This is a dream come true for a foodie on a culinary journey.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Let’s learn how to fish! Let’s face it. If you want to know about Thai food, there’s no better way to get up close and personal with Thai cuisine than diving headfirst into learning how to do it yourself. We figure that taking myself to Silom Thai Cooking School was a good step forward in learning the culinary basics of Thai food.
The director, Sanusi takes us into the world of a hustling local fresh food market with our little wicker baskets. He starts to explain the key ingredients that go into all Thai cooking: garlic, shallots and chilli –the trinity of ingredients in all dishes used to make paste, a starting point for many Thai dishes. So now you know!
When we headed to the school, we start to learn the preparation process; much of it consisted of pounding herbs and spices with a mortar and pestle on the floor. Then on went the aprons as we hit up our own stove stations with our woks and spatulas. Among the dishes we made were Tom Kha Gai (chicken coconut soup), a spicy noodle salad, red curry, fish cakes and for dessert, sweet banana in coconut milk.
The Tom Kha Gai stood out for me. It was interesting to see how the ingredients we brought back from the markets blended together so seamlessly to make this silky soup-like curry boasting unique sour and chilli accents and bursting with intense flavour.
We got to sit down and enjoy our own creations after we dished them up. There was something about cooking it myself that made it that much more delicious. But enough of that, the tastiness is owed to the freshness of the ingredients we bought that morning. Your stomach will thank you later.
This is a dream come true for a foodie on a culinary journey. The cultural cooking methods and the century old traditional aromas will now be in your cooking repertoire, ready to be made into masterpieces by you. Or so I’d like to believe!
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