Lawana’s child-friendly aspects).

TAKE HOME: a Spice Spoons shopping bag containing a certificate, apron, chopping board and box of recipe cards

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email to the concierge at least 24 hours in advance // hotel website

• When: 2pm daily, except Wednesday and Sunday (and special events)

• Where: KOH Cooking studio – indoors and fully air-conditioned

WHAT’S COOKING? Dishes can be modified to include dietary preferences, and menus can be arranged to include your favourites. In addition to the cooking class, guests are introduced to the ingredients, and Chef teaches their preparation. Low fat curry paste recipe The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards.

GROUP SIZE: Up to 5 people per class. Low fat indian curry sauce recipe Private classes are also available.

CHILDREN: Kids 12 and up are very welcome. Low fat chinese curry sauce recipe (For younger children, see Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui’s incredible range of kids activities – they won’t want to join you!)

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email at least 1 day in advance (with a minimum of 2 guests) // hotel website

• When: 12:30pm every Tuesday and Friday (except on special event dates)

• Where: On the shady terrace of Chef Chom’s Thai Restaurant – fan-cooled

WHAT’S COOKING? Learn to cook 5 dishes including an appetiser, curry, soup, main dish and Thai dessert. Recipe for thai red chicken curry with curry paste Menu differs by day (Tuesdays include Pad Thai and Fridays include red curry). Recipes using thai red curry paste Ingredients can be adjusted to meet dietary requirements but the menu can’t be altered. Red curry paste recipe thai For private classes, special requests can be considered (further ingredient costs may be incurred). Before class, tour this eco resort’s organic produce farm and spice garden (no extra charge, approximately 1 hour, on request). Thai red curry sauce recipe easy Invite a friend to join you for lunch after class in Chef Chom’s Thai restaurant (no extra charge) to “eat the results”.

GROUP SIZE: A maximum of 6 people per class. Thai red curry paste recipe chicken Private classes are available depending on Chef’s availability and requires a minimum of 2 people.

CHILDREN: Children 12 and under are welcome to observe but, for safety reasons, can’t participate (seen the cleavers involved in Thai cooking!?). Creamy curry pasta sauce recipe Children 13+ are very welcome with an accompanying adult. Creamy coconut curry sauce recipe As at Six Senses, Tongsai Bay has brilliant babysitters – perhaps you can time a cooking class to a younger child’s nap-time?

TAKE HOME: A special recipe cook booklet, photographs and certificate of achievement signed by Chef Robert.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email as early as possible please // hotel website

• Price per person: THB 2,500 (inclusive of tax and service) // USD approx. Easy thai green curry recipe with paste $75

• Where: The Edge restaurant – indoors and fully air-conditioned. Thai curry paste recipe red By request, private classes can also be held at Saffron restaurant or, for large groups, a demonstration class on the outside terrace.

WHAT’S COOKING? Local dishes include a Thai salad, soup and green curry. Buffalo wild wings thai curry sauce copycat recipe For a specific dish, please make a special request when booking. In addition to the cooking class, you can add a guided market trip to the lesson (THB 500 // 2 hours)

GROUP SIZE: Classes are ideally for 5 people or fewer, larger than that and cooking stations will be shared. Hot curry paste recipe Private classes are also available.

CHILDREN: Children ages 5 and older are welcome, however they’re invited to take a kids’ baking or pastry class more suited to their age level. Thai kitchen red curry paste chicken recipe Chef voices concern about hot pots and knives around small children – this might be a very polite Thai way of saying “ please don’t bring 5-year-olds into my steaming, burning, fiery kitchen – let’s put them in front of some nice, safe pizza dough” (see more kids’ activities at Banyan Tree Samui).

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email as early as possible please // hotel website

The second part of our top Koh Samui cooking class recommendations. Thai red curry paste recipe sanjeev kapoor Start with part 1. Thai red curry paste recipe bbc Six Senses Samui, near Choeng Mon

• Where: Dining on the Hill restaurant – open air (fan-cooled in very hot weather)

WHAT’S COOKING? Choose any 3 dishes from a menu of salad, soup, stir-fry, curry and dessert options (24 options total). Easy thai red curry paste recipe For a specific dish, please make a special request when booking. Receive an introduction to your ingredients, a chef’s demonstration, then on to the cooking lesson. Thai red curry paste recipe authentic Guests are welcome to tour the hotel’s mushroom hut (!) and, following renovations in May and June, the hotel garden. Thai red curry paste recipe vegetarian The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards.

GROUP SIZE: Private classes only – up to 10 people per class (if cooking the same menu), otherwise a maximum of 6 people per class.

CHILDREN: Yes! Children ages 4 and up can join in – their participation depends on the menu and parents’ preferences (whether they’re allowed to use knives at home, what they’re familiar with in terms of helping…). Thai green curry paste recipe // See more on Six Senses Samui as a family-friendly resort.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email at least 3 days in advance (especially if you have special menu requests) // hotel website Spice Spoons – Anantara Bophut, Bophut

• When: 11:30 am daily or 9:00 am market tour (except on special event dates)

• Where: Spice Spoons show kitchen (fan-cooled in very hot weather)

• Approximately 2.5 hours + lunch to follow (4.5 hours for market tour)

WHAT’S COOKING? Classes cover 3 dishes of your choosing (from a choice of 16 dishes). Thai green curry paste recipe nigel slater Various packages are available, with the option to add more recipes (extra cost per dish). Thai green curry paste recipes using Special dishes not on the menu must be requested in advance and depends on the chef’s availability. Thai green curry paste recipe authentic The ‘standard’ cooking class includes a tour of the hotel garden. Thai green curry paste recipe vegetarian In addition, you can choose to add a, guided market tour (add THB 900++) and fruit/vegetable carving class in the lily pond garden (add THB 200++). Thai green curry paste recipe sanjeev kapoor The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards.

GROUP SIZE: Between 2-12 people. Thai green curry paste recipe jamie oliver As best as is possible, classes are arranged to be private to give you chance to customise your own menu.

CHILDREN: Children 12 and older are welcome (providing they are tall enough to use the equipment). Thai green curry paste recipe chicken // See more on Anantara Bophut as a family-friendly resort.

TAKE HOME: A Spice Spoons shopping bag containing a certificate, apron, chopping board and box of recipe cards.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email to the concierge at least 24 hours in advance // hotel website AKARYN Resort and Spa, near Choeng Mon

WHAT’S COOKING? 3 dishes per class. Authentic thai chicken curry recipe coconut milk For a specific dish not on the menu, please make a special request when booking.

GROUP SIZE: 2 people per class is ideal (it’s a small show kitchen) but up to 4 people maximum if your group requires. Thai chicken curry recipe coconut milk potatoes As such, classes are private by default.

CHILDREN: Children 12 and up are very welcome (see AKARYN’s family-friendly perks).

TAKE HOME: All the recipes you learned, 5-10 shots of photos taken during class (on a DVD) and a certificate.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email at least 12 hours in advance (although earlier is recommended as it’s a small class size and reserves first-come-first-served) // hotel website Belmond Napasai, Maenam

• Where: Outside, in Napasai’s shaded Secret Garden (fans set up on request)

WHAT’S COOKING? 3 dishes, a starter, soup and main course, chosen from a menu of 25 options. Thai yellow curry paste recipe vegetarian For a specific dish not on the menu, please make a special request when booking. Red thai curry paste recipe bbc In addition to the cooking class, guests have an introduction to Thai herbs and spices, with a chef-led garden tour around the Secret Garden area. Tesco red thai curry paste recipe The food you cook is served as lunch afterwards.

GROUP SIZE: 5-6 people per class. Red thai curry paste recipe sanjeev kapoor Bigger groups can be divided and have their class at the same time. Private classes are also available.

CHILDREN: Young children can take a Pastry Chef class in the bakery. Thai green curry paste recipe gordon ramsay Older children are welcome to join in Thai cooking classes. Thai green curry paste recipe easy (Get to know Belmond Napasai’s totally family-friendly ethos).

TAKE HOME: A certificate, an apron and “a lot of positive emotions about [your] new experience”.

HOW TO BOOK? By phone or email at least 1 day in advance // hotel website

* Love food? Don’t come to Thailand without a copy of Thailand’s Best Street Food – ideal for visiting Bangkok and Chiang Mai with an appetite!

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