Bamboo Delight Cooking Class, Inle Lake

Traveling to a destination is not complete until I take a cooking class in the town I arrive in. While visiting Inle Lake, Myanmar, which happens to be my favorite destination in the world, I decided to spend a morning taking a Cooking Class in Inle Lake with Bamboo Delight. There’s no better way to experience a culture than to shop locally and to learn their techniques of cooking from people who have generational roots there.

Inle Lake Cooking Class

Bamboo Delight Cooking Class in Inle Lake

Bamboo Delight Cooking School is rated #1 on TripAdvisor and was also the first recommended cooking class from my Guesthouse, Gypsy Inn. The cooking school was started in March 2013 by Leslie and Sue, a passionate husband and wife team, in their own home. The passion for food and idea of the cooking course stemmed far before the couple even met. It began in their childhood days with their parents who also had a love for food.

Cooking Class in Inle Lake
Shan Noodle Soup. Photo Courtesy of Bamboo Delight Cooking Class.


The Bamboo Delight Story

Sue grew up with a father who loved meeting travelers from around the world. He was always inviting them over to their home and shared what they could afford. This gave Sue a glimpse into a much larger world outside of her village which lead to her passion to study English and eventually open this Cooking School in Inle Lake.

Cooking Class in Inle Lake
Husband & Wife Team, Sue & Leslie who run the successful Bamboo Delight Cooking School

Leslie learned how to cook in Yangon at an early age from his mother who sold street food to workers. This lead his interest to both national as well as international cuisine. Once he attended Culinary School, Leslie began working in Hotel kitchens.

With the combined love of food, cooking and meeting people from various cultures, lead Leslie & Sue to open Bamboo Delight Cooking School in 2013. In addition, they have a restaurant upstairs where guests can dine.

My guesthouse offered to called Leslie and arranged the cooking class. Leslie picked up the call upon a few rings. Luckily and painlessly, we were set to go the next morning at 9am as there were 2 French travelers also interested to take the cooking class.

Typically offered daily at 9am-1pm or 5-7pm, Leslie and Sue will run the class as long as a minimum of 2 students are interested. I’d recommend the morning class as it includes a trip to the local market to shop for the ingredients of the cooking class. You would meet Leslie in front of the large KBZ bank branch across the street from the Nyaung Shwe market – a central location in Inle Lake.


Shopping at the Nyaung Shwe Wet Market

Inle Lake Market

The Nyuang Shwe Wet Market is open daily from early morning until about 5pm. Shopping in the local market was half the excitement of the Cooking Class for me! Leslie will introduce you to the local people in each stalls and explain thoroughly the local ingredients that make up Burmese cuisine. You will purchase fresh produce, meat, spices and get a glimpse into local life.

With a consensus of the students, he will customize a meal that best suits everyone. For example: Vegetarian, Spicier Preference, Seafood based, more Meat, noodles, salads, etc.

The menu we decided on was: Avacado salad, Mint Leaf Salad, Shan Noodle Soup, Chicken Curry, Fava (Broad) Bean Salad and Prawn Curry. We each were in charge of 2 dishes and the dishes were cooked over traditional Charcoal Stoves.

Inle Lake Cooking Class
Hands On Cooking Class in Inle Lake
Inle Lake Cooking Class
Burmese Curries cooked over Charcoal Stoves

Inle Lake Cooking Class

Ingredients in Burmese Cuisine

Inle Lake Cooking Class
Salt, Chicken Powder, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Turmeric..
Shrimp Sauce, Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Peanut Oil, Spicy Chili, Garam Masala, Sesame Seeds, Lemon.

Preparing the Popular Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

Inle Lake Cooking Class
Preparing the Tea Leaf by Rinsing, Squeezing & Marinating.
Inle Lake Cooking Class
Inle Lake Cooking Class
Burmese Tea Leaf Salad







Sharing our Delicious Cooking Together!

Cooking Class Inle Lake

Cooking Class in Inle Lake
Healthy Avacado & Fava (Broad) Bean Salad


  Inle Lake Cooking Class


Bamboo Delight Restaurant: Open for Dinner Too!

After 4 years since the Cooking School opened, Bamboo Delight is now also open for dinner. The restaurant is on their upstairs deck which provides a beautiful, peaceful view of the town. Call ahead to make sure they are open. Daily menu changes according to what is fresh in season.

Cooking Class in Inle LakeTomato Salad. Photo Courtesy of Bamboo Delight Cooking Class.

Bamboo Delight Charity:: Library & Summer School

At the same year the Cooking School was conceived, they started a Summer English School & Library for local children as their way to give back to the community. There are 2 beautiful classrooms built in their back yard, filled with library of books in both Burmese and various languages. 15% of proceeds from each cooking class go to the charity which provides free English Classes to local students during their summer break. Volunteers from abroad are welcome to come teach and are provided a free guest room + meals during their stay.

Contact Bamboo Delight 

Email Bamboo Delight Cooking Class or have your hotel call directly to arrange a cooking class.

Cost: 20,000 Kyat (approximately $16 USD)
Address: No. 6/261, Aung Chan Thar Quarter, Nyaungshwe, Myanmar
Phone: +95 9 410 10433
Instagram: @bamboo.delight   //  #bamboodelight

Guesthouse Accommodation:
Bamboo Delight also has 2 rooms to rent for travelers.
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