Before we get started with this blog post, I have to say that I’m neither vegan nor am I a vegetarian. I was just intrigued with finding out how to cook food without using cheese or other animal products. This 8-hour course was fun, and I learned a lot of new things about cooking and traditional Thai cuisine. If you are a carnivore or a vegetarian you can just add meat or dairy products to the different dishes when you want to make these meals in the future.
I booked my course with Thai Muang Vegan Cooking through my hotel. There are many different companies offering cooking classes in and around Chiang Mai. If you are not sure what company to use, I would suggest checking out TripAdvisor so that you can read up on the latest reviews. There are a lot of excellent schools out there all offering different options for cooking classes; vegan, vegetarian, seafood, Organic, and with meat.
Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination in northern Thailand. This city has a lot of attractions and has tons of hostel, hotels, and trendy restaurants. I will do a post on Chiang Mai shortly.
The Chef & Guide
Our chef, Ning, was a real cooking ninja! She, personally created and knew each recipe by heart. It was amazing to watch her simultaneously instructing everyone in our group, as she remembered each individual’s ingredient choices with ease. Her incredible organizational skills and the joy she took in cooking with us made our class so much fun!
Before starting our class, Ning had us choose five items from her menu. Then, we went to the market to gather all of the ingredients for our selections. One can only imagine, for the larger classes she holds, how difficult this might be in preparing 15 or 20 different dish selections at once. However, juggling different recipes and dietary preferences was never a problem for our super chef!
The Local Market
Let’s get started! I was picked up around 8:30 in the morning from my hotel by the cooking school. Most, if not all, cooking schools offer a hotel pickup and drop-off service that is typically included in the price. We started the class with a quick trip to the market where our instructor, Ning, gave us a tour and showed us how to pick the right vegetables for our vegan recipes.
The Dishes We Made
Please note; I didn’t include the recipes in this blog post due to copyright purposes. However, at the end of this article, I will tell you how you can contact the school if you are interested in taking the cooking course.
Khao Kriab Pak Moh
After our visit to the market, we continued to the cooking school. The staff at the school had all of our cooking gear set in a clean and organized fashion. The first item we started with was the daily bonus dish; a sweet tasting appetizer called Khao Kriab Pak Moh.
Fresh Spring Rolls
The next one that I chose was the fresh spring rolls. They tasted great, but to be honest, the fried spring rolls that were much less healthy, tasted ten times better!
One of everybody’s favorite dishes is the Pad Thai! We did this one as a vegan dish as well, but honestly, it would be so easy just to add chicken or whatever you want.
Soup Time! Coconut Milk (Tom Kha)
After cutting up the veggies, we put everything in a pot to boil. The soup was delicious!
The Red Curry was my favorite! The Green Curry was good as well.
Mango Sticky Rice
Last, but surely not least, was the Mango Sticky Rice. This one is my all-time favorite, and it is a favorite dish among both Thai and foreigners.
So this concludes the cooking tour that I did. If you are going to be in the Chiang Mai area, you can find the schools latest prices and their location by sending a message through their website; Thai Muang. I paid approximately USD 40 for the all-day course, which included a ton of food! So go I recommend going on an empty stomach. You can also join their Facebook page; Thaimuang Vegancooking Class and ask for the information there.
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