9.00 AM - 9.30 AM
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Sonam Trophel Restaurant

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Bhutanese cuisines are undeniably one of the easiest food to cook and its simplicity is what makes it delicious. And what other better way to immerse in the local culture, than learning to cook like a Bhutanese. Hallmark of Bhutanese food is a generous use of Cheese and Chilies. Basic Staple food includes Red rice and Curry: of curries, the most popular one is Emma Datsi (Literal Translation would be Chilies and Cheese Curry) Chili in Bhutan is predominantly a vegetable versus a condiment.  Bhutanese cooking class is relatively an uncommon tour activity, however can be immensely fulfilling activity, given the pristine location, group of friends and off course the charm of rustic Bhutan and the host.




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    Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we\'ve classified things to help you make a selection.


    Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.


    You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.


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  • Group size: from 6 to 12 people
  • Pickup location: Sonam Trophel Restaurant
  • Drop-off location: Sonam Trophel Restaurant
  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 9.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (2.00 PM - 2.30 PM)


Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

Weather permitting the class is held in an alfresco open kitchen, just a few kilometers from Paro town overlooking Paro river. The class is conducted by local chef Lalita; who has been operating the popular tourist restaurant Sonam trophel since 1994. The restaurant was voted No. 1 in Tripadvisor in 2015 and has hosted the likes of Demi Moore and Matt Damon.

Some of the few highlights menus are as follows:

Ema Datshi - Chilli & cheese
Buckwheat noodles with spices and veggies
Pork or Beef Pa
Ara (the local homemade wine)
Hogay salad – Local salad
Buckwheat Pancake


Children policy

Children are allowed

Participant Guidelines

Minimum 6 people required.

Other Disclosures

Bhutanese food is known to be very spicy.