Discover the culture and cuisine of the Akha, an indigenous Southeast-Asian hill tribe, with the help of our Akha teachers.
Join a fun and informative tour that will take you on a local market trip where you will taste and collect all the ingredients for your cooking class!
Choose either a morning or evening course and embark on a journey that will introduce you to the Akha people – a community that immigrated to Thailand in the 1900’s – as well as their traditions and a combination of both Thai and Akha cuisine.
In the cooking course, you’ll create 11 delicious dishes that you will get to eat after each cooking session.
Why choose the Morning Cooking Class?
- Thai Akha Kitchen will take you to the Local Market to see the real lifestyle of local people where you can all the same produce, at all different prices. We call this “same same, but different”!
- At the Local Market, you will be treated like a local person, no special treatment to gain profit for tourists here!
- Thai markets are very different from western markets, so get ready for some interesting experiences.
- All of the produce we will be using will come fresh from our farm and from the local market.
How does the tour work:
Pick-Up Services Included
The day starts with our pick-up between 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Our drivers will make efficient planning to make the pick-up go as smooth as possible.
Therefore we kindly ask you to be ready to leave at 8:30 am.
On arrival the driver will be holding a Thai Akha Kitchen pick-up sign, so you can easily recognize him or her.
Our Cooking School has moved to a new Kitchen Garden location since January 2020.
Our new location is just 5 minutes walk from Chiang Mai South Gate, so 15 minutes walk from the center of the old City.
Market Visit Tour
Market Tour starts at 9:00 am to 10:00 am
We will take you to the local market, so you can experience the real lifestyle of the local people.
Here you can see and taste all the different local products, that you would’ve probably not even notice without our guide!
You can also see the same products being sold at all different prices, this is what we call “same same, but different”.
Thai markets are very different from western markets, so get ready for some interesting experiences.
All of the ingredients that we will be using during our course will come fresh from the local market. It’s always nice to learn about the whole process of preparing food!
At this Local Market, you will be treated as a local person!
The market that we will visit:
Welcome to our Kitchen
It’s time to cook!
Let’s get started!
We offer an opportunity to learn and make 10 dishes + 1 curry paste in our cooking class.
You will enjoy all your self-made dishes during the multiple breaks.
Start by two Appetizers
The class will start by preparing the famous Papaya Salad the authentic way by using a mortar and pestle, it’s up to you how spicy you make it. Can you take 5 chillies like the Thai?
After this, you will learn how to roll and make the perfect fried spring rolls.
Now let’s continue with
Making two Desserts
Maybe it feels a little bit weird to start with desserts already, but in Thailand, desserts are seen as a fun food to eat during your free time and they are not reserved for after dinner.
The rice for the Mango sticky rice dessert will take 45 minutes to steam. So our teacher will explain everything about this process and will start with the rice steaming.
Since we are here already, why not start making and eating the Pumpkin in Coconut Milk dessert!?
Three Akha Dishes,
a whole different world from Thai food
In Akha traditions, every meal must have a Chilli sauce (Sapi Thong), one salad, and one soup. Therefore we will teach you how to make these 3 traditional Akha dishes.
They are not very known and you can consider yourself as one of the few people outside the Akha tribe that knows how to make these dishes.
It’s Curry time!
Pick one out of four Curry and Curry Paste
And we don’t mean the ready curry powders that you can buy. We will teach you how to make authentic curry paste from scratch, with all fresh ingredients.
You can choose one of the four most popular Thai curries; Red curry, Green curry, Panang curry, or the Massaman curry.
Let’s make some Soup
Pick one out of three Soup
Have you ever wondered how Thai soup can taste so good? After the curry making it’s time to find out and impress yourself!
You can choose between the Chicken & Coconut Milk (Tom Kha Gai), the Hot and Sour Prawn soup (Tom Yum Gong), or the Clear Soup & Egg Tofu?
Of course, during the whole class, you can replace everything with a vegetarian substitute.
The grand finale, Stir-Fried dishes
Pick one out of four Stir-Fried
We hope that you will not be too full by this step, because now you will learn how to make classic Thai street food dishes.
You can choose the most famous Pad Thai or try one of the other delicious stir fries; the chicken with cashew nut, chicken with hot basil or the sweet and sour vegetables with chicken.
Once you master these stir fried dishes, you can impress your friends and family back home by preparing it in just a few minutes.
Everyone can choose their own menu individually!
Eat and Enjoy your Dishes
It’s launch time!
We will be sitting and taking breaks to eat all the deliciously prepared food along the way!
After the class, we will drop you off at your hotel
All recipes can be adapted to be cooked:
They can also be cooked spicy or not depending on your own taste.
Alternative solutions for any food allergies!
- 1h Market Tour
- PickUp from/to your place of stay
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- Full Color Paper CookBook (40 pages)
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- Ingredient gift set for every Students
- Complimentary samples of locally grown Akha Hill Tribe Coffee
- Fresh water, and different teas.
- Free Wifi, charger plugs and more available
Credit Card / Paypal acepted:
- Payment can be made using most credit or debit cards. Your payment will be processed by PayPal on a secured website.
- Is possible to pay directly with cash on the day of the lesson.
We accept Thai Baht, US Dollars or Euro
For more details check our Terms and Conditions page.