Pantawan Cooking (Chiang Mai) Review
What is the one type of food that seems so simple when you go out to eat it, but when you try to make it at home it just doesn’t taste the same? Thai food!
So what better thing to do than take a half-day cooking class while we were in Thailand to find out their secrets. There are countless cooking classes to chose from, but we chose Pantawan Cooking (https://www.pantawancooking.com) because of the high reviews and what appeared to be a special experience due to the setting.
Mae Hia Fresh Market
Our class began with transportation pick-up from our Airbnb just outside the Old City of Chiang Mai. After picking up another couple, we proceeded to Mae Hia Fresh Market which is southwest and very close to the cooking school. We had previously gone to multiple markets around Chiang Mai, but this market seemed a bit more local and less touristy. And it had the best Chiang Mai sausage we had tasted so far during our visit!
Yam, our market guide and cooking instructor, gave us a tour of the market and showed us the ingredients we would be using for our dishes we would be cooking soon.
What a Setting!
After only a few minutes drive from the market, we were at the Pantawan Cooking property. It was just like the pictures we saw online. A beautiful open-air space with one main cooking area for instruction, along with several cooking areas for each of us to practice our new skills.
Excellent Instruction: Demo First, Then You
After a complimentary cold drink, it was time for instruction. Basically how it worked was Yam would demonstrate how to cook a dish, then we would go to our own cooking stations and prepare it ourselves. It was a fantastic way of doing it because you had plenty of time to ask questions and really watch what Yam was doing first, verses other classes out there where you are cooking at the same time. Yam was very enthusiastic, a great cook and instructor, and her English was excellent.
Our Menu – Royal Cuisine
Our menu for the day was Panang Moo (panang curry with pork), Tung Tong (deep fried spiced wonton also known as “Golden Bags”), Kung Pad Hed Hom (stir fried prawn with shitake mushroom and oyster sauce), and Pla Rad Prig (ruby fish with sweet and spicy chili sauce). These dishes are known as royal cuisine.
So how did we do?
Pretty good considering we didn’t burn anything, singe our eyebrows and our dishes ended up tasting pretty much the same as Yam’s.
Our favorite between all of us was the Panang Moo, but every dish was extremely good. We were all stuffed after eating all of our creations.
We made a great choice going with Pantawan Cooking for our Thai cooking class. Yam was excellent, the facility was perfect and the entire experience was of high quality. At the end we all received a certificate of completion along with printouts of the recipes we cooked that day. We have a much better knowledge of Thai cooking and are definitely going to be cooking these dishes again and again and again.
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