A little while ago we visited Thaikhun in Nottingham, to experience one of their new Thai cooking classes. We reviewed a meal at Thaikhun last year, and really enjoyed the food and the whole restaurant which is very cool, so I was really looking forward to going back.
There were around ten of us stood around a big table downstairs and out the way of the restaurant. We all donned our super cool paper chef hats and our plastic gloves and aprons and the lovely chef talked us through what we would be doing and cooking that day.
The cooking class is on once a month, on the second Sunday of each month (in Nottingham – other restaurants vary) from 11am-1pm. Each month there are different two course meals, (you can have a look at the choices here) so you can choose to go on a day when the food really appeals to you.
We made Fresh Prawn Rolls and then Massaman Curry which is my favourite! It was so much fun making the two courses. The staff and other people on the course were all so lovely, and it was such good fun. I loved using all of the really fresh and tasty ingredients and making proper thai food.
The Fresh Prawn Rolls were the more complicated of the two to make, as there were quite a few small parts to it, but it was all simple to do still and I’d love to make them at home. They taste so incredibly fresh, and whilst the actual roll doesn’t have a ton of flavour, you serve them with a fish sauce and a thai sweet chilli dipping sauce with peanuts. The rolls absorb some of the liquid and take on the flavour whilst retaining the freshness. I love them, and had to put tons of Coriander in mine as I love it so much and tastes amazing in these.
One of the things I loved about this Thai Cooking class was that you get to enjoy the food you have made once you have created your masterpiece. So after making the Fresh Prawn Rolls, we all had a break from cooking, and were seated at a table together – they sit people separately with whoever they came with, so you get to enjoy a lovely meal together as part of the experience. You also get a drink included with the price you pay – one with each course, and so you can sit and enjoy your starter, and later your main with a nice glass of wine. We felt like we had plenty of time to enjoy our starters and relax with a drink before making our next course, which was great.
Next up was a Massaman Curry, which is so ridiculously simple even I can make it (and I have done a few times before at home!). It’s my favourite thai curry – it has so much flavour without being really spicy like a red or green curry, usually has big chunks of beef or chicken as well as potatoes, which I love, and the peanuts really give it something extra and I just flipping love it.
A cooking class at a Thaikhun restaurant costs £50 and with that you get to cook and eat a two course meal, a drink with each course, as well as a goody bag to take home – I think it’s pretty reasonable for a special occasion or for a fun experience with friends.
We both really enjoyed the whole experience, and I’d love to do it again and learn to make something else. It would be brilliant to go with a load of friends one weekend and learn to cook thai together. The staff were brilliant and lovely, and the food was great (if I do say so myself!).
We were invited to Thaikhun Nottingham to experience their cooking class, but all thoughts and words are my own.