Cai sum with soy and garlic sauce - Hutong Cooking, Beijing

Cooking in the hutongs

I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I don’t have strong memories of this cooking class (and that isn’t just because it’s taking me a long time to write these stories). China was a difficult country for me. Not only because I can still taste the pollution when I think of Beijing, or … Read more

Dinner at Uzuki Kitchen, Kyoto

Uzuki Kitchen

As I mentioned previously, food took a starring role in our exploration of Japan, and so I think Aaron was almost as excited as I was to get a chance to learn to cook some of our own. We signed up for a class with Emi Hirayama at Uzuki Japanese cooking and discussed with her … Read more

Curry, roti and dessert, LaZat Cooking School, Kuala Lumpur

Short notice learning

While we were sitting in the Petronas Towers’ ticket queue, we started talking about the cooking class I hadn’t yet taken in Malaysia, and Aaron said he was keen to come too if I could find one that could fit us in on such short notice. I got to searching the internet, and came across … Read more

Chopped veges, Borderline cooking school, Mae Sot, Thailand

Borderline Burmese cooking

As you’ve probably realised by now, I’m trying to take a cooking class in each country I visit. With only an eight-hour window in which to visit Myanmar though, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to manage it. But then I discovered an organisation in Mae Sot that is run by Burmese people and … Read more

Lunch at Tamnak Lao, Luang Prabang

Tamnak Lao

Tamnak Lao cooking school is on the main street of Luang Prabang, behind the restaurant of the same name, and across the road from the affiliated book exchange (which has a dog that will bite you – you have been warned). It offers a full day cooking course, as well as evening classes, with demonstrations … Read more

Dock at Red Bridge Cooking School, Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An’s Red Bridge of Salvation

I’d heard a lot about Hoi An before I arrived, and all of it had been good. That had made it pretty high on my list of places to visit. But when I got there, I was actually really disappointed. Yes, it’s cute. The Old Town has beautiful little buildings, the lanterns hanging in the … Read more

Rice paper rolls

The best food in Siem Reap

No one was more surprised than me when I turned out to be the best cook in Siem Reap. Of course, it was my first night in town and I didn’t really have anything to compare it to, and there was always the small matter of my very skilled teacher. Actually, Savoeun is probably the … Read more


Cooking with Poo

I’m not ashamed to say it. I cooked with Poo. And I liked it! Saiyuud Diwong (nicknamed Khun Poo) is a cooking teacher from Khlong Toey, the largest of Bangkok’s slum areas. She began business with a cart on the street, cooking food for the people in her neighbourhood. When the cost of rice became … Read more