one of the recommended activities to do in chiang mai is take a cooking class, and that we did. i found a place called basil cookery school that held classes capped at 6 people so you could really get the hands on experience. hands on it was. boom, our instructor, had us doing everything. she would make the dishes with us in her own wok but we cracked, peeled, pounded, and cut, every ingredient that went into our dishes and cooked them ourselves. i would recommend this school to anyone that goes to visit! plus, you get a cookbook with all of the recipes and chopsticks to take home with you.
definitely a highlight of the trip…but i love cooking so no surprise here! if you like thai food, i will warn you that you may leave hungry after reading this.
we got to choose 6 dishes each, so naturally we tried to pick different dishes so we could make and try more food. we happened to get lucky and be the only two people in the class that day so we had our own personalized experience.
we started out at a local market where boom normally gets her food. here she explained to us the different vegetables and ingredients that go into most of the thai dishes we were about to make.
after the market we went straight to the school to put our aprons on and get to work. it is with much pride that i now present to you our 6 course thai meal, made straight from the hands of anna and brian: