Chiang Mai is home to some of the tastiest Thai food around. With so many different spices, and flavours, the two of us had always wondered what it would be like to cook up some of our favourite authentic Thai cuisines ourselves. We chose to take a half day cooking class at Grandmas Home Cooking School and we had the most incredible time! Keep reading to find out what a half day cooking class at Grandma’s Home Cooking School entails!
GRANDMA’S HOME COOKING SCHOOL
Pick Up- Since the cooking school itself is about a 25 minute drive away from the main city of Chiang Mai, the school actually offers both pick up and drop off from your hotel. This is such a great feature!
Local Market- Before arrived to Grandmas Home grounds, your chef, in our case Joy, will take you to a traditional Thai market where you can spend the morning exploring and learning about the various ingredients you will be working with throughout the day. We learned all about the different styles of rice, the spices that go into Thai cooking, as well as the importance of fresh ingredients.
Arrive to the beautiful grounds go Grandmas Home Cooking School. Once there you are given a welcome refreshment of water and coffee and a chance to relax while your station is set up.
A personal tour of the organic family farm where the majority of the ingredients used to cook with are from. They have a gorgeous garden filled with fresh, organic vegetables, herbs, and even chickens. We got to learn about all the different types of ingredients, how they grow and we also got to feed the chickens!
Start cooking! The first course we cooked was soup. George made a delicious Tom Yum soup (his favourite Thai dish) and I made a Thai Coconut Prawn soup that was out of this world. I am not joking when I say it quite literally was the best soup I had ever had and I was in total shock that I actually made it. It also was probably my favourite dish of the day.
Time to eat! Sit, relax and enjoy the delicious soups you just made.
Second Course! We cooked up Thai Green Curry and Penang Curry. It is amazing how many different spices and flavours go into a proper curry! Also get ready for some sore arms. Grinding all the spices and herbs into the perfect paste takes time.
Third Course: Time for Pad Thai! Using a traditional wok we cooked up some delicious Pad Thai- one with chicken, the other shrimp. Keep in mind you can also make any dish vegetarian upon request!
Eat and Enjoy! Spend the rest of the afternoon eating your amazing creations. Followed by a sweet mango sticky rice to end the meal!
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