Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Cooking Mango Sticky Rice

Photo Essay: Cooking Thai Food with Mama Noi

After two weeks of being in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we finally decided it was time to throw on an apron and learn the secrets behind the delicious Thai food we have been stuffing our face with.

Fortunately, finding a cooking class in Chiang Mai is not hard at all. In fact there are hundreds of cooking schools out there. The hardest part is actually choosing the right one!

After looking at different schools and reading hundreds of reviews we decided to go with Mama Noi Thai Cookery School and luckily for us we were not disappointed.

Read on to see how we became Thai master chefs in a matter of hours :D

P.S. Do not go past this point on an empty stomach. You have been warned!

Visit to the Local Market

Our day started with a really quick visit to the market to learn about the ingredients we were going to use in our cooking!

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Local Market in Chiang Mai

If it ain’t spicy, it ain’t Thai!

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Dried Chilli at Local Market in Chiang Mai

Tour of the Herb Garden

Learning more about Holy Basil, Lemongrass, Pandan Leaf and co.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Organic Farm Visit

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Chilli Peppers

The secret, but not so secret, ingredient to Thai food. It will have your eyes watering, your nose running, and your butt burning!

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Thai Jazzy

Enjoying Mother Nature!

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Green Garden

Cooking Time

Enough joking around, smelling trees, and playing with the dogs. Time to put on the apron and get cooking…

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Kitchen

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Basic Ingredients for Thai Cooking

Step one, learn how to make spring rolls.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Preparing Fried Spring Rolls

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Lesson in Cooking Thai Food

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Cooking Fried Spring Rolls

Step two, devour them :D.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Fried Spring Rolls (Por-Pia Tod)

But enough with the tease, let’s really get cooking…

Eyebrows. Check. Beard. Check. All good! Moving on.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Stir Frying

And that’s what we came up with …

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts

… Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts (Gai Pad Med Ma Muang)  …

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Stir Fried CHicken with Hote Basil (Pad Kra Proaw)

… and Stir Fried Chicken with Hot Basil (Pad Kra Proaw)!

Break Time

Two meals down, three more to go. But first, let’s take a break with some Iced Thai Tea …

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Thai Tea (Cha-Yen)

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Garden

… and walk off the food in Mama Noi’s beautiful garden.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Yellow Flowers

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Ben & Jazzy

Curry Time

Enough with the selfies, time to go back to work and make some curry paste!

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Ingredients for Massaman Curry (Gang Massaman)

The ingredients for the Massaman Curry Paste (Gang Massaman).

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Ingredients for Massaman Curry (Gang Massaman)

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Chopping Vegetable for Thai Curry

However, making curry paste from scratch ain’t easy …

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Massaman Curry Tasting

… and while Ben is struggling to please the teacher …

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Being stupid

… Jazzy is acting a fool! As always.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Cooking Panang Curry (Gang Panang)

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Chiang Mai Curry Noodles (Khao Soy)

Chiang Mai Curry Noodles (Khao Soy)

Sweet Desserts

The moment we have all been waiting for.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Cooking Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Neow Ma Muang) with natural dye.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Green and Purple Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Neow Ma Muang)

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Cooking Fried Bananas (Kluay Tod)

And Deep Fried Bananas (Kluay Tod) with condensed milk.

Mama Noi Thai Cookery School: Fried Bananas (Kluay Tod)

Full and barely able to move. What a great way to end the day!!

So, Would We Recommend Mama Noi?

Hell yes! We loved our cooking experience! The teachers were super friendly, extremely funny and very knowledge about the dishes. At Mama Noi’s, it was about more than just cooking and getting everything right, it was about having fun, meeting new people, and of course, stuffing your face.

We also loved how accommodating they were with Ben’s gluten allergy. Not once did we feel like they were annoyed with us because they had to accommodate him. They were more than happy to help, which was a super bonus for us.

Gluten Free Tip: If you have celiac or you are on a gluten free diet, bring your own gluten free soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce. All three can be bought at one of the local supermarkets in Chiang Mai (we use the Megachef brand)..

More Information

Courses:

Full Day: 1000 Baht/Person (5 dishes + 2 special dishes + curry paste)
Half Day: 800 Baht/Person (3 dishes + 2 special dishes + curry paste)

What’s included in the price:

  • Pick up/drop off
  • Local market visit
  • Guided tour of the organic farm and herb garden
  • All ingredients
  • Individual cooking station
  • English speaking instructors
  • Photos
  • May take away the food you cook
  • Mama Noi cookbook

What to bring: A starving belly, and a huge appetite :D

Website: Mama Noi Thai Cookery School

Have you taken a cooking class while traveling abroad?

The Author

Ben

Ben is a professional web designer and the man behind the scenes of Road Affair. He has been traveling around the world with his partner in crime, Jazzy, since 2012.

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