Thai Cooking Class | Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Recipe book

One of the things you should do in Thailand is to take a cooking class. You can learn how Thai food is cooked and will be more familiar with ingredients. But most of all, you will be able to cook them at home, which I really wanted to do, because I knew I was going to miss all the delicious food in Thailand.

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Ingredients were ready

We booked a cooking course online, and a staff picked us up at our hostel. There were 8 people in our group, including the ones from U.S., Germany, and Taiwan. First we went to a local market close to the cookery school, and our teacher taught us names of different kinds of ingredients, and how they are used in dishes according to each occasion.

Chicken Cashew Nut, my favorite Thai food of all time

Cooking Chicken Cashew Nut, my favorite Thai food of all time

After we came back from the market, we chose dishes we wanted to cook. These are 3 dishes in each section: main dish, soup, salad, and curry, and we picked up Chicken Cashew Nut, Tom Yum Kung, Som Tam, and Paneng Curry.

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Tom Yum Kung (Spicy and Sour Soup) and Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad)

We stood in front of the cooking table, and started chopping ingredients. We put all of them in one plate, and moved to the different room where we actually cook. Before we throw them into Wok (pan) with fish sauce, oyster sauce and other seasonings, teacher showed us how to do it. It was pretty easy, and didn’t even take 10 minutes to finish up.

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Chicken Cashew Nut

After all of the dishes were cooked, we set out table and tried them. Some of them were really good, and others were missing something, but we knew what we needed to do to make them better.

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Paneng Curry, my favorite curry in Thailand

I realized, cooking delicious Thai food is somehow miracle, since with about 10 minutes of cooking, a little more or less seasoning can change everything. That’s why there are so many different kind of tastes in one particular dish, and we always try to seek the one we like the most.

Place: Baan Thai Cookery School (Google Maps)

Courses: 1000B/person (9:40am. – 4:00 pm.), 800B/person (4:30pm. – 8:30 pm.)

Best Thai Food in Thailand | Little Eden Guesthouse, Pangmapha

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Gai Phat Kaeng Kari: Chicken with Coconut Cream & Curry with Rice (90B)

During our scooter trip around Northern Thailand, my boyfriend and I found a guesthouse in a small town, Pang Mapha (Sop Pong), on the way to Pai from Mae Hong Song. The place was in the middle of nowhere, where no tourist is around. We were driving the road noticing local gas stations aside, and all of a sudden, we found the place. It was owned by Thai lady and her Dutch husband, so the rooms and bungalows looked European themed.

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Reception/Restaurant of Little Eden Guesthouse

The Thai owner cooks all the food in here. When I first tried the dish, I was shocked because it was so delicious, more than any of the dishes I had in the past 10 months living in Thailand. Maybe because I was starved, but something was totally different. I was wondering what makes them so good, and I noticed there were corianders in almost every dishes.

Chicken Rice Soup: Traditional Thai Breakfast

Chicken Rice Soup: Traditional Thai Breakfast

When it comes to coriander, I personally don’t like it. Coriander alone has a strong flavor and can change the whole plate into a different one. But as with other spices and herbs, it makes the best. Mixed with other flavors, I didn’t even noticed there were corianders in it. I just felt a lot of different tastes in my mouth, and it was so delicious.

Tofu Oup: Fried Tofu with Eggs & Rice (70B)

Tofu Oup: Fried Tofu with Eggs & Rice (70B)

There are not only dishes on the menu the Thai lady cooks, but also home-made fudge brownies and carrot cakes. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to try them last time, but if you have any chance to drop by, let me know how it goes!

Breakfast table

Breakfast table

Bungalows: 400B/night-

Address: 295 Moo 1, T. Soppong, Pangmapha, Mae Hong Son 58150 Thailand (Google Maps)

Go to: Little Eden Guesthouse WebsiteLittle Eden Guesthouse Facebook Page