During my first visit to Chiang Mai, I enrolled in Thai cooking classes in Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School (while my friend accompanied me as a guest). I went back to do another session, this time with the boyfie.
While I have thought of trying out other cooking schools, I tried contacting Asia Scenic first and they responded quickly via email. We took a half-day morning class from 9:00AM to 1:00PM for 800 baht (Php 1064) per person. It includes all the ingredients we will be using, the kitchen facilities, a market tour, a cookbook and pick-up and drop-off to/from the accommodations.
As a tradition, our instructor Pui served us Mieng Kham, which represents the flavors of Thai cuisine. Our group is a mix of visitors from other countries and they were a friendly bunch. We were allowed to choose 2 categories out of 5 and we chose Stir-Fried and Soup, along with Curry Paste, Curry and Spring Roll.
Before we started cooking, we were given a short introduction to Thai herbs and a quick tour to the local market.
For Stir-Fried, I cooked Cashew Nuts with Chicken while the boyfie cooked Hot Basil Stir-Fried.
|Cashew Nuts with Chicken|
For the spring rolls, our teacher had the filling prepared by two of our classmates. However, we were taught how to properly wrap and deep fry spring roll.
For Soup, I chose to cook Tom Yum while the boyfie tried cooking Tom Sab. Tom Yum is a spicy and sour soup, usually with shrimp while Tom Sab is a clear hot and sour soup usually with beef.
|Tom Sab (Photo by Aaron)|
For the curry paste, our class was divided into groups: Red Curry, Green Curry and Massaman Curry. Each group has to make their own curry paste from scratch. I think the boyfie enjoyed that part a lot.
|Red Curry Paste|
After making our curry paste, we went back to the stoves to cook our curry dishes. The boyfie cooked Khao Soi Noodles while I cooked Panang Curry. Khao Soi Noodles is a Chiang Mai noodle dish while Panang Curry is known for being the mildest curry (I'm such a coward. LOL)
|Khao Soi Noodles|
Our cooking class was absolutely fun. We made a few friends, tried each other's dishes, shared travel stories and learned to cook Thai dishes. I would love to recreate these dishes and share the recipes on the blog soon. :)
Note: 1 Baht = Php 1.33
Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School
31 Rachadumneon Soi 5,