Luang Prabang is a great place to learn more about Lao food, with a number of excellent cookery schools (all attached to acclaimed restaurants) offering a range of introductory classes.
Tamarind Opposite Wat Nong t020/7770484, wwww.tamarindlaos.com. The excellent one-day class begins with a fascinating tour of Phosy Market (see p.139) before the group heads to the peaceful lakeside cooking school where you learn six Lao dishes – such as lemongrass stuffed with chicken, môk pa and jaew. $22.
Tamnak Lao Sakkaline Rd t020/5173154, wwww.tamnaklao.net. This popular course offers the opportunity to learn how to cook five Lao dishes, plus the ubiquitous sticky rice and delicious jaew bong. $25.
Tum Tum Cheng Sakkaline Rd t020/242 5499, [email protected] A shorter course than most (running from 8.30am to 1.30pm), where you can learn how to prepare many of the more unusual Lao ingredients and more about the royal cuisine of Luang Prabang. $30.