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Fantastic cooking class!

My wife and I are just back from our trip to Koh Samui. She found Um via TripAdvisor and booked up... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2020
993tomt
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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What a great day with a wonderful cook !

We were on a cruise in SE Asia and for a day in Ko Samui . I had contacted before hand Um from... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2020
Anthony F
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 26 April 2019 via mobile

My girlfriend and I took part in the afternoon class along with one other person. We chose from 2 dishes for each of the 5 courses. Um who runs the course was very friendly and informative explaining what to do, when to do it and why it is done in this way. We would then eat everything we had made throughout the 3 hours (don’t eat too much before you come because you will not go hungry) all the dishes tasted great and very authentic. We were told what could be substituted if the specific ingredients weren’t easy to find when home. We were also given a recipe book which included all the dishes we had cooked along with the other options to try ourselves when we got home. Um had picked us up on time and dropped us back at our hotel after the class. I can not recommend this class enough. Worth every penny we paid for it! Great view from open kitchen and a lovely family atmosphere.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 24 April 2019 via mobile

I just came across this cooking school on TripAdvisor and it was amazing. Um who runs the school is fantastic. She was very easy to deal with and spoke great English. She picked us up from our resort and took us back to her cooking school kitchen in Lamai Beach. We made Spring Rolls, Prawn Pad Thai, Penang Curry, Tom Yum Goong & Mango sticky rice pudding which we got to pick ourselves (photos of all food below). The food we made was better than a restaurant, it was so tasty with so many amazing beautiful flavours. Um gave us a recipe book with many other recipes to take back to Australia with us. We weren’t rushed and she took the time to explain all the ingredients and flavours going into each meal. She dropped us home and I learnt more about the Thai culture from 30mins in the car with her than I will in the 2 weeks I am in Thailand. This is a true hidden gem and you will not be disappointed! It’s a must do.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 10 April 2019 via mobile

We joined the afternoon Thai cooking school session, with a family of three, also from the UK at Um's school in Lamai.

Overlooking the Grand Mother and Grand Father rocks, in her undercover, outdoor kitchen. We were asked to choose 5 dishes from a selection of 10. One starter, soup, noodle dish, a curry and a dessert. Happily, we all 4 agreed instantly on what we liked the best - Spring Rool, Pad Thai, Tom Yam Soup, Green Curry and Bananas in Coconut milk. My was able to flex the recipes to accommodate a prawn allergy, suffered by my wife, with chicken. So all good.

After we had chopped, sliced, diced, crushed and prepped all the ingredients for the 4 main dishes, we started the cooking. Working as couples, we learned the family style (the right way, we think) of producing excellent food, a course at a time. As each course was cooked, we ate it. Hot, fresh and completely and clearly explained by the very knowledgeable Um. Her assistant in the kitchen dealt with the clearing up and washing up! - thank you.

Um answered any and questions, and at no point did we feel rushed or involved in conveyer belt process.

The food was delicate and although we have cooked Thai food at home, our experience with Um, showed how little we actually knew about this style of food. Spicing, fierce when appropriate, and subtle the rest of the time, was a revelation. As was how less (ingredients) is actually, more.

Thanks you to Um, her assistant, even the delightful kids - Mai and his younger twin sisters. We had a great afternoon. Thank you.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 10 April 2019 via mobile

I went to a morning cooking session with my two children aged 11 and 12. It was absolutely fantastic. Um collected us on time from our hotel and drove us to her school which is an outdoor, undercover, fully equipped kitchen with water views that was lovingly built by her uncle. She explains everything in a clear and organised fashion so you leave feeling confident in replicating the dishes yourself. You also leave with a recipe book of what you've cooked plus many more dishes to try and all the ingredients are thoroughly explained as your chopping, crushing, and folding different ingredients. The food you create is outstanding and you leave very full. My advice is definitely be hungry when you go. If it's a morning session, skip breakfast! The classes are intimate and she has the time.to pay attention to what you're doing. She incorporated the kids well into the process and wasn't at all put off by their ages. I would highly recommend this as your cooking school of choice in Lamai.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 7 April 2019 via mobile

Highly reccomend visiting Um and her cooking school. She was a fantastic teacher, the food was amazing and the location a beautiful backdrop! Plus you get a cookbook full of wonderful dishes that we did not even prepare today. Excited to take what I learned and make it at home.

Date of experience: April 2019
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