Cooking classes are a great way to sample the local flavours. Learn how to prepare a meal so that you can re-live the taste of your travels at home. The Vang Vieng organic farm offers you the chance to learn about sustainable farming methods. Organic cooking classes using produce from the farm are conducted in their restaurant.
Laos Style Cooking
The food in Laos is truly amazing. Very few western products are used in food preparation. The result is a plate bursting with fresh and natural flavours.
Wild herbs, whole spices and chilli are ground and blended using a mortar and pestle as they are needed. The food contains virtually no preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours.
Everything you eat comes directly from nature. The taste is unbelievably good!
Boat Ride on the Nam Song River
The cost of the cooking class included transport. A long motor boat that collected me from the hotel and ferried me down the river.
The boat ride was a fun way to arrive at the cooking school. It afforded me the chance to take in the local scenery. The boat passed other tourists floating down the river in tubes and kayaks.
The cooking class includes a tour of the organic farm which rears various animals and poultry. The extensive vegetable garden was bursting with leafy green produce.
The trees surrounding the garden contained a range of exotic fruits.
The organic farm is dedicated to helping out the local community, particularly when it comes to promoting educational opportunities for the children. At the time of our visit they were looking to raise funds for a bus.
Organic Cooking Class
The best part of this class is that you can choose the dishes that you would like to prepare from the restaurant menu. My classmate and I selected 3 Lao dishes and 1 desert to prepare.
The classes are held in the restaurant kitchen. We were the only two people attending the class. Our teachers were local people who were keen to explain each of the dishes to us.
We set to work chopping meat and vegetables. It was extremely hot in the unairconditioned kitchen. I was looking forward to cooking my meal once the preparation was complete. But the cook and her assistant took over once the chopping was done.
We watched as they explained the flavours being added to the pan and carefully adjusted the heat.
The kitchen filled with the aroma of fresh ingredients and spices.
We took our meal into restaurant enjoy. The food was delicious.
I was disappointed when we were not given copies of the recipes to take home.
The food proved to be delicious but we were not given any recipes to take home.
Arriving in Vang Vieng
It takes about three hours to travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. I was able to book a driver and a car via the hotel where I was staying.
The roads are steep and winding in places.
I visited in July which was the rainy season and the river was very high. It rained for the entire weekend, but there was no way I was staying in the hotel with so many things to see and do.