A guy we met in Turkey asked me what my international food personality was. Without a single missed beat I responded Asian, specifically Thai. I absolutely adore Thai food, in fact it was a Thai restaurant that Danny took me to on our first date. So it’s been a long history between Thai food and I and no surprise that I wanted to take a cooking class in Thailand. So we signed up for a full day cooking course, six courses including dessert. A full day of deliciousness thanks to the Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre.
The class started with a trip to the local market, which although we’ve been in hundreds of markets, was interesting to have a little discussion on the varieties of chilis and things and what they could be used for. Most interesting perhaps was the presence of Chinese snakehead fish, a significant threat to out waterways in the Mid-Atlantic area of the US. After a trip down market lane, we returned to the cooking center and started on our first dish. Fortunately mine was an easy Pad See Eew with chicken and a few minutes later I sauteed up rice noodles, chicken, garlic and some veggies. Although the texture of raw rice noodle is a little weird, a few minutes in the wok and everything was delicious.
Here’s the menu I made:
- Pad See Eew with chicken
- Green Curry (including my own paste from scratch!)
- Chicken with basil
- Spicy Papaya Salad
- Chicken in coconut milk soup
- Black sticky rice with coconut cream
Actually Thai food was really easy to make, surprisingly easy in fact that it was sort of a disappointment to have taken a whole class. Almost every dish involved some sort of stir fry technique, and the most challenging was trying to figure out the specific types of ginger and other spices in English. Nearly every type of special herb or vegetable the instructor told us wasn’t easily available in the West. Doubtful, there are enough ethnic grocery stores in America. Then again it is hard to even find quinoa in a regular store…hmm.
Of course the best part of the day was the eating. After each dish we were able to sit down and enjoy it, delicious! Becka and Danny made their own menus (we had three options in each category to choose from). The overall favorite of course was the banana’s and ice cream at the end, closely followed by the noodles, curries, oh well practically everything!