Next, a trip to the market. We had Thomas from France, Carrie from China, and Christina and Elbin from Texas, in our group. We really love talking with fellow travelers on our adventures. Everyone always has such interesting stories to share!
We always enjoy exploring a market, and this one was no exception. I was especially intrigued with this “soup starter”. You buy this little bundle of ingredients, throw it in your soup base, and you have instant seasoned broth. There was lemongrass, ginger, turmeric and some other stuff.
then to the wok’s to assemble the dish. I slightly panicked at this part. I didn’t know my girls would have their own pan of hot oil! (In Vietnam, we prepped each dish, and a helper cooked everything.)
The staff started to help the girls cook, as I couldn’t cook and help at the same time. At one point, I was inches away from dropping the entire pan, grease and all, all over myself and Ella. I’m still praising God for saving us from that one!
After we made each dish, we sat down to eat it before making the next dish. We didn’t care for this timing much. In Vietnam, we made everything, then sat down for a big feast at the end. Since I was still reeling from my near-grease-burn-incident, I forgot to take a picture of the cashew chicken. It was very good, all things considered. This was the pad Thai the other group made, and it was probably the best I’d had while in Thailand.
Up next, spring rolls. We also made these in Vietnam and they differed in two ways. Here, we sauteed the ingredients first rather than leave them raw. And we also used a wheat wrapper here, rather than a rice wrapper.
When we went to fry the spring rolls, and I saw the wok FULL of hot oil this time, I had to put my foot down, the girls weren’t going near it! Not to mention everyone standing there barefoot, was definitely cringe-worthy. And, this coming from someone who is definitely not considered a safety freak!
And our last dish was the popular dish kao soy, Chiang Mai curry with noodles. I really loved this one too. But, I was so stuffed at this point, I couldn’t eat much more. I can’t wait to make this one, as well.
So, although the food was good, we did not care for the pacing of the cooking school and would not recommend it for kids. As I was cooking, I thought “I’m on vacation, what am I doing over a hot stove?” So, we may take a break from cooking class for awhile. (I went to a cooking class in New Orleans with my sisters, and it was more of a demonstration. The man cooked while we ate, drank and were merry. I think that is more my speed.)
Anyway, Matt had the great idea that we should take the overnight train to our next destination, Bangkok. That experience deserves its own blog….