Yummy, Yummy in my Tummy
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
27Trip End Jan 28, 2011
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At 10 am we departed for the Chiangmai Thai Cookery School. The owner of this school has been featured in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let’s Go and many others. We began our day by attending the local open market. The teachers of the cookery school met us at the market. They took us around to the various vendors and showed us the basic ingredients of the Thai dishes. I pretty well lost any hunger at that time
Our first dish we prepared was “Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup” (Tom Kha Gai). This is a very popular soup in Thailand and a favorite of many. It was very easy to make and very tasteful. Several of the students did not realize that you were not to eat the lemon grass, the kaffir leaf and the ginza. You can eat the chicken and mushroom but the rest of the soup just provides flavor to the broth. The second dish was “Fried Big Noodles with Thick Sauce and Pork” (Raad Nag Muu). I believe everyone enjoyed this dish. By this time we were beginning to fill up because we have the pleasure of eating everything we cook. Each dish is introduced by a classroom demonstration. Following the demonstration we gather our ingredients and prepare our cooking station. Each person has their own cooking station. The staff is very helpful and assist you as needed. The third dish was “Red Curry with Fish” (Gaeng Phed Plaa). The fish we used was the Snake Head fish
The students have a little downtime before we head to the Night Walking Street at 6:30 pm. We prepared our gifts for the village, did laundry, packed for our trip to the village and napped. The school does our laundry for us but in Thai culture you do not allow someone else to launder your undergarments and socks so we must do these on our own. We do have drying racks in our rooms to help with the drying of our clothes.
One of my students has a birthday today so her Thai buddies organized a surprised birthday party for her. They got balloons, cards and a cake for the celebration. I believe my student was pleasantly surprised. Mission accomplished.
This evening the Thai buddies accompanied us to the Night Walking Street
Before I end today's blog I must tell you that I will not have internet access until Thursday evening. We are headed out to Maegumpong Village for a 4 day, 3 night home stay. It is going to be very fun as this tends to be one of the favorite events as stated by previous students. So, hang tight, I will post my blogs on my return back to BCNC.