You guys, I’m in luuuhve. With red curry, pad thai, and tom yum goong soup topped with fresh chopped cilantro.
Thai cuisine is my absolute favorite so naturally I was THRILLED to join a cooking class and learn how to make the awesomest, most heavenly tasty Thai food from scratch. This was my first cooking class, ever, and by the way self, WHY have I not been on to this activity sooner? ugh. When I saw the option in Bali, I knew I had to join one in Thailand, like, pronto.
WHO-HO-HO-HOA. A 5-COURSE MEAL?
The day began with a trip to a local market. Our appointed chef showed us across the street, past small roofed vendors and florists to the bustling market place. The group of nine food-lovers gathered around the chef as he assigned us each a basket and pointed at colorful vegetables and spices.
Lemongrass, tomato, basil, coconut, onion, a good stash of fresh herbs, and, errr, wait, lemme think.
Yeah – I think that about sums up what was in my basket.
After 20 or so minutes, we went back across the street and into the cooking school.
First step of the day was to learn about the Thai ingredients. We prepared curry paste, which is one of the most important aspects of Thai cooking, and learned how to use fresh picked herbs and whole spices to increase aroma –> very important factor.
Aroma, aroma, and more aroma!
Well, well, well, what do we have here?
To my hungry eyes it looks like fried noodles with bean sprouts and egg otherwise known as SUPERDELICIOUS pad thai. You guys. This dish. It’s one of my favorites EV-ER and I could live off of it until the end of the world.
So here I am with my first-ever home cooked pad thai. I was basically the happiest Dane alive.
Green curry-liciousness. Omg, this dish was amaaaaazing.
The curry paste, veggies and chicken is stirred, then the coconut milk and fish sauce is added, and just like that, the green curry is done.
By the way, joining a cooking class is a brilliant way to meet other travelers. I ended up hanging out with the girl next to me <— who was also a solo traveler.
And this, my friends, is why I should not have waited, err, 8 MONTHS to write this post. Dang it.
I simply cannot remember what’s in this snack-meal, but I think it was something with minced chicken… ish.
Hellooo, red curry, I’ve been waiting for you!
I made red curry with curry paste, chilis, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, and fish sauce. And a handful of fresh basil leaves to make the whole thing pretty.
Why oh why oh WHY is this soupy dish so yummy?
MANGO STICKY RICE
Color! sweetness! All on a plate.
There’s so much sweetness in this dish, and I totally fell in love when I tasted it.
Weird fact: I’ve been to Thailand countless times, but it’s the first time I’ve tried this uber-delicious dessert.
Oh, sticky rice, where have thou been all those years?!
Are you as crazy about Thai food as I am? What’s your favorite?