We have done a number of cookery courses during our various visits to Thailand, but the one we completed at the Ao Nang Thai Cookery School last week would be better described as a demonstration, as there was very little practical input. We found several elements disappointing. The advertising leaflet provided a menu of dishes and indicated that students could choose 5 from the list - this was misleading as there were no individual choices. The teacher expected the class to reach agreement as to what dishes to prepare and despite the small numbers this proved awkward. We were shown how to cut up fresh herbs and veg - but rather than cook each dish individually, the fresh ingredients for all 5 dishes were prepped at the same time. The teacher then asked the class if we minded sharing the same wok / pan for cooking - the emphatic response was that we wanted our own. Despite this mine and my husband's ingredients were tipped into the same basket and as a couple, we were provided with only one pan between us and were expected to share. During the cooking process the teacher added all the wet ingredients and spices herself, and there was little for us to do except stir. On courses elsewhere we were shown how to make curry pastes from scratch - on this the teacher simply added a pre-prepared curry paste. We were shown how to make sticky rice and mango as one of the 5 dishes, but we had no opportunity to do it for ourselves - instead the teacher cut up the mango and served it up whilst we were eating, without any involvement from us. The course was scheduled to run between 1- 5pm, however it was finished and we were on our way back to Ao Nang by 3pm.
On the plus side the teacher was pleasant, spoke reasonable English and was clearly knowledgeable, so it is a pity that there isn't a better appreciation of student expectations. I doubt many customers are happy at sharing pans! Overall, the course felt rushed and was overly basic - we left feeling that we hadn't learned very much.
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