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Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts: Thai Fruit and Vegetable Carving Class

Whether you entertain your guests by cooking Thai food or Western cuisine, nothing enhances a carefully prepared dish, like a graceful fruit or vegetable carving, or some simple but elegant garnishes.

Please be sure to watch the short video introduction to SITCA HERE.

For a demonstration of the techniques taught in our carving courses and the results you can achieve, we have a two part video you can watch. You”ll find the links HERE.

Thai culinary carving expertise is arguably unsurpassed for skill and finesse. Our food carving instructors teach the basics of this beloved Thai art in (3) three-hour sessions held on consecutive days, for a total of nine hours of hands-on instruction.

You will learn food carving technique and two ornate flower patterns on Days 1 and 2. We use easy-to-carve large fleshy fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe, and also show you how to carve these patterns on the small surfaces found on vegetables such as carrots and potatoes. On Day 3 you learn garnishes including cucumbers, tomatoes, chilies, and spring onions.

Your carving tool, our 38 page step-by-step instructional booklet with over 135 color photos, and a souvenir SITCA apron are included in the 4,950 baht we charge for this fascinating nine hour course.

One-day course

For those with limited time we offer a one-day course in the Thai style art of carving decorative vegetables for use as plate garnishes. The cost is 2,000 baht and a custom carving knife is included.

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Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts: Thai Cooking Classes

While a visit to Ko Samui may seem like paradise, SITCA’s curriculum is down-to-earth, comprehensive and above all enjoyable. Our chefs are Thai experts with years of experience cooking Thai, and a love of their art. Whether avid home cook or aspiring professional, you will learn all the skills you need to cook one of Asia’s most varied and fascinating cuisines.

Please be sure to watch the short video introduction to SITCA at the bottom of our home page HERE.

If your interest is simply in learning more about what goes into Thai food dishes in order to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment when dining out, don’t hesitate to join us. Whatever your aspirations, whatever your level, because our classes are kept small, your individual needs will be addressed with as much attention as you require.

Private classes for groups

Colleagues, friends or families may wish to organize a private experience for their group. The minimum number required is 10. For more information click HERE.

SITCA isn’t just for cooks

Thai food lovers enjoy a special bonus. We purchase all our produce, fish, and meat daily from the local market, so you will not be not only preparing, but also enjoying some of the best cuisine that Southern Thailand has to offer.

Featured on BBC World TV’s Holiday program and recommended in the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Frommer’s guides to Thailand, our Thai cooking classes are taught in our 90 sq. meter modern air-conditioned facility. Everyone is equipped with their own burner at the stove, and everything needed for a complete hands-on experience. You also receive a cook booklet which is yours to make notes in and keep. For those ingredients which may not be available where you live, suitable substitutes are suggested. When the meal is ready we eat together Thai style in the elegant setting of our dining room, and every student can invite a friend to join them at no charge.

Booking a Thai cooking class at SITCA

SITCA’s menus change for every day of the week, and most recipes can be adapted for vegetarians. Our twice daily 3 hour class starts with the preparation of one of our famous home made Thai curry pastes, and is followed by instruction in how to prepare 3 more dishes. There is a different paste and Thai curry dish for each day (Monday-Saturday.) The meal follows immediately after class and the fruits of your labors will be some of the most sumptuous Thai food you will have in Thailand.

Lunchtime Thai Cooking Class / Time: 11:00 am / Cost: 1,950 baht per person.

Dinnertime Thai Cooking Class / Time: 4:00 pm / Cost: 1,950 baht per person

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