Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai

The best Thai food from our trip. And we cooked it ourselves!

We decided to check off one of my long awaited bucket list wish and, at the same time, tackle one of Gerard’s life’s greatest challenges – cooking. It’s not that he can’t cook. He just hasn’t found his calling until now. So we signed up for a full day cooking class in Chiang Mai with Siam Rice Thai Cookery.

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Our day started with pigging out on a mountain of fried pork fat! Not really, but we did get to sample some during our market visit where we got schooled on the different ingredients and herbs used for Thai cooking. Let’s see, there’s lemon grass and tumeric, kaffir lime and lots and lots of basil – sweet basil, holy basil, lemon basil.

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We want to try everything on the menu, so naturally, we split between our favorite dishes by category. No use in two people making pad thai. :)

1. Soup

First up is soup and I had my heart set on hot and sour soup otherwise known as tom yum soup. Gerard selected the hot and creamy soup which is almost identical to mine except his has coconut milk instead of coconut juice.

I love Thai method of cook – throw everything in the pot of high heat and NOT stir. Thai people don’t stir, says Sim our cooking teacher.

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2. Noodles

This was a no brainer. We picked our favorites dishes when it came to the noodles – pad thai and pad see eew. Gerard’s pad thai came out just as we’d hope. It was delicious. Mine, not so much. It was good, but not great. The texture of the thick noodles were a bit too mushy.

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By the time we finished our soup and noodles, we were completely stuffed. Then I realized we still have another 4 dishes to cook and, of course, eat. Food overload!

3. Make Curry Paste

I suck at making curry paste. But in my defense, Sim did say Penang curry paste takes the longest since you need to pound it to a fine mush. After a good 10 minute arm pounding work out, Sim called in backup to help me finish. Fail!

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4. Cook a Curry from your Curry Paste

Gerard picked red curry with pumpkin while I selected the Penang curry – the one with the difficult paste. Of the two, I liked Gerard’s more. Mine was too spicy but then again, I was the one that added the chili while Gerard added more sugar and coconut milk. Our friend Joe cooked a delicious green curry that honestly had me drooling. Probably the best of the three.

5. Appetizer

If you’re in the half day class, you would not be able to make papaya salad. I convinced Gerard to take on the spring rolls mostly because I wanted to see him roll a spring roll. LOL

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I was very impress with Gerard’s rolling technique even if his didn’t turn out as uniformed as his teacher. Can you guess which rolls are his?

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6. Stir Fried Vegetables

Stir fried vegetables is really stir fried chicken. I chose the fried holy basil with chicken because the other two option had ginger and sweet & sour flavoring – neither of which I’m a fan of. Gerard decided on chicken with cashew nut which is probably the only non-spicy dish of the day other than dessert. He didn’t have a problem eating this one all by himself.

7. Thai Dessert

You can’t get more ‘Thai dessert’ than mango with sticky rice. I opted for the sticky rice with young coconut which ended up tasting like Gerard’s sticky rice only creamier. Gerard’s mango help to cut the coconut-y taste.

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And even though I failed at making curry paste, I still got my certificate of completion!

Our time in Chiang Mai has been filled with nothing short of incredible experiences. We cuddled with baby tigers and bathed rescued elephants (which we’ll write about later). Let’s not forget, celebrated one kickass Songkran too. Partaking in a cooking class was the icing on the cake and a perfect way to cap our time here in Chiang Mai.

You Should Know
  • The half day course consist of soup, noodle, curry paste and curry. Appetizer, stir fry and dessert are only offered in the full day course.
  • The full day course costs $900BHT but there are also half day and evening courses available.
  • Do not eat before your cooking class.
  • Don’t bother to take notes, Siam Rice provides recipe books to take home.

 

What Thai dish would you like to learn how to cook?

 

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  • Anonymous

    Yum yum yum! I had mango sticky rice at a great Thai-Vietnamese fusion place in Sacramento last week–it was incredible, but nothing like the basic, on-a-styrofoam plate in the middle of the street like you can get in Chiang Mai! Looks like fun :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo we must visit Sac-town when we get back. I’m craving for some mango sticky rice. Lol

  • camorose

    Yum yum yum! I had mango sticky rice at a great Thai-Vietnamese fusion place in Sacramento last week–it was incredible, but nothing like the basic, on-a-styrofoam plate in the middle of the street like you can get in Chiang Mai! Looks like fun :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo we must visit Sac-town when we get back. I’m craving for some mango sticky rice. Lol

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    This is on my Bucket List! I would LOVE to do something like this.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Andi I think I’m hooked! I want to do a cooking class in every country we visit now. Lol. Might try one in Vietnam. 😉

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    This is on my Bucket List! I would LOVE to do something like this.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Andi I think I’m hooked! I want to do a cooking class in every country we visit now. Lol. Might try one in Vietnam. 😉

  • http://www.tanamatales.com/ Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    I have done some cooking classes by myself. Would love to attend one with my husband. Looks like Thailand is the place to have a great class.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yea I thought I’d have to drag G but turns out, he was just as excited as I was because he loves Thai food. Find a cuisine your husband enjoys eating. 😉

  • http://www.tanamatales.com/ Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    I have done some cooking classes by myself. Would love to attend one with my husband. Looks like Thailand is the place to have a great class.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yea I thought I’d have to drag G but turns out, he was just as excited as I was because he loves Thai food. Find a cuisine your husband enjoys eating. 😉

  • http://www.wanderingunstuck.com/ Lindsey

    Wow, I definitely have to go here when I get to Thailand! Looks like you guys had a great time!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lindsey, the cooking class was one of the highlights (among many) for us in Thailand. You’ll love it!

  • http://www.chasingthewild.com/ Lindsey

    Wow, I definitely have to go here when I get to Thailand! Looks like you guys had a great time!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lindsey, the cooking class was one of the highlights (among many) for us in Thailand. You’ll love it!

  • Cassie

    Everything you made looks amazing and looks like you had a blast! This is something I definitely want to do when I visit Thailand. BTW I’m terrible at rolling foods, too — sushi, spring rolls, burritos..you guys are pros!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m afraid it might not turn out as pretty when we get home and do it ourselves. LOL. Gerard did better than I thought on the rolls. Haha

  • http://www.everintransit.com/ Cassie

    Everything you made looks amazing and looks like you had a blast! This is something I definitely want to do when I visit Thailand. BTW I’m terrible at rolling foods, too — sushi, spring rolls, burritos..you guys are pros!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m afraid it might not turn out as pretty when we get home and do it ourselves. LOL. Gerard did better than I thought on the rolls. Haha

  • http://technosyncratic.com Technosyncratic

    Nom nom nom nom…. you’re making me hungry!! Last night we made cashew chicken and coconut soup for dinner, both of which we learned in our cooking class in CM! These classes, they just keep on giving…. :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Was it good? I’m curious how our food will turn out when we get home and try to make it ourselves. Lol

  • http://technosyncratic.com Technosyncratic

    Nom nom nom nom…. you’re making me hungry!! Last night we made cashew chicken and coconut soup for dinner, both of which we learned in our cooking class in CM! These classes, they just keep on giving…. :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Was it good? I’m curious how our food will turn out when we get home and try to make it ourselves. Lol

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca/ Ayngelina

    One of my favourite memories of Thailand was my cooking class, such a great way to learn the culture and bring something practical home.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m definitely looking into cooking classes where ever I go now. It was a lot of fun. And delicious.

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca/ Ayngelina

    One of my favourite memories of Thailand was my cooking class, such a great way to learn the culture and bring something practical home.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m definitely looking into cooking classes where ever I go now. It was a lot of fun. And delicious.

  • http://www.20yearshence.com/ Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    Your dishes all look so wonderful! I love to cook at home, and I even try my hand at Thai food every now and then but I never seem to get the flavors quite right. One of the things that I’m most excited to do on my upcoming RTW trip is take a some cooking classes, particularly in Thailand. For 900 baht, it looks like you got to cook up one heck of a feast!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Remember in Thai cooking.. high heat and don’t stir. Plus the spices and herbs they use are so local I think it’s hard to replicate back home but you’ll gain so much out of the cooking class, you might get close. I have yet to try. 😉 Let us know how it goes!

  • http://www.20yearshence.com/ Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    Your dishes all look so wonderful! I love to cook at home, and I even try my hand at Thai food every now and then but I never seem to get the flavors quite right. One of the things that I’m most excited to do on my upcoming RTW trip is take a some cooking classes, particularly in Thailand. For 900 baht, it looks like you got to cook up one heck of a feast!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Remember in Thai cooking.. high heat and don’t stir. Plus the spices and herbs they use are so local I think it’s hard to replicate back home but you’ll gain so much out of the cooking class, you might get close. I have yet to try. 😉 Let us know how it goes!

  • http://mslistologist.com Annette | Bucket List Journey

    I just took a cooking class in Spain and learned how to make Paella, but not I must learn how to make those springs rolls too! And possibly a mound of that fried pork fat :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Omigod, that’s seriously something I want to learn how to make – paella!

  • http://bucketlistjourney.net/ Annette

    I just took a cooking class in Spain and learned how to make Paella, but not I must learn how to make those springs rolls too! And possibly a mound of that fried pork fat :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Omigod, that’s seriously something I want to learn how to make – paella!

  • http://www.tammyandchrisonthemove.blogspot.com/ TammyOnTheMove

    It is on my bucket list too! Oh and the sweet sticky rice with mango is just the best. I learned how to cook it at a Cambodian cooking school. Do you know if they have courses for vegetarians as well?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yes! They also customize your dishes if you’re allergic to seafood or nuts and of course, if you’re veggie. Just give them a heads up either before or when you arrive 😀

  • http://www.tammyandchrisonthemove.blogspot.com/ TammyOnTheMove

    It is on my bucket list too! Oh and the sweet sticky rice with mango is just the best. I learned how to cook it at a Cambodian cooking school. Do you know if they have courses for vegetarians as well?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yes! They also customize your dishes if you’re allergic to seafood or nuts and of course, if you’re veggie. Just give them a heads up either before or when you arrive 😀

  • Ldoucet

    Love it! Keep up the great photos and cooking !

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m hoping we can squeeze in a few more cooking classes on this trip. :)

  • Ldoucet

    Love it! Keep up the great photos and cooking !

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m hoping we can squeeze in a few more cooking classes on this trip. :)

  • http://livinginneverland-sandiego.blogspot.com/ cynthia

    Yum! I’d love to try cooking pad thai and either yellow or masaman curry. Those are our go to dishes when eating thai. Looks like a great day!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Pad thai was surprisingly easy. Then again I doubt I’d be able to replicate without Sim our teacher. Haha.

  • http://livinginneverland-sandiego.blogspot.com/ cynthia

    Yum! I’d love to try cooking pad thai and either yellow or masaman curry. Those are our go to dishes when eating thai. Looks like a great day!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Pad thai was surprisingly easy. Then again I doubt I’d be able to replicate without Sim our teacher. Haha.

  • http://theresnoplacelikeoz.com/ Heather

    This looks like so much fun and something I’d definitely do with Gavin — in fact, I’d probably want to take a cooking class wherever we go :-) Thanks for sharing about the experience! And now I’m hungry :-)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      True. There are many cooking classes being taught wherever we visit from India to Japan to Vietnam. We picked Thailand because well… who doesn’t like Thai food?

  • http://theresnoplacelikeoz.com/ Heather

    This looks like so much fun and something I’d definitely do with Gavin — in fact, I’d probably want to take a cooking class wherever we go :-) Thanks for sharing about the experience! And now I’m hungry :-)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      True. There are many cooking classes being taught wherever we visit from India to Japan to Vietnam. We picked Thailand because well… who doesn’t like Thai food?

  • Kelly Sok

    I LOVE THIS! Great job, guys! Can you guys host a thai dinner when you come home? 😛 Definitely on my list of todo’s!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      If we remember everything! =P At least I can try making some mango sticky rice. :)

  • Kelly Sok

    I LOVE THIS! Great job, guys! Can you guys host a thai dinner when you come home? 😛 Definitely on my list of todo’s!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      If we remember everything! =P At least I can try making some mango sticky rice. :)

  • Jessieq

    I’m heading to Chiang Mai in a few days and this sounds awesome, I totally want to do it now! Thanks for the tip, guys :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh you’re going to absolutely love it! Such a great way to soak in a culture. And the food is delicious to boot!

      • Jessieq

        just got back from siam rice a few hours ago — i don’t think i’ll need to eat again before leaving chiang mai!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

          LOL.. that good huh?! 😉

  • Jessieq

    I’m heading to Chiang Mai in a few days and this sounds awesome, I totally want to do it now! Thanks for the tip, guys :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh you’re going to absolutely love it! Such a great way to soak in a culture. And the food is delicious to boot!

      • Jessieq

        just got back from siam rice a few hours ago — i don’t think i’ll need to eat again before leaving chiang mai!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

          LOL.. that good huh?! 😉

  • Roisin Dooley

    I will be in Chiang Mai in August and I will definitely be doing this. And the food looks great!

  • Roisin Dooley

    I will be in Chiang Mai in August and I will definitely be doing this. And the food looks great!

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