February 24, 2016
Location: sitting on the balcony in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Yesterday Sam and I went to the Thai Farm Cooking School to learn how to cook some Thai food. Here’s a picture of our teacher, Yummy. Yes his name is yummy and the food he helped us create was pretty damn good.
Yummy teaching us about eggplant, although the baby eggplant that we put in soup is an absolutely terrible taste in my opinion.
We started off in the morning getting picked up from our condo and then being driven to a little market to learn about where to buy some of the ingredients that we would be using during our cooking lesson.
Some of the things you can buy at a Thai market place.
When we first got to the farm, we sat down and had some fresh lemon herb tea and some water in preparation for our lesson. We started off by walking around a little bit and seeing how some of the ingredients were grown and what the plants look like before we turn them into food.
It was pretty cool to see some of the plants and to be able to smell and eat some of the freshest ingredients possible. You pull the plant out of the ground and can taste it and smell it, no pesticides needed!
Alright let’s get to the good part….eating!
Sam and I decided to split up who cooked what so that we would both learn something and we could share what we made to see what we liked best.
Here’s what my work station looked like:
Pretty simple, right? There was a little stove to the right where we cooked everything..
Some of the things I cooked were:
Tom yam kung, tom yam with shrimp
poh piah tod: springrolls
In action shot
Red Curry, sweet and sour chicken and jasmine rice with a Chang beer
and for dessert….
Kluay Bod Chii: aka Bananas in Coconut Milk
What did Sam make?
Alright, I admit I was too busy eating and making my own stuff to get all of the pictures of what Sam made and she doesn’t share as much as I do with stuff I’m doing, so here’s a few action shots I did get.
All in all, I had a great time and Sam did as well. We met some cool people as our group had a mother and daughter from Northern China, a couple from Germany, a solo girl from Germany, a girl from Bulgaria and her boyfriend and boyfriends mother and Sam and I.
It was fun to chat and share an experience with people from all over the world and see where everyone else was traveling to and where they had been. That’s always the best way to find out where I want to visit next…if enough people I meet tell me about a place that is a “must visit”, I tack it onto my to visit list!
Sure, we aren’t the best chefs in the world, but we now have a few other recipes that we can make when we have the ingredients. The only downside is that you need a lot of ingredients for the majority of these dishes that we don’t always have at the places we rent.
When we settle down and have a set house we live in, I’m sure the kitchen will be stocked with all of the spices and foods we’ll need and we’ll be able to re-create these recipes!
UPDATE: Sam’s pictures!