How to Cook Thai Food


August is for Adventure so today I share a cooking lesson I took while visiting Thailand this past winter. The beach is a great escape during warm August and an even better escape during a freezing cold North East Winter.  One of the best parts of Thailand is Thai food and the tourist industry knows it. There is no shortage of Thai cooking classes, but I like to think I found one of the best at Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai.

The course starts with a trip to the outdoor market to get fresh pressed coconut milk and become familiarized with thai spices, rice and curries. After that we are driven to the organic farm where we pick the herbs we will need for our dishes and begin cooking in an open air kitchen. We eat what we cook and take home the rest. It's a great social and learning experience. If you plan on going to Thailand, it should be at the top of your must-do list.

FIRST: A TRIP TO THE MARKET
Freshly Made Curry: Green, Red & Yellow

Marinated Vegetables with plastic fan overhead to keep flies away

Fish Paste - Found in many Thai dishes

Rice is an essential part of the meal and there are many to choose from

Pink eggs - Recipe here. I gravitate to anything pink...


Thai dishes are often very spicy. Even if you think you like spicy, Thai food is a whole other Ball game. I learned in this class that I like "American Spicy", NOT  Thai Spicy. So beware when ordering spicy food in Thailand.

Fresh Coconut ready to be pressed into Fresh Coconut Milk

SECOND: PICK FRESH HERBS ON THE FARM
They said the hat was for sun protection but I think it was just to keep us in our place ;)

THIRD: MAKE THAI FOOD
The key to the taste of Thai is to incorporate all spectrums of taste: Sour, Sweet, Salty and Spicy
Curry is made with a Mortar & Pestle - It is much more difficult than I ever imagined 


First Course - Tom Yam Soup with Shrimp

The Ingredients
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

Second Course - Yellow Curry Sauce with Chicken  over Rice
The Ingredients
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

Third Course - Pad Thai with Vegetables (this one I made To-Go)
The Ingredients

Fast Food in Thailand means cooking it quickly in a Wok
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

FOURTH: EAT WITH NEW FRIENDS