For those not familiar with our play on words here, the phrase “freezin’ for a reason” is used in some places for events such as a polar plunge to help raise money for a good cause. And for those not aware of what a ‘polar plunge’ is, it is basically a bunch of crazy people (me included) jumping into a hole cut in frozen water (such as a lake) to raise money for various causes. Maybe it’s an American thing, I have no idea. 🙂
For us, we found a great opportunity to support a cause and we didn’t have to jump in freezing water! Inle Lake, Myanmar is well known for its lake (of course), but there are plenty of other activities you can do when visiting this beautiful city. One activity in particular is taking part in a Burmese cooking class, specifically with Bamboo Delight.
Bamboo Delight is run by two wonderful humans named Sue and Lesley, a local couple from Myanmar. We read some good reviews about the cooking class, but it ended up being even better and more interesting than we imagined. Not only do you get to shop at the market for food and cook a great meal, but you get to talk to and find out more about the behind the scenes of Bamboo Delight.
Along with providing a great cooking experience and environment, we learned 15% of every class fee ($20 USD) goes toward the education of local children! The cooking school is located at the residence of Sue and Lesley, which is also where local kids come to read and learn throughout the year. Sue and Lesley have taken it upon themselves to help get books and other educational materials into the hands of children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Their goal is to have the next generation understand the value of an education.
After listening to Sue speak so openly and proudly about what her father did before her, in terms of welcoming strangers into his home, it is no wonder Sue is following in his footsteps. Sue opens her home and her heart to people and the local kids are lucky to have her in their lives!
Now, for the food – WOW! It was unbelievable and an absolute feast! There were five of us participating and we met Lesley at the market at 9am to pick out everything we would be cooking. It was a team effort from the market until mealtime, so it was fun being both sous chefs and also the chef of our assigned dish. Lesley made every effort to get us involved in the picking of the menu to the plating of the food, which we really enjoyed. A great experience and one we would not hesitate to do all over again!
Enjoy a few pictures from our day with Bamboo Delight!
Bamboo Delight – Cooking Class
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Phone: 09-41010433, 09-428345261