Saturday October 3, 2015 (Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand)
Sandra and Robin are each in a committed, long-term and loving relationship. With Thai food. After wandering by a tour operator offering cooking classes at reasonable prices, we bit. A full day cooking class learning to make Tom Yum soup, Panang curry, mango sticky rice, and papaya salad. I went along as an “observer”. It was a fraction of the price, but I still got to take lots of pictures and eat the results. Can’t complain about that, right?
The day started off with a hotel pickup that dropped us off at a local market in Chiang Mai. At the market, we were guided to various vendors selling the wares we’d be using to cook the food during the day. Do you know what a galangal is and what it looks like? I sure didn’t. Do you know the difference between sweet basil and holy basil? Well, probably. Because most people know more about food that I do. But regardless, it was quite an education! Since I was just an “observer” to the cooking class, I spent a lot of time trying to photograph a pigeon that lived behind a sign in the market. I got a reasonable picture of it. So I was pleased.
The cooking class itself went off without a hitch. The instruction was top-notch, and everything the ladies made came out wonderfully. The teachers were nice enough to afford Sandra some extra materials so that she’d be able to cook up double-sized portions – enough to feed me too! Fantastic! I’m expecting a lot of delicious Thai food once we return home. That is, if we can find the requisite fresh palm sugar. Which should be easy, right?
We’d definitely recommend the Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre if you’re looking to do a cooking class in Chiang Mai. We just took a tip from the tour operator who said he’d received a lot of positive feedback – we can see why the folks at this place are so successful! Their English was fantastic, they were kind, accommodating, and entertaining throughout the day. I think maybe I had the most fun of all, since I had to do essentially zero work and just eat tasty food. This was a good day.
Oh, and we met two lovely Austrian ladies – Viktoria and Lena. We ended up hanging out with them again in Chiang Mai and having a wonderful time with them. So hello from across the Internet and big hugs from us!