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  • The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Class

    Learn Cooking Thai Food in Kata Beach

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    The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Class takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve ever wondered just how to recreate the matchless harmony of flavours, textures, spices, and aromas of Thai cooking this is the place to come to for informative and amusing instruction in a beautiful location. 

    At 10:00 on a bright and sunny Wednesday morning the class is addressed by Executive Chef Brian Burger. He delivers a brief but entertaining discourse on Thai herbs, then Executive Sous-Chef K. Dam steps up and takes the reign of the class with brief lesson in how to prepare steamed pumpkin and coconut custard followed by a demonstration in vegetable carving.

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  • Not an essential in Thai cuisine, but a beautiful appendage (along with fruit carving), the tomatoes were relatively easy, carrots difficult and large chilies so-so but K. Dam explains that most people take up to a year to master this challenging art and we’re actually doing quite well for first-timers.

    The vegetable carving logically leads on to a spicy grilled prawn ‘salad’ which is more of a sauce consisting of sliced garlic, mint, roasted chili paste, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped chili and palm sugar. The end result is spectacular and served up alongside our vegetable creations. For the next step we don kitchen aprons and whip up a tom som pla soup – all under the polite and gentle guidance of K. Dam. 

    It’s all seamless stuff and even when there is a hitch (a gas ring malfunction), K. Dam gently steers the class in the right direction once more and soon we’re enjoying the fiery soup, with its mix of fish filets, chicken stock, tamarind sauce, deep-fried (and dried) chili, mushroom, spring onion, sliced galangal and lemongrass. Delicious. 

    We next learn how to prepare one of Thailand’s most popular dishes – chicken massaman curry. This was full of surprises for me as I had not realized that the curry uses cinnamon sticks, or oyster sauce. A coconut milk-based curry, it’s hard to imagine so many flavours successfully complementing each other but they do, with panache.

    By now we’re pretty full but there’s more to come: Woks are whipped out and we’re soon stir-frying yellow noodles and seafood, Phuket style. It’s a deceptively complicated combination of no less than 17 ingredients that is easily prepared but at this stage not so easily consumed as we’re all feeling rather full but no so full that we turn down the aforementioned pumpkin and coconut custard that had been cheerfully steaming, then cooling off, during the term of the class. It’s outstanding.

    Oceanfront cooking classes at Boathouse last a formidable four hours from 10:00 – 14:00 and in total you’ll learn how to prepare five separate dishes that can vary on different days. There’s also the option of a two-day course. It’s a well-greased activity, with prepared ingredients all ready for you to throw into the recipes and an assistant to set different courses up. Students are constantly asked to what level they’d like the spiciness in their creations and K. Dam is a master of gentle encouragement. You’ll get a certificate of completion and a neat black-and-red Boathouse kitchen apron – along with a few new ideas to impress your friends back home. 

    • Tomatoes Carving
    • Spicy Grilled Prawn Salad
    • Tom Som Pla Soup
    • Steamed Pumpkin and Coconut Custard

    The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Class

    • Location: Boathouse on Kata Beach
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    Boathouse by Montara is quite simply one of Phuket Islands most iconic boutique hotels.Located directly on Kata Beach and facing due West, Boathouse by Montara is the most refined absolute beachfront accommodation on the island.With just 38 rooms and suites, personal service is at premium with the emphasis on quality in every Boathouse by Montara facility whether it is fine dining, a spa experience, and an afternoon at the adjacent RE KA TA Beach Club or simply surfing.Mention the name Boathouse by Montara to those in the know and it will be regarded as synonymous with five-star luxury, fine dining, and the best wine cellar in southern Thailand. Read More...

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