was taking a cooking class at the Thai Farm Cooking School. For 1500 baht (about $43) you get to spend a whole day learning about Thai food and how to cook it. It's a complete hands-on experience. In addition to being a whole-day activity, for the money you get to eat your heart out with dish after dish that you make. Enough for a very filling lunch, snacks, and you'll probably be so full you won't really need dinner that night. I never have considered myself much of a cook, really because I haven't had the opportunity to practice much. In South Korea going out to eat is so good and affordable, and my kitchen is so small, so cooking isn't that great of an option. So, before this cooking class, I knew it was going to be fun. But since I'm not a good cook, I thought the food I was going to be making wouldn't be anything special. Boy, I was so wrong! The food I ate during this class was some of the best food I had in Thailand. Maybe it was because all of the ingredients are fresh from the organic farm right there, picked probably the day before. Each dish was just so delicious and fresh.
The day starts out with a trip to the local market, where you get to learn about the curry paste that you will be making, Thai rice, and also coconut milk. It was very interesting just seeing the variety of products and vegetables for sale, and we had time to buy some fresh juice there as well. After visiting the market we went to the organic farm, and they showed us some of the vegetables and herbs that were being grown, and how they impact the flavors in Thai food. After enjoying some refreshing tea, we started right away with making our curry paste. This was a bit of an arm working with smashing the peppers and ingredients to make the paste in the Thai mortar and pestle, but finally I was able to smash my paste into an acceptable consistency. We each had our own cooking stations, and were told each step by our funny instructor (she made us crack up all day with jokes!) We then proceeded to make 6 different dishes. A curry dish, some stir fry dishes, pad thai, and a scrumptious coconut milk desert. She even helped us learn how to present each dish in a pretty way. If you look at my pictures, it's hard to believe that I made those dishes and presented them so nicely! The teacher really made the steps very easy. There were also other helpful staff that did all of our dishes for us as we went along. That really makes the cooking so much more fun! ;) We got a cook book at the end of the day as well so we can try to cook the dishes, as well as other Thai dishes we didn't get to make that day, at home. While cooking the dishes there was fun, easy, and delicious, I think if I tried to do it at home without everything laid out in front of me so easily it would be a little harder. But, overall I left feeling like a better cook, I got to learn a lot about Thai food during the process, and I had one day of delicious eating. If you go to Chiang Mai, the Thai Farm cooking school is not to be missed!
Go to their website to make a reservation! It was so much fun! www.thaifarmcooking.net/home/#.WPhVOtLyiUk