We just go back to our hotel room after a really fun day!
One of the popular things to do in Thailand is to go to a cooking class that teaches you how to cook local Thai dishes. There are many many different companies that do this, but Justin’s extensive research led us to “Alot of Thai: Home Cooking Class.” It is a family run business. The chef, Yui, spoke wonderful English and was a pleasure to spend the day with. Her husband, Kwan, picked us up from our hotel (in an adorable light blue VW bus), along with the rest of our group.
There were only 7 people in our class, which is taught at Yui and Kwan’s house (under the carport). It was a full day (9-5). In the morning, we made three dishes, then Yuri brought us to the outside market where she buys all the fresh produce for the class everyday. It was really interesting to be escorted through the market with someone who can tell you about all the different and exotic ingredients being sold. At the market we got fruit smoothies that were so fresh and delicious. I got coconut and Justin got pineapple. Yummmmm!
After the market, we went back to Yui’s house to learn three more dishes. This is what we made: pad Thai, hot and sour prawn soup, panaeng curry, stir fried chicken with cashew, spring rolls, and mango sticky rice. Everything was delicious. You can tell that Yui really has a passion for cooking authentic Thai food with fresh ingredients. She was a great instructor!
It was also fun to get to know the people in our class. There was one 40ish couple from Canada who is spending 3 weeks in Thailand and 1 week in Vietnam. One girl said that she and her husband got married in August, quit their jobs, and have been traveling for the past 6 months. She was from California. The other couple (also from California) were retired and have been doing some extensive traveling. It was fun to share stories about different places we have been.
I’m so glad that we did this. It was a great introduction to Thailand, it’s food, and culture!!