A Thai Cooking Class is not just about food
For many, a Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand is a checklist item when they are on holiday here. After all, Thailand is famous for its food and by taking a cooking class you can learn a new skill to impress your friends with when you go home. Plus you get to enjoy a great Thai meal cooked by yourself!
However, what you can learn during a Thai Cooking Class extends beyond just how to make the food. Food is a critical part of the Thai culture and therefore by studying and understanding the cuisine you also get to know a lot more about Thai culture and habits. Given, that during a cooking class you also get to spend some quality time with a local instructor, it is a great cultural exchange opportunity and the topic of the food itself is our favorite way to connect. In fact, this concept is not limited to a Thai cooking class but relates to food-related experiences across the globe and is why food tourism is one of the fastest-growing tourism categories.
Here are a few cultural related things that you may pick up on during your cooking class with us:
Local eating and cooking habits
A cooking class gives an opportunity to talk about food in a wider context and this is a very big and topic that could go on for weeks! For example, when to use chopsticks vs when to use a spoon and form. Or maybe you will discover more about the condiments you find with your food.
You would think that a Thai cooking instructor cooks their own food every day. However, when talking to your teacher you may pick up on a typical Bangkokian’s attitude to cooking vs the convenience of buying food on the street to take home! Yes, often convenience wins.
How to speak a little Thai
No Thai cooking class is complete without learning a little Thai. For example, learning the Thai names for food can help understand it a little more. Did you know that green curry in Thai is known as “Gaeng Kiaw Waan”? “Gaeng” means “curry”, “Kiaw” means “green”, and “Waan” means “sweet”. Hence knowing the Thai tells you that it actually should be a little sweet! The dish “Miang Khum” means “Single bite”, and hence tells you it is to be eaten in a single bite.
The Flower Market is not just about flowers, fruit, and vegetables
Our cooking school and workshop spaces are located within the flower market and the main use of the flowers sold in the market is for offerings. Offerings to Buddha or the temple. Offerings to teachers or as part of a wedding ceremony. Offerings to the spirits of the deceased….. Whilst on a market tour during a cooking class you will learn a lot more about Thai culture than just about the food you are cooking.
At the end of the day, we hope that a cooking class feels like quality time spent with a local friend who not only shares their passion for Thai food and insight into Thai cooking but also opens up to share insights into Thai culture, trends, and way of life. This is an opportunity for cultural exchange with the added benefit of learning a new skill!