You can always learn about a country and it's culture through the food. We try to participate in a cooking class or market tour in every place we visit to really ground in and begin to understand how people live in other parts of the world. The Thai Cooking 101 class we found at Basil Cookery in Chiang Mai, Thailand was the perfect blend of traditional foods with a healthy spin.
Located in the hip neighborhood of Nimmanhaemin, just outside the old city, class starts with a market tour to shop for all the ingredients in the 7-course cooking class. (Yes - you better be hungry!) Classes are either led by Boom, a beautiful Thai women who speaks very clear English, or her husband Tom, with all recipes passed down from her mother and adapted to make them healthier by cooking with less oils, more spices, and using organic ingredients.
With so many choices, we opted for the the following menu: Tofu Drunken Noodles, Red Curry with Bamboo Shoots, Hot & Sour Prawn, Stir fried vegetables with Holy Basil, Papaya Salad, Red Curry paste and Mango Sticky Rice. Whether you are a gourmet chef or just learning like us, anyone can follow the classes directions and whip up a delicious selection of Thai flavor combinations. Sitting to eat between every course left us wanting to take a long walk back to our hotel. We received a cookbook and graduation certificate at the end of the session and cannot wait to try these dishes back home.
COST: 1,000 Baht per person LENGTH: 5 hours
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