Vince enjoyed his Thai cooking class so much at the Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre, that he wanted to go again…..this time having me try cooking and he would be my helper! So at 9.30am, after breakfast, we were collected and taken to the cooking school. Some of the staff (Art, JJ and Kaew) recognised us from last time and thanked us for coming back again.
It was a full house today with lots of people doing the full course. Over the course of the day we met some really interesting travellers….a couple from Denmark, Nick (Pakastani Chef) and Liv (his Danish girlfriend) who are set on ending up in Sydney on a residency visa…… a fun group from England…Tom who is getting married next year and works raising funds for a charity, Ben and Tanya (archeologist) who have just moved to Fife in Scotland……. a group from gorgeous people from Germany….Leslie and Dennis and their friend Julie, all Architects, who have quit their jobs to travel for 6 months in South East Asia….. a couple of Aussies from Melbourne, Georgette and Ari, who at psychology students and David – an Aussie from Newcastle, who is here for a week whilst his wife does a hypnotherapy course…… the USA were also represented with Jeremy, Tatyana and Ben, all in IT and Mo from France in the Champagne region, who works for a US Insurance firm in Geneva. There were some other people there also but we didn’t get a chance to know them. I estimate at least 20 – 25 people….all three work stations were operating.
We decided to make different dishes from the last time so I made Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup (Tom Kha Gai), Massaman Curry Paste (Namprik Gaeng Masaman), Massaman Curry with Chicken (Masaman Gai), Fried Cashew Nut with Chicken (Gai Pud Met Mar Mooung), Chicken Satay (Kai Satay) and Fried Banana with Thick Coconut Toffee (Glooay Tord) and Ice Cream. I have to say that my soup, whilst tasty, paled into insignificance compared with Vince’s Tom Yum Goong from last time. My Massaman Curry (Masaman Gai) was a hit….on par with his Kieow Wan from last time and we were divided on the Fried Cashew Nut and Chicken (Gai Pud Met Mar Mooung)…..Vince really liked it, I was not so fussed. The appetiser of Chicken Satay (Kai Satay) was delicious and the Fried Banana (Glooay Tord) and Ice-cream was really good! We were stuffed by the end….so much so I didn’t have any dinner, although Vince still manage some dinner at Panda House with the boys.
I was awarded my certificate for the day and it was another wonderful experience in Chiang Mai. We joked that now we can open a Thai restaurant – with only 6 dishes on the menu! LOL