Zabb-E-Lee Cooking School in Chiang Mai

by - Thursday, January 05, 2017

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While in Thailand, one of the highlights of my trip to Chiang Mai was a Thai food cooking class.

Full disclosure: I haven't cooked one single meal since arriving to Korea, and honestly before I left Atlanta, I wasn't cooking on a regular basis. Rosa Mae (my granny) would be dismayed that I'm wasting all of the jewels she bestowed on me in the kitchen! But when you're surrounded by excellent, made-to-order food, why bother? :)

I found Zabb-E-Lee's Thai cooking school via Trip Advisor. They had rave reviews, weren't far from my hotel in the Old City, and were less expensive than the competition. Their set menu was the most appealing part of the deal. They offer a morning and a late afternoon cooking class, so you can have brunch or dinner.

We started off at the morning market for ingredients

My choices

My group had Art as a chef host. He was very attentive, patient, energetic and humorous. We had a bit of a "struggle group" (cooks of different levels and common sense) but Art handled the lack of experience using cooking tools (and common sense) with much poise and patience. He was really young so I was impressed. Our group was a handful but we had a great time together. There are other chefs walking around assisting and cleaning up behind us as we go. 



I really like that we got to choose our dishes. Though it's a set menu, there's something for everyone. You choose your appetizer, your soup, your main dish, and a curry to make. We all made sticky rice and mango together, it was dessert. I was lucky to have all of my favs on the menu. We were given a cookbook of the recipes as a parting gift.


Soup prep; everyone gets their own station for prep and for cooking


Tasting my Tom Yum soup creation, thumbs up!
Tom Yum soup with shrimp, and Coconut shrimp soup

Curry prep! It's made totally from scratch!

My green curry (and chicken) outcome, this was the hardest to make for me.
Made from pure scratch and will burn if you're not careful!


Spring rolls, before

AFTER-YUM!
Pad Thai prep! My fav Thai dish!
Cookin cookin'
Pad Thai is really easy to make!


Me and the Pad Thai before it was destroyed. Nummm!


I am now confident in my ability to cook sticky rice, green curry, spring rolls, pad Thai and tom yum soup. This experience was one of the highlights of my visit to Chiang Mai. Hats off to Zabb-E-Lee and Art!



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17 comments

  1. OMG I am soooo jelly right now! I want to goooo!!!!! The food looks so delicious and I love love love Thai food. What a great experience! You should do a post recreating one of the cool dishes you made. or you could just send me a plate, your choice ;)

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  2. OMG! How cool! Now that was a great adventure on a trip. A cooking class, who would have thought. And your food looks so good!

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  3. This looks like so much fun!! I love taking cooking classes and never thought to take a class while on vacation. I while definitely look into taking a cooking class on my next vacation. Great post!

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    1. I'm definitely going to keep the party going. I have Bali in a few months, and I'm going to do something like this again.

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  4. That all looks so darn good! Glad you enjoyed.

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  5. Girl! I'm laughing about your comment about your grandma. These pics are gorgeous. I would be in food heaven.

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    1. Hahaha, I brought that cookbook home, though, to rid myself of the guilt :-P

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  6. Hey queen, you look like you had so much fun! My dad visited Thailand years ago and brought so many great things back. I just want to go there, take pictures and eat, LOL! Thanks for sharing your awesome travel experience.

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    1. Girl that's basically what I do on every vacay: Take pics, learn something and get fat. Fun times!

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  7. I would have LOVED to take a Thai Cooking class. I LOVE Thai food, especially the Tom Yum Kung Soup. I can eat bowls and bowls of it.

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    1. Well if you ever find yourself in Chiang Mai, this one was legit! Great price, too!

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  8. What a GREAT experience! I would've LOVED having this experience with a cooking class! This will be great once you are back you can make the recipes for yourself!

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  9. I've always wanted to try Thai food, but with my food allergies I can't. So I'll live vicariously through you. Looks delish.

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  10. This looks like fun and the food looks delish!

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  11. Looks like you had an amazing time. I love stir-fry so this is one meal, I would have loved.

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  12. This looked so fun! It looks like you are having an amazing time. Now I am hungry and want to cook dinner! LOL

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