Phad thai and Mango sticky rice
I was looking for something unique to do with G in Bangkok and found this cooking class on the Tripadvisor city guide app. I looked for more information on their website and emailed them from our hotel room.
With no money down, they confirmed my reservation for a class two days later. They also emailed me a map for the taxi driver.
On the day itself, I made sure our hotel concierge talked to the taxi driver to explain exactly where to take us because some reviewers mentioned it could be confusing.
They are located at the end of an alleyway. The white door on the left is the entrance.
Today we were going to cook four thai favorites: Tom kha gai or chicken coconut soup, chicken in green curry, phad thai (thai noodles) and mango sticky rice.
Normally I wouldn't bother cooking these recipes at home because I'd have to search for the exotic ingredients. However, this cooking class included a trip to the wet market with Mae.
G enjoys only a few thai dishes but she was eager to learn how to make the favorite dishes of C, who is currently away at camp.
We were the only two students this morning, so we had the teacher all to ourselves.
After a quick educational trip to the market, we were back at the studio raring to cook.
In our own cooking stations, we started slicing, chopping and pounding. We were learning how to make green curry paste from scratch.
Mae explained why we were doing certain steps first than others. She has a very good command of English and her teaching manner is methodical and clear.
From my station, I kept looking over at G while we were chopping and mincing because I was nervous she would hurt herself. I had to hold my tongue and made a conscious effort not to say "careful while chopping, the knife is very sharp."
Stating the obvious wasn't going to be helpful and it might even undermine her confidence. Instead I said, "remember to curl your fingers the way tita Lita taught you", then turned my attention back to my own chopping board making sure I kept my fingers curled.
Mae taught us how to extract coconut cream and milk from freshly grated coconut
After watching and listening, it was our turn to fire up our stations--G in hers, me in mine--both minding our own woks.
From here, everything went quickly. Add this, add that. Mix a bit--add more this and that. Thai cooking always has three flavors Mae explains. "The sour comes from the tamarind paste, sweet from palm sugar and salty from fish sauce," she says as we adjust our recipes to our own taste.
Chicken in green curry
After the first two dishes, we went back upstairs to the airconditioned room where our feast awaited. I was originally planning just to taste the dishes, but both dishes were so delicious, I devoured everything.
After that lunch break, it was time to start the Phad Thai!
Like the two recipes before, the ingredients were pre-prepped and organized in our trays. We tasted those that looked unfamiliar and Mae described them.
We were also going to make the mango sticky rice at the same time.
Showing us the pre-soaked glutinous rice.
Again, Mae demo-ed the phad thai from start to finish before we did it ourselves. Reading a recipe is one thing, but being shown exactly how the steps are done is always much better.
Mae's commentary is also invaluable.
Now it's our turn!
While we were eating, I send off a Whatsapp photo to the lolas in Manila. "Look what G and I just cooked from scratch in Bangkok!"
They promptly replied "Okay, you guys are cooking for Sunday when you get back!"
Oops, me and my braggy big mouth! Were we up to the challenge?
A handcarry with thai essentials
The reviews in Travelocity were spot on. The cooking class was enjoyable because it was well-organized and Mae was an excellent teacher--thorough and patient.
It was also an experience to cook beside G like an equal and not like a hovering mom. I'm sure it was a confidence-building adventure for her.
I would take another class if I'm in Bangkok again--either with the kids or with a group of friends. It's a satisfying break from typical Bangkok shopping and sightseeing..but definitely not from eating!
Maliwan Thai Cooking Class
9 Sipsamhang Road, TaladyodTel: +66 (0) 2629 3719 (09:00-20:30)
Phranakorn , Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phranakorn , Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Mobile: +66 (0)9 0006 3824 (09:00-20:30)
Fax: +66 (0) 2528 6041