A couple of weeks ago, we went to Luang Prabang with my mom and brother who were visiting. While we were there, James decided to attend a cooking school. The rest of us went to visit the old royal palace, but got to hear all about the cooking school later. There are at least 3 cooking school in Luang Prabang, but James chose “Tamarind” because it seemed like it would be the most hands-on. He had a great time and learned how to cook some of our favorite Lao foods. For $20 he got a class that went from 9am to 3pm. It was taught by a Lao man with good English who was careful to teach techniques rather than just showing off his own skills! By the way, Tamarind cooking school was mentioned on the NPR show “The Splendid Table”. Above you can see some of the ingredients they used.
Water Buffalo Koy (like laap) on the left, served in a banana flower petal
Mok Pa on the right – chopped and seasoned fish, steamed in a banana leaf:
Ooa Si Khai – ground seasoned chicken, stuffed into lemongrass stalks and deep fried:
James also learned how to make sticky rice, spicy eggplant dip, and a Lao stew.
Tamarind: A Taste of Laos. Ban Wat Nong, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.
Phone # 020 777 0484