We enjoyed our cooking class in Ko Lanta so much that we decided to try a northern Thai cooking class while in Chiang Mai. We were picked up at our guesthouse by Siam Rice Cooking School and started off the day at a local market. Our instructor showed us some of the local ingredients and then we had some time to wonder around the open air market before continuing on to the cooking school.
The school was located outside of the old city in a local village. Our group of 12 each chose what we wanted to cook off of a list of options. We would be cooking 6 items each. Our first dish was a soup. Simone chose Spicy Soup with Sweet Basil and Jason chose Hot and Creamy Soup with Chicken. Both were delicious! It was amazing to watch the cooking instructor explain to the group the steps since almost everyone was making something different. The nice thing about Thai food is that most dishes start with the same base ingredients and then something is added or omitted to make an entirely different dish!
After eating our soup and chatting with the others in the group we were back to cook dish number 2, noodles. We both chose to do drunken noodles although one was vegetarian. This was fun to make, but neither of us loved it. However that didn’t stop us from eating the entire plate!
Next up was Curry Paste. Simone made green curry paste while Jason made a red curry paste. After some hard work pounding the paste together we created our curry dish. Jason made a Northern Style Pumpkin Curry and Simone made a Green Curry with Tofu. Then it was time to eat again! The curry dishes were absolutely delicious.
Back to the kitchen! The next dish was a Stir Fry. Jason chose Chicken with Cashew Nuts and Simone chose Fried Ginger with Tofu. This was a high heat dish with lots of fire. We felt like pros since we had made a similar dish in Ko Lanta.
Last up we made our Appetizer and Dessert. Simone chose fried spring rolls and Mango Sticky Rice, while Jason tried a Chicken Salad with Mango and Sticky Rice with Young Coconut. We all tried our best to finish our last 2 dishes and mostly succeeded!
The cooking class was great. The instructor had a very different teaching style than our past class so we learned some different techniques and we are glad to have done the 2 different courses. This one was very different since everyone chose what they wanted to make. At times it was a bit chaotic, but it was nice to be able to share and try other dishes. Siam Rice Cooking School was almost ½ the price of the school in Ko Lanta and also came with a recipe book. It was a long, filling day that we both enjoyed very much.