Thursday, 26 January 2017

Learning To Cook Thai At Thaikhun Cooking School

I really love Thai food, however whenever I have tried to create my own Thai dishes at home it has been a bit of a disaster, shop brought jars just don't taste the same. So when I was recently invited along to Thaikhun in the Metrocentre to take part in their new cookery school I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn how to cook Thai food myself. Classes are held in Thaikhun restaurants around the country and cost £50 per person, during the class you will learn to make an authentic Thai starter and a main dish which you get to enjoy in the restaurant once cooked. You also get a welcome drink and a goody bag to take home in with the price and classes run for around 2 hours, although the class I attended did run over by around an hour as it was the first class they had hosted.

Thaikhun Cooking School Metrocentre Review

We have visited Thaikhun before and we love the decor, friendly staff and delicious food so we were looking forward to attending the class. I took my other half along with me as grandma was on babysitting duty and I think attending something like this would be a great date night idea, it certainly made a nice change from a meal out or a trip to the cinema. We arrived at the restaurant at 6.30pm and were greeted with a drink from the bar and introduced to chef Sal who would be teaching us how to cook. 

Sal was brilliant she had us all laughing and was really friendly and patient with us all explaining everything in detail and where to buy the best ingredients from. First up we made chicken spring rolls stuffed with minced chicken, noodles and vegetables, Sal cooked the fillings for us and we were set to work creating the spring rolls ourselves.

Spring roll filling at Thaikhun Cooking School

I was not looking forward to this as I can't even make a wrap without all the filling falling out, however we were showing the tricks how to make the perfect spring roll and when you know how it is actually really easy. I made three spring rolls which were boxed up ready for me to take home whilst we enjoyed some already cooked by the chefs, served with some sweet chilli dipping sauce they tasted amazing.

Thai chicken Spring rolls and sweet chilli sauce at Thaikhun

Whilst we enjoyed the starters the cooking area, (which was a separate area in the restaurant away from the kitchen and other customers) was set up ready for us to create our own Thai green curry. In pairs we were giving all the ingredients we would need to create the green curry paste, such as coriander roots, garlic and green chillis to name just a few. One of us was giving the task of chopping the ingredients whilst the other was giving the job of mixing them in a pestle and mortar.

Thaikhun cooking school ingredients

Making a Thai green curry paste at Thaikhun cooking school

 Obviously as the restaurant was open to the public you don't cook in the kitchens and instead, they have little camping type rings on the tables for you to use to cook your curry in. Once we had cooked the curries we were able to enjoy them with a side of rice and they tasted so good, although probably a tad too spicy for me.

Thai green curry and rice at Thaikhun cooking school metrocentre

After enjoying our meals it was time to say goodbye where we were each giving a goody bag and any leftover foods we had made to take home. Best of all we had no washing or clearing up to do either as the staff cleared everything away whilst we were eating. Overall we did have a good night, everyone in the group was laughing and chatting away and it was a nice way to spend an evening, trying something new. If you are looking for something different to do on date night or with friends then these classes are brilliant. It was nice to learn how to cook something new and we will be recreating the dishes at home as they tasted great and were fun to make. Thaikhun Cookery school gets a big thumbs up from us and I will certainly be revisiting for a meal again soon. 

Disclosure - We were invited along to this session free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own. 






28 comments:

  1. I wish I could have made it along to come chat with you. Sounds fun.

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    1. It really was a lovely evening, a great laugh too xx

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  2. Wow!This is a good news.But omg, despite your troubles, your dishes still looks fanfreakingtastic.

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    1. They were really tasty, such a nice experience too xx

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  3. YUM! We love Thai food so much and it looks like you made some utterly delish dishes.

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  4. I would love to do this. I enjoy cooking and this would be so much fun. I'm impressed you made your own spring rolls!

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    1. It is so much fun, nice to try creating something new too. I was dreading making the spring rolls but they are super easy when you know how xx

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  5. I love Thaikun! We have one locally and the food is amazing. This looks like so much fun, I would love to go!

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    1. It is such a great place to dine with kids too, we love it xx

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  6. that must be difficult to make! hahah but the final result looks awesome and it's a great plan! x

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  7. I would love to learn how to cook something new. Sounds like fun.

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  8. oh wau .. I have never tried thai food but would love to try some . These schools are great for people who like cooking

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  9. This sounds like such fun and a great idea for my hubbie who can't cook :)

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    1. It really was such fun, great for people who can't cook too as my partner enjoyed it xx

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  10. Sounds like a really fun time. I'd love to learn all about Asian cooking - the balance of flavours is really important and always scares me when I try it myself. PS - you spring rolls look AMAZING! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you, the spring rolls were actually easy to make when you know how xx

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  11. OMG this all looks amazng and well don you its all came out really well. xx

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  12. This looks like such fun - I love Chinese food but not confident to cook it myself

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  13. We love Thaikun, and I would really like to do something like this. It would definitely inspire me to cook more Thai food at home I think

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    1. We are huge Thaikhun fans too, great for a family meal. The classes are brilliant xx

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  14. This looks like a great. I would love to learn to cook Thai food, especially pancake rolls, yummy!! :)

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    1. It was a great evening, highly recommend xx

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