In Chiang Mai, we took a class in Thai cooking in order to learn how the delicious food we had been eating was made. Our course was at ‘We Cook’ which was run by Miuw. She was a local chef who was happy, enthusiastic and encouraged her small class to relax and enjoy the evening. This made the evening extremely enjoyable and we can highly recommend it.
First we were shown the local market where our ingredients were to be sourced before heading to Miuw’s house to cook them.
You prepare and eat 5 dishes (plus curry paste) during the evening. This includes a soup, an appetizer, a stir fried dish, a curry and a desert. For each of these courses you have an individual choice of 2-3 dishes, so Helen and I deliberately selected different options so we could learn more recipes. You are also given a cookbook with all the possible options at the end.
During the course, we told to put the knife under the chopping board for safety. This is sensible but health and safety seems to feature very little in Thailand! Not a day goes by without us seeing something that would not be allowed in the UK. We have seen people working with power lines balance precariously on ladders with only a single leg resting delicately against the pole. Or the mopeds with toddlers standing on the front or clinging onto their parents back. Or any moped loaded with up to 4 people and all sizes of cargo.
The second health and safety warning was about washing your hands after cutting chilies. This warning is worth repeating as later in the course a fellow classmate managed to get chilies in his eye and it looked sore for a good 30 minutes after he managed to rinse it out!
The evening was great with a good social atmosphere and a fun bunch of people. All of the dishes are quite quick and easy to make and delicious.
Below are pictures of the food we prepared:
Thai noodle soup
Tom Kha Khai (coconut milk soup)
Stir fried cashew nut with chicken
Banana in coconut milk
Sticky rice with mango