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Culinary Tips from the Thai Master

August 18, 2014
Issaya Cooking Studio
An exquisite plate of banana blossom and palm heart amid the lush garden surrounds of the Issaya Siamese Club is a quintessential Bangkok experience, and now outbound jetsetters can take a small taste of the restaurant’s renowned flavours home to their own kitchens with a class at the newly unveiled Issaya Cooking Studio. Head chef Ian Kittichai’s state-of-the-art school offers group and private lessons in traditional Thai cookery, pastry and desserts, molecular gastronomy and, of course, an Issaya Siamese Club class where spice fiends can learn how to whip up some of Kittichai’s own signature dishes.


Just like the restaurant, the studio changes its menu daily to make the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients, while each Issaya class usually demonstrates two savoury dishes (think sticky spiced pork ribs basted with chilli glaze or lobster with curry custard and sweet basil) plus nam jim dipping sauces, curry pastes and a dessert – all of which you get to eat afterwards! Instructors include Kittichai himself, his Siamese Club sous-chefs, and regular international guests like French pâtissier Hugues Pouget and chocolatier extraordinaire Laurent Gerbaud. It helps to know your way around a wok but even if your first attempt at Issaya’s jasmine panna cotta falls flat, fret not, you can always nip upstairs to Issaya La Patisserie for a bite of the real deal. Yes, chef!


G/F / Central Embassy Shopping Mall / 1031 Ploen Chit Rd / Pathum Wan / +66 2 160 5636 / 10am-10pm daily /issayacookingstudio.com

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