Friday, 18 April 2014

Phuket trip Apr'14 - Cooking lessons at Pum's

Pum Restaurant & Cooking School
This would come across as pretty odd to you but as much as I love beach vacations, I am never a fan of the sun nor sea (non-swimmer here). So I never participate in sea sports when on beach vacations. On our 3D2N Phuket trip, I decided to include something out of the norm & perhaps also to prepare for wedded life. There are quite a few cooking schools available in Phuket, depending on your schedule, budget as well as preferred dishes, you will have no problem booking a class to cater to your needs.

After reading reviews I settled with Pum Restaurant & Cooking School. They have a variety of classes available depending on what you want to learn & how much time you are willing to spare. 2 of us enrolled in Pum's Little Shoes (2 pax THB3,000 ~S$120) where each of us picked 3 dishes which we wanted to learn, it was a full hands-on class. At the end of 3 hours, you get to taste the fruits of your labour!

Day 1 of our trip - After some rest, we took the resort shuttle to Jungceylon for lunch before our cooking class at 4pm. There was 6 students in a class & our teacher is called Irene. At Pum's, they advocate cooking using natural ingredients which should be easily found in wet markets (or hopefully Golden Mile Complex here). All ingredients are prepared beforehand so we just follow Irene's instructions to cook the dishes. Quite an experience I'd say. I was certainly surprised at how simple the dishes could be prepared & for those health conscious, you will be happy to know that at Pum's, they cook without using MSG.

Dishes we prepared -
Phad Thai Goong - Thai fried noodles with prawns
Gai Satay - Chicken Satay with peanut sauce & cucumber dressing
Sam Tum - Spicy papaya salad
Tom Yum Goong - Thai hot & sour prawn soup
Gaeng Kheo Wan Gai - Thai green curry with chicken
Khao Nieo Mamuang - Mango with sticky rice

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