I love Thai food. Who doesn’t really? It only seems appropriate to do a cooking class while I’m here so I can try and re-create some of my favourite Thai dishes back home.
We’re going to be spending the day at the Thai Farm Cooking School. We are picked up from our hotel and meet the delightful MB (she claims her full name is too hard to pronounce). She’s a complete nutter who was making double entendres and cracking us up from the get-go.
MB takes us to a local market where she shows us various local ingredients and how they are used in Thai cooking. We’ll be using both jasmine rice and sticky rice today. MB tells us that when someone in Thailand wants to use sushi rice, they create their own version by combining regular jasmine rice with some sticky rice because it’s a cheaper alternative. Resourceful!
After the market, we head to the farm where we each have our own workstations.
All the prep work and cleaning is taken care of so all we have to focus on is perfecting the recipes. How do I get this sort of deal happening back home?
Throughout the day we prepare classic Thai dishes and then get to eat our creations which include:
We also cooked chicken & basil, papaya salad and mango sticky rice.
I am surprised at how easy the dishes are and was pleased that they all tasted pretty damn good too! MB is a great teacher.
After a day of cooking and eating, we say goodbye to the farm and head back to Chiang Mai.
Back in Vientiane, S made a friend called Abisit. Coincidentally, he is in Chiang Mai visiting his father so we meet up with him for dinner.
We take him to an Irish Bar where they are showing an AFL match and introduce him to the nuances of our fine sport 🙂
Tonight, our mission is to find a street food vendor we had heard about from Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’ series, as well as a few people. “The lady with the cowboy hat” serves up stewed pork meat and after a quick search, we find her.
The pork is served simply with rice and it’s delicious, tender goodness! Also, being in this part of the world also means it’s ridiculously cheap.
A wonderful way to spend our final night in Chiang Mai before we depart for home tomorrow.