I enjoyed my cooking class in Vietnam so much that I decided to try a class in Thailand. After all, I love Thai food in the US and it would be great to make some of the dishes that I enjoy in the comfort of no bra. So I booked a half day class through Viator to go to Mama Noi Thai Cookery School. I could have booked a full day class, the only difference was that in the full day class I would have made 6 dishes instead of 4 in the half day class. No matter which class you choose, at the end of the course they give you a lovely printed cookbook with all of the recipes (even the ones you didn't cook) as a take home souvenir. Cookbook for the win!
Much like the class in Vietnam, they first took us on a small tour of the market. The market in Chiang Mai was SO DIFFERENT than the one in Vietnam. The Thai market was much more like a farmer's market. There were fresh fruits and veggies on offer, as well as people cooking on site. The guide showed us a few of the native fruits and gave us some time to wander around. After the market they took us to the school to start cooking. It's important to note that all of these classes are done outdoors. There is no AC and at this particular school there were dogs running around while we cooked. If the thought of being hot and surrounded by animals is not your jam then this may not be the activity for you. With that being said, I was never overheated and the dogs were adorable.
They gave us a choice of 3 dishes from 3 sections. I chose Pad Thai, Tom Yum Koong, and Kho Soi. I have never had Kho Soi before visiting Thailand. It is a dish native to northern Thailand and I immediately became obsessed with it. It is basically curry paste, coconut milk, egg noodles, with fried egg noodles on top. It is served with pickled cabbage and other spices that you can add to taste. I'm pretty sure I had Kho Soi daily the entire time I was in Chiang Mai. I wish I had some right now to be honest! The Thai dishes were a bit more complicated than the Vietnamese dishes but were equally delicious. Here are some photos:
Upper left is Tom Yum Koong. Lower is Pad Thai.
Tom Yum Koong ingredients
This B Cooks! With ingredients for Pad Thai.
The red stuff is curry paste that we made by hand. These ingredients were for the Kho Soi.
Making curry paste by hand is really hard work!! You must mash up all of the ingredients for 5-10 minutes to get the right consistency. My shoulder hurts just thinking about it!
This is a photo of Kho Soi from a restaurant called The Glass House. This was the first time I tried Kho Soi! The Kho Soi I made was never plated as I was way too full to eat it at the school. But is did made a delicious dinner for later that evening!
Thai iced tea. It's just strong brewed tea, sweetened condensed milk, and regular milk.
If you are interested in cooking then I definitely recommend this class. The instructor spoke English well and was helpful if you had questions about techniques. I will definitely try to reproduce some of these dishes when I'm back in the US. Do you have a favorite Thai dish? Let me know in the comments!