Great Cambodian cooking class as well as great local food market experience!
We absolutely loved our experience with Lily’s Secret Garden. We felt like we got a truly authentic experience, and Chris was a wonderful guide in the local Cambodian market. The food was surprisingly easy to make, and we loved that they sent us home with our very own cook books. We would highly recommend taking this class while you visit Cambodia!
The class was so much fun, with only 4 of us, and going round the market with Ben was so interesting. Highly recommend this, also the cookery school is not for profit as they use the money to help orphaned kids.
All of our interactions with Chris and his staff were top notch. Darwin was very easy to interact with and made the class fun. His giggle was infectious. We loved this experience and will recommend it to any of our friends visiting Siem Reap.
Ben is engaging and explains everything clearly. The food is, of course, delicious!
I loved the food, everything very well explained and the visit to the market was great. It's a beautiful job that Ben does with the children of the orphanage. The classes I took were vegetarian and the menu was excellent.
We had a great evening at Lilly’s Secret Garden, Chris was really knowledgable around the local market. The cooking facilities were spotlessly clean and plenty of space. The chef lead us step by step to create 3 traditional Khmer dishes! Overall a great evening!
Must book this class! Authentic, local experience from beginning to end. Great market tour where we shopped for ingredients with Chris, prepared them at Chris and Lily’s home under the excellent guidance of Chef Darwin and after all our hard work, we feasted upon our delicious creations!
We had a fabulous time at Lily's Secret Garden Cooking class! Chris, Lily's husband picked us up on time from our hotel and took us to a local market to pick out fresh ingredients (including freshly made coconut cream!) for our class. Chris is very personable and did a great job explaining the different fruits/veggies we saw in the market, how much they should cost etc. At their lovely home, we met chef Darwin, who taught us how to prepare three dishes, a green papaya and chicken salad, chicken red curry and a yummy banana in coconut cream dessert. (We did not meet Lily as she was working in their in town restaurant). We all (we are a family of 4) really enjoyed this fun, hands on, experience and our food was delicious, ample and authentic. I would HIGHLY recommend this class, BOOK NOW!
I was the only customer and it was quite far away from Siem Reap. We visited the local market (45 minutes with tuk-tuk) and my guide was introducing me to local vegetables and herbs, which I hadn't tasted before. We prepared Cambodian spring rolls, chicken amok and pumpkin coconut custard. Everything was super tasty and well organized. Thank you!
Really engaging and insightful into Cambodian cooking. Enjoyed visiting the market and learning about traditional cooking/ingredients and what dishes they’re typically used in. Went with a friend who was vegan and although the dish originally contained meat it was easy to just use replacements and alter the dishes.
The class and market tour was terrific. Chris was very knowledgeable as he explained the market culture, and how to pick out the fruits and vegetables we needed. The cooking class was enjoyable and the recipes we made were very tasty. The atmosphere was very professional. The small group made it very intimate and relaxing. We recommended this to some fellow travelers this morning. Great food and good value!
Great organization; small size group (6 people) & the set-up enables you to cook and individualize your meal (mild-medium-spicy) given that you actually cook your entire meal! Great environment and lovely staff! Highly recommended
A great travel indeed together with my husband. If you want to have a great adventure, likes to eat and cook, then this cooking class is perfect! Learning traditional and authentic Cambodian dishes from ancient Khmer Empire is such a unique cooking experience. A lot of techniques old and new were taught to us by truly an expert chef. Great to have a bond with my husband through cooking it made our relationship stronger. Plus we had a wonderful and delicious meal! I highly recommend it!
This was a great experience, exploring the markets and learning about the Cambodian culture through food. Plus the food we made was very tasty. A mango chicken salad, a red curry and a coconut and banana dessert.
From start to finish this experience was enjoyable and I learnt a lot. The Chef was patient, funny and made you feel like you could cook. Chris’ market and local knowledge rounded off the experience. Couldn’t have asked for a better class.