What a treasure - one of my favorite experiences on our three-week trip to SE Asia. I am an experienced home cook, read a lot, and have taken many classes, but I found this class particularly delightful, informative, and tasty! Nook picked us up at our hotel in a tuk-tuk and we were off to the market. We were lucky to be the only two students that day. Nook was a wonderful tour guide through the hundreds of stalls, where she arranged for us to taste new items as we wound our way through and she helped me buy some inexpensive cooking supplies to take home (a handy tool to shred coconut and a small basket to keep sticky rice warm - US$1.50 for both). After the market, Nook took us to a hidden gem of a cafe for Lao coffee, and then to her home outside of town for a cooking lesson in her yard. The class was well-organized, informative, as professional as any I've taken home or abroad, and entirely hands on, except that Nook deep fried the cicadas herself, about which I was pretty skeptical until she served them to us hot, crunchy, and perfectly spiced (the equivalent of a good bar snack). She soaked the sticky rice and prepared the dessert ahead, but showed us how to prepare and cook the rice. And the meal we prepared under her tutelage was delicious! Fish and herbs steamed in banana leaf, two grilled vegetable dips (one tomato, one eggplant), green papaya salad, and spicken chicken salad. We enjoyed our lovely meal outside and then she arranged for her driver to take us on an afternoon tour. And she gave us a little recipe booklet for everything we made. What a great day - totally worth it in every respect. Highly recommended!
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