Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang

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.

Contact info:

Tamarind: A Taste of Laos.  Ban Wat Nong, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.

Phone # 020 777 0484


3 responses to “Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang

  1. so yum. Oh my goodness. I love reading your blog. THat looks so good. I really like Lao food. There was this excellent lao restaurant in toronto that I went twice and it was run by a mother/daughter and the ingredients they mixed together was so fascinating and awesome!!!

  2. Beautiful pictures! I love the colors and I want to go to cooking school too! yum!

  3. mmm yummy i want to make the ooa si khai i dont know how to make it

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