For the first time since our trip began, our family split up and tackled different activities. Charlie and I signed up for a vegan cooking class lead by Thailand’s leading vegetarian chef, May Kaidee. May owns a couple of highly rated vegetarian restaurants in Bangkok that we ate at no fewer than four times. Her all-you-can-eat $5 buffet is the best meal I’ve had so far. The food was so enticing, I had to learn how to make it for myself.
Okay, allow me to brag for a moment. With the guidance of our cooking school instructor, Charlie and I cooked several dishes and – I swear – it was best Thai food we’ve ever eaten. We were astonished that we could produce dishes that were so tasty and authentic! We rolled out of there at the end of our lesson, stuffed with food and knowledge. If you ever come to Thailand, be sure to sign up for a cooking class!
We opted for the extended class which included a trip to the local market, making six dishes at the wok (alternating between partners, so Charlie and I each got to cook three times), watching the preparation of six other sauces & dishes and finally taking a turn at making fresh spring rolls. We were given a booklet of recipes to bring home and the tooth fairy brought Charlie the full cookbook in exchange for two lost teeth.
We can’t wait to make some delicious Thai food for friends and family! If it doesn’t come out right, I’ll have to blame the lack of fresh, authentic ingredients, such as galangal, kaffir leaves, Thai basil, although I hope to acquire those things at an Asian supermarket at home. Who’s ready to come over for Tom Kha Soup, Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice?