Believe it or not, cooking classes in Luang Prabang are quite popular not just among its very locals but also with foreigners and first-time visitors. In fact, some visit Luang Prabang just to sign up for a cooking class. And if you love cooking, yourself, why not join in the fun and discover Luang Prabang’s culture along with its cuisines?
Although some of the bigger hotels and guesthouses offer cooking classes in their premises, there are only three big cooking schools in Luang Prabang offering first-rate classes. These schools are actually restaurants offering cooking instructions from some of their best chefs. Signing up for one of these schools means not just eating the house specialties of their restaurants but also learning how to cook the dishes yourself.
1. The Tamnak Lao Restaurant and Cooking School
The Tamnak Lao Cooking School of Tamnak Lao Restuarnat offers day cooking lessons and evening cooking classes. The school is situated on Sissavong Road across the Villa Santi Hotel just around the side of the Tamnak Lao Restaurant. They offer cooking classes on traditional Lao dishes, Vegan and Vegetarian dishes, as well as dishes suitable for diabetics.
Class Schedules: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
2. The Tamarind Cooking School
Considered to be one of the best restaurants offering cooking classes in Luang Prabang, the Tamarind cooking classes often fill fast because of their famous chefs. They offer instruction on cooking classic Lao dishes with fresh and local ingredients. The classes include trips to the market and tips on choosing the right ingredients for the dishes right off the busy markets of Lao.
Class Schedule: 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
3. The Tum Tum Cheng Cookery School
The Tum Tum Cheng Cookery School is located along the main road. It offers half-day lessons on cooking Lao dishes with a hands-on approach. When you sign up, you’ll also get a recipe book and a memorable experience of shopping in Luang Prabang’s wet market.
WHY SIGN UP FOR A COOKING CLASS IN LUANG PRABANG
Learning how to cook Lao cuisines doesn’t just mean learning how to whip up some foreign dish from a far-away exotic land. It also means learning the customs and traditions behind their foods and truly learning Lao culture by heart.
In Luang Prabang, you’ll learn how to cook the Lao way. That is, always using fresh ingredients in your cooking. You’ll discover herbs and spices you’ve never heard before. The medicinal benefit and uses of these herbs and spices will also be tackled and your imagination on what other dishes you could use these plants will naturally be challenged. So that even if you’re a novice cook, or you’ve attended several cooking classes already, you’ll find that cooking classes in Luang Prabang are unique and truly valuable. Indeed, at the end of your class, you’ll definitely be able to cook authentic Lao dishes. But even if you can’t, you’d still be able to use what you’ve learned and make dishes with a whiff of Lao back home. Now doesn’t that sound delicious?