Not sure if you feel the same, but I find attending cooking classes while overseas a very enriching experience.
As food and culture often go hand in hand together, I always feel that I learn more about a place’s culture and history through food. Knowing the origins of a dish or ingredient often makes me realized how important food is to our life, supporting not only our well-being and survival, but also our culture and traditions.
During this trip, my travel mates and I had arranged for a cooking class at Pum’s Kitchen – where we learned how to make various famous local dishes such as Phad Thai, Thai Green curry and Cashew nut chicken etc.
Located near the giant shopping complex Jungceylon on Rat-U-Thit Rd, Patong, Pum’s Cooking School can be easily spotted from across the street. Operating as a bar and restaurant at the same time, the teaching kitchen and classroom is situated at the back of the building with a view of a small garden.
The class is small, with only 6 students including us. Thus, it feels more like a discussion than a class. The owner, Pum, was the one who conducted our class.
We started off by selecting three dishes that we wish to learn from a recipe book. After indicating our interest, the class began with a short theory class on the ingredients used in Thai cooking and the history of Thai cuisine.
After an interesting and informative theory class, we quickly proceed to the kitchen for the practical part of the lesson. It’s cooking time!
During our class, we told that the different regions of Thailand produces a different version of Phad Thai. In Bangkok, being the richest city, the Phad Thai is usually generous with expensive ingredients like as seafood, meat, tofu, mixed vegetables etc.
In the poorer regions of Thailand, the Phad Thai dish is less lavish, often with just egg, noodles, vegetables and occasionally meat. The Phad Thai dish we were taught here was simple and really easy to replicate 🙂
After cooking, we get to taste our own dishes and share with the rest of the class. It was fun and we enjoyed trying out what others had made. We were also allowed to keep the recipe booklet so that we can continue to make what we had learned here 🙂
Pum Thai Restaurant & Cooking School is located at :
32 Rat Uthit 200 Pi 2 Alley, Kathu, Patong, Phuket, Phuket 83150, Thailand. Tel: +66 76 346 269.