Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui, InterContinental Resort

Monica Tindall

There’s nothing like Thai food to get my tummy rumbling. Mango sticky rice, tom yum, green curry, young papaya salad, pad Thai; aren’t they all just scrumptious? The best I’ve done, however, to replicate them at home is to buy a pre-packed curry paste and toss in whatever other ingredients I have on hand. Not today. Today we get to learn the basics from scratch with our own personal guide, Chef Tao, in a Thai cooking class in Koh Samui at the InterContinental Samui Baan Talin Ngam Resort.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui

Chef Tao meets us in the lobby with a warm smile and friendly greeting. Before our session begins he asks if we have any allergies or food preferences. My proclivities are towards light and healthy dishes. Hubby shoots off a long list of things that he does and doesn’t eat along with reasons why (and why not). We move to our transport as he continues. Chef is going to have to have some skill to navigate this one.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Van to Koh Samui Market with Chef Tao
Koh Samui Market Visit

About a 10-minute drive away in the InterContinental’s van is a local market. Markets can be fun to visit but going with a Thai chef is much more enjoyable. He knows which stalls are organic, all the neighbourhood farmers and suppliers, and from which stall to get the best pad thai and green curry.

Chef Tao shows us what’s local, what comes from other parts of Thailand and which produce is imported from overseas. Local greens, coconuts and fish from the surrounding waters are in abundance. Chef explains the subtleties between various strains of basil and eggplants, the best herbs to use for soup, and what to look for when purchasing seafood. We purchase what we need and head back to the hotel.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Koh Samui Market
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Tiger Prawn
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Fresh Market, Koh Samui
A Short Coffee Break

We have time for a coffee before the cooking actually starts as we don’t really have to do any of the dirty work. Chef heads off to the kitchen where he washes and sets up our cooking station while we enjoy a caffeine hit with a sea view.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Coffee Break in the Lobby
Getting to Work

Caffeinated, we join him and are gifted stylish red and black aprons with black apprentice chef caps. We learn how to make Fresh Spring Rolls, Pad Thai and Steamed Sea Bass. Chef walks us step-by-step through each recipe teaching us chopping and cooking techniques along the way.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Cooking Station
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Chef Tao
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Preparing the Fish
Some Cool Cooking Tricks

The coolest thing we learn is how to make an egg net, which is used as an edible adornment to wrap the pad Thai. Basically, you whisk an egg with a fork and then drizzle it to form a net across a non-stick pan over medium heat. Upon cooking, you lift it with a spatula and place it in a bowl, put the noodles (rice or whatever else you’re serving) on top of the egg net, and lastly, wrap the edges over the top and upturn the bowl on the plate. Awesome!

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Making the Egg Net
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Egg Net
Enjoy the Results

After the class, we enjoy our meal with a glass of Pascal Jouvilet sauvignon blanc, which is a lovely light accompaniment to our light and healthy Thai lunch.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
A Glass of Wine with Lunch
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Fresh Spring Rolls
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Pad Thai
Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
Thai Steamed Sea Bass

Reasons to participate: a guided look inside a local market, cooking made easy with prep and washing up all done for you.

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui
InterContinental Samui Baan Talin Ngam Resort
295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach
Surat Thani
Koh Samui 84140
+66 77 429100


  1. Delicious food.

  2. Visit to the local market and special demonstration of a chef. What could one ask for? A nice way to get to learn Thai cuisine.

  3. I would love to watch the cooking class. I so love Thai! All the exotic herbs and leaves, so very fragrant.

  4. It must be extra special to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour….hihihi! ^o^ I think the best part of the cooking class is to be able to go to the market (with chef in hand) to pick the freshest produce 🙂

  5. Sounds amazing … going to market with chef and cook such a fresh meal

  6. That’s wonderful! A vacation with a cooking class thrown in. And you get to go marketing too!

  7. Participated in something similar while at Datai, great experience! Also that steamed sea bass dish looks inviting!

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