Thai Cooking Classes in Guildford – Thaikhun

Every time we have headed to Asia, we have always gone with the intentions of attending a cooking class, Asian food is my favourite and DJ is a Chef after all, but for one reason or another it has never happened, so I was very pleased when an email popped into my inbox inviting us along to the new Thaikhun classes. I have mentioned my love for Thaikhun on here before, a relatively new chain around the UK serving authentic Thai dishes at a great cost and with incredible restaurant decor, so naturally I was excited by the prospect of this launch.

Guided by the Thaikhun’s expect Thai chefs you learn the art of creating authentic dishes, dishes change each month but for our class, we were taught has to prepare vegetable spring rolls and Green Curry from scratch. After sipping on cocktails and meeting the rest of our classmates we first observed the Chef preparing the dishes, our Chef at the Guildford school was not only informative but also great fun, making the class light hearted and extremely enjoyable.

We were taught all about the staple Thai flavours and most importantly how they can also be recreated at home so that our new skills could be used after the class. After watching Chef create the spring rolls we were all set to our stations to make our own, with staff being on hand at all times to ensure we were following correctly. Despite not being a natural in the kitchen (and with a lot of input from DJ) we created a large portion of crispy and full flavoured spring rolls which we then sat down to eat alongside a serving of prawn crackers.


After this, we then got down to finding out how to create the perfect Green Curry, as a big fan of this dish and of spice I was so glad this was one the menu. However, for those who are not a great fan of spices, you were shown how to create a more mild version as well. For myself, they also provided Tofu instead of chicken, a lot of effort has been put to ensure these classes will cater for all if requests are made.
I was surprised at how simple the dish, including the sauce, was to make from scratch and how little time it took at all. Something that so easily could be recreated at home without the use of sauces from a jar. The dish also used ingredients that are readily available from local supermarkets, meaning there is no excuse for me to not use my new food skills in the future.

Our Green curry tasted great alongside rice and cocktails, and it was great to discuss our dishes with the other attendees, making it also a very sociable event.  In total the evening lasted around three hours and finished with a goody bag filled with a some of the ingredients we used that evening, a beer, a few vouchers and most importantly the recipes – I found this a really nice touch to finish the evening.

Verdict – I loved the class, I am a massive fan of the Thaikhun brand anyway, along with East Street, they are the best Asian food I have found in the UK, so I am so pleased they have launched these classes. The fun social element of the class means it great for pairs or solo attendees and the easy to follow and support from the Chef ensures they are skills that you will take into your cooking at home.  I am looking forward to seeing what future classes cook, a Pad Thai would be fantastic!

How much does it cost and what is included? 

Cooking school is £50 and includes a welcome drink and introduction to Thai ingredients.  Followed by a demonstration and practical hands on session learning to cook a main and a starter  All equipment and aprons are provided and there is a goody bag to take home.

How often does Cooking School run? 

Thaikhun Guildford
11-1pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.  (launches Feb 2017)
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Thaikhun Oxford 

11-1pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.

Thaikhun Manchester
11-1pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.

Thaikhun Nottingham
11-1pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.

Thaikhun Cambridge
12-2pm, 1st Saturday of the month

Thaikhun Aberdeen

2-4:30pm, Sunday – Thursday
7-9:30pm Sunday evenings.

Thaikhun Metrocentre
10:30-12:30pm, 4th Sunday of the month

 

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4 Comments

  1. February 9, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I love thai food and these classes look so much fun!

    • February 11, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Really recommend them if you are looking for a class in the UK!

  2. February 10, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Hmmmmm, all this food looks so delicious.
    I love Thai food (although not as much as Vietnamese food, nom nom nom) but I think there is something lovely about how all the food from that part of the world looks and is presented, don’t you think? The spring rolls, all the little suace dishes and even their take-out boxes are adorable.
    Also loving the feel and vibe of this place – it looks so authentic.
    Great post!
    x tink jayne x
    allabouttink.co.uk

    • February 11, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      it is honestly such a great place, it is a Thai family who own the chain so it is really authentic! Agree with the Vietnamese because Pho! But I love the mnany thai curries!

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