For our final 24-hour interval inwards Chiang Mai, nosotros decided to stimulate got a Thai cooking class. We had such a expert sense cooking inwards Vietnam, nosotros tried it again. And who doesn’t honey Thai food?!
This lady was carving bars of soap, as well as selling them, every morn inwards the hotel lobby. The girls were absolutely mesmerized! She was really fast, too. It took well-nigh v minutes for her to carve i bar.
She also painted them. I loved the brilliant colors.
Eva chose this every bit her souvenir on our final day.
Now, on to the cooking school. Riding inwards the dorsum of a truck is live as well as good inwards Thailand!
Upon arrival, nosotros had a quick lesson well-nigh dissimilar spices as well as herbs unremarkably used inwards Thai cooking. Also, the secrets of making perfect glutinous rice.
Next, a trip to the market. We had Thomas from France, Carrie from China, as well as Christina as well as Elbin from Texas, inwards our group. We actually honey talking amongst swain travelers on our adventures. Everyone ever has such interesting stories to share!
Follow the xanthous brick road…..
We ever relish exploring a market, as well as this i was no exception. I was specially intrigued amongst this “soup starter”. You purchase this piddling parcel of ingredients, throw it inwards your soup base, as well as you lot stimulate got instant seasoned broth. There was lemongrass, ginger, turmeric as well as another stuff.
The vegetables ever await therefore fresh as well as fantastic.
Many dissimilar rice varieties.
Some really fresh fish!
Lots of beautiful as well as exotic fruit.
I was actually intrigued amongst this pocketbook of coconut, too. The kokosnoot was finely Blue Planet as well as you lot could literally squelch the milk out of the flesh. This was how nosotros got the base of operations for i of our soups.
Anyone for a crab that is yet moving?
After nosotros gathered all of our ingredients, nosotros took a piddling pause earlier the cooking began.
The get-go dish, gai pad med mamuang himmapan, or cashew chicken (whew!).
We prepped the ingredients,
as well as therefore to the wok’s to get together the dish. I slightly panicked at this part. I didn’t know my girls would stimulate got their ain pan of hot oil! (In Vietnam, nosotros prepped each dish, as well as a helper cooked everything.)
The staff started to assistance the girls cook, every bit I couldn’t laid upwardly as well as assistance at the same time. At i point, I was inches away from dropping the entire pan, grease as well as all, all over myself as well as Ella. I’m yet praising God for saving us from that one!
After nosotros made each dish, nosotros sat downward to consume it earlier making the adjacent dish. We didn’t attention for this timing much. In Vietnam, nosotros made everything, as well as therefore sat downward for a big feast at the end. Since I was yet reeling from my near-grease-burn-incident, I forgot to stimulate got a motion painting of the cashew chicken. It was really good, all things considered. This was the pad Thai the other grouping made, as well as it was belike the best I’d had patch inwards Thailand.
Up next, saltation rolls. We also made these inwards Vietnam as well as they differed inwards ii ways. Here, nosotros sauteed the ingredients get-go rather than piece of occupation out them raw. And nosotros also used a wheat wrapper here, rather than a rice wrapper.
The girls actually enjoyed the wrapping process.
When nosotros went to fry the saltation rolls, as well as I saw the wok FULL of hot fossil oil this time, I had to seat my human foot down, the girls weren’t going close it! Not to get upwardly everyone standing at that topographic point barefoot, was definitely cringe-worthy. And, this coming from somebody who is definitely non considered a security freak!
The finished production was amazing, though!
Our adjacent dish was tom kaa gai, or chicken inwards kokosnoot milk.
This soup was fabulous! I loved the kicking from the chilies as well as the tangy-ness of the lime. I volition brand this i time again at home.
And our final dish was the pop dish kao soy, Chiang Mai curry amongst noodles. I actually loved this i too. But, I was therefore stuffed at this point, I couldn’t consume much more. I can’t hold off to brand this one, every bit well.
Jack fruit for dessert. It has an interesting, mild flavor.
The truck ride domicile was long! We had to driblet off a few dissimilar people at their hotels, as well as nosotros were last. It took over an hr to larn dorsum as well as nosotros were hot!
Nothing similar a piddling puddle fourth dimension to fighting the heat.
Ahhhh, at last!
So, although the nutrient was good, nosotros did non attention for the pacing of the cooking schoolhouse as well as would non recommend it for kids. As I was cooking, I catch “I’m on vacation, what am I doing over a hot stove?” So, nosotros may stimulate got a pause from cooking course of teaching for awhile. (I went to a cooking course of teaching inwards New Orleans amongst my sisters, as well as it was to a greater extent than of a demonstration. The human being cooked as well as nosotros ate, drank as well as were merry. I intend that is to a greater extent than my speed.)
Anyway, Matt had the non bad catch that nosotros should stimulate got the overnight prepare to our adjacent destination, Bangkok. That sense deserves its ain blog….