One of the must do things for us in Thailand was to take a cooking class. We both love Thai food and were interested in knowing what all of the wonderful spices and veggies were that they used in their dishes. After reading a few blogs we decided to head to a course on Ko Lanta at Time for Lime. This cooking school was started nearly 10 years ago and the proceeds support an animal shelter opened by the owner. They are also very vegetarian friendly and make substitutions for everything on the menu.
Our instructor Mai was great! She was funny and kept everyone on their toes. She has worked at Time for Lime for 7 years and has a true passion for cooking and teaching. We started the night learning about the main spices used in Thai cooking and trying a delicious welcome snack.
We also learned how to tell if something in a dish was to be eaten or not based on how it was cut. Mai also told us about vegetarian friendly options to use instead of fish or oyster sauces which are used in almost all Thai dishes. After our instructions we went down to the kitchen to start cooking.
First up for the night was Red Curry Paste. We all helped to chop individual portions and took turns with the mortar and pestle. While doing this we learned how to tell if someone was a good wife by listening to the speed and force in which someone made their curry paste! After making the paste we took a little break while they set up the kitchen for our first dishes.
Our first two dishes were Limey Coconut Soup w/chicken (or extra veggies for Simone) and Stir-fried Holy Basil w/chili & seafood (or Tofu for Simone). Both dishes where AMAZING! We made each at our own individual workstations and then took a break to eat.
The next 2 dishes were Thai style Fish Cakes w/dip & salad (or sweet potato cakes for Simone) and Chicken Chili & Cashew Nuts (or Tofu). Being vegetarian friendly Simone’s sweet potato cakes were deep-fried first an important thing to a vegetarian! This is also where we learned how to not catch ourselves on fire. The high heat stir-fry was a bit scary! It was then time to eat again. By this time we were all a bit full, but we did our best to clean our plates.
The night was great! We learned so much and felt that the cost of $55 each was well worth it. The price included the welcome snack, 4 dishes, a dessert, a cooking apron and recipes. There are definitely cheaper cooking classes out there, but this one supports a good cause, is vegetarian friendly and lasts 5.5 hours! We would highly recommend Time for Lime Cooking School!