“Western food is like playing draughts, whereas Thai is like playing chess.” So said David Thompson, the man who earned Thai cuisine’s first Michelin star.

Defined by its hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours, the cuisine is all about balance, detail, and variety.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook it for yourself? Well, we’re here to let you know about two places in town that will show you how to make Thai food like a boss – all in a morning’s work!

Putting a strong emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatics and a spicy edge, Thai cuisine has a unique quality to it, creating a special effect with its combination of umami, sweet and saltiness, herbs and spice. The skill in creating these dishes, however, lies in a careful balance of flavours.

Whether you’re looking for a fine-dining style to impress a loved one, or feeling something a little more casual to show off to your mates, read on to find a Thai cooking school that’s just right for you.

Chaophraya

Learn to cook Thai food like a boss at these city centre cookery schools I Love Manchester

Head down to Chaophraya on a Sunday morning to learn from their talented chefs how to recreate their particular brand of contemporary fine dining.

Known for their inventive dishes and a vast array of veggie options, there is a reason Chaophraya has been a stalwart of the Manchester dining scene for many years. So if you’re looking to impress a loved one or the mega-foodie in your life, this is the one to opt for.

Thai cuisine not only requires skillful preparation but also knowledge on how to combine the right ingredients and flavours – not just within one dish, but across the six or more shared per sitting. For example, if you’re having a sweet salad, you’d be looking to pair this with a sour stir fry. If you’re going for a blow-your-face-off curry, it makes sense to opt for a mild soup or stir-fry.

At Chaophraya’s cooking school you’ll unlock the secrets of Thai cooking with the expert guidance of their chefs and leave confident in the knowledge that you’ll be impressing your guests at your next dinner party.

The classes feature a welcome fruit punch on arrival, an introduction to Thai ingredients and where to source them – key to recreating those authentic flavours – followed by a short demonstration from the chef.

After this, you’ll try your hand at cooking two dishes, followed by a tasting session with feedback for your improvement.

Perfect for the budding home chef or anyone who wants to impress their Thai-food-loving partner, you’ll leave with a few new recipes but also with a deeper understanding of the cuisine as a whole. Well worth the £69 ticket price.

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Thaikhun

If you love the idea of making Thai food it all sounds a bit intense, let us introduce you to the more casual cooking school style of Thaikhun.

Priced at £59, this gets you into a small group session with six to eight others and runs for about two hours in total.

You’ll be given a brief introduction to Thailand’s culture and geography, before learning to cook a classic starter and main from scratch. Note that these dishes change every month, so it’s worth contacting the restaurant for their class schedule before you book.

You’ll start with a mocktail on arrival as you’re gently initiated into the wondrous ingredients of oriental cooking with a quick demo, before rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in under the watchful eye of Thaikhun’s experienced chefs.

Conclude your session with a glass of wine as you enjoy the fruits of your labour, and leave with a parting gift of goodies to enjoy at home as well as two new recipes to add to your cooking repertoire. Next time you get the gang round, they won’t know what’s hit them.

So if you love Thai food and want to learn how to recreate your favourite dishes in your own kitchen, don’t waste any more time. Check out one of these great cookery schools right on our doorstep and you’ll be cooking Thai like a boss in no time.

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*All cooking school experiences are available for adults 18+ only.

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