We Cook in Chiang Mai

Thai cooking class

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.

Market in Chiang Mai

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.

Thai cooking course

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.

Thai transportation

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:

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

Papaya salad

Papaya Salad

Thai noodle soup

Thai Noodle Soup

Tom Kha Khai (coconut milk soup)

Coconut Soup

Stir fried cashew nut with chicken

Chicken and cashew nut stir fry

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Panang Curry

Parang curry

Massaman Curry

Massaman curry

Banana in coconut milk

Banana in coconut milk

Sticky rice with mango

Mango Sticky Rice

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One Response to We Cook in Chiang Mai

  1. Shona says:

    Looking forward to trying these dishes! x

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