Ours is a truly authentic Thai cooking school, hidden from mainstream tourists. But Carolina found us and experienced real Thai culture and professional Thai cooking. She was the first one in my cooking class who cooked 3 authentic Thai old school food dishes in a day. And by saying authentic Thai, I really mean real old school Thai cuisine, which were Central and Southern Thai dishes and a really old tasty Thai dessert. So I would say she was dripping in culinary Thai culture.
"On the trip information provider's website there are more than a hundred Thai cooking schools in Chiang Mai. Most schools have thousand of reviews. But how in one day in a normal cooking class can you make up to 5-8 dishes? That can't be right or I probably will not learn anything from that class", said Carolina.
"I'm one of these people that believe that the quality of the food is directly related to the quality of the ingredients, that a good soup is made of a good stock.
That a good stock doesn't come in boxes and it takes hours to prepare...
I'm interested in learn more about ingredients, food components and fundamentals."
Carolina's first e-mail to our cooking school
So for the trip up here in Chiang Mai, the city of Thai culinary excellence, she chose to cook, learn and experience with Ton Gluay, Thai Culinary Heritage. It was my honor to have her in my house and it was my pleasure to teach her what real Thai culture is.
I was really looking forward to teaching her because the dishes that she chose were super Thai dishes. No one has gone out from tourist familiarity this far before. However, my concern was that it would be too much work for her in one day because Thai cuisine is very delicate and could take sweet time to work on. And the reason I said yes to her class was because of the statement she gave "I could work very efficient and fast". Plus the statement on her first e-mail to me told me that I have to give the lady what she craves. So I have faith in her. But only faith is not going to work here if you know what she has been through in our cooking class.
For example, she scraped coconut flakes out from the coconut shell for 2 kilograms. After that she used all her grip strength to squeeze out nice, creamy coconut milk for almost 4 cups. Plus she made her own two different kinds of Thai fresh curry paste, which were southern Thai curry and Thai red curry paste. After using her hands very nice and strong with the mortar and pestle to make Thai curry paste, she managed to make exquiste banana baskets for the fish cakes, which required nice and gentle hands. And that was just an example. There were loads more. And if she wasn't professionally trained with a very big passion, it wouldn't have happened.
A short impressive story which shows how down to earth she was and how she really dipped herself in Thai food culture. While she was having the food she made I took out a dish called "Nam Prik" which almost 99.99% Thai people have in their houses but is still unreconised by outsiders. The one she had was Nam Prik Jaeo Boong. And the peak point of the story that impressed me greatly was that she ate all of what was in the little bowl I gave her. Thank you, Calorina and your husband. You made my day :)
She was making these 3 dishes
Once the class started, I knew for a fact that she could handle this because the way she works with the knife was telling me that she is a professional. Yes, the cuisine might be really different for her background but she is a fast learner that makes things go easier. I would say if it wasn't her who willingness to work hard and be a really good student, we wouldn't have finished the three gorgeous Thai dishes. So, really, thank you that you are willing to learn Thai culture and be a truly remarkable student. Thank you :)
Ms. Warangkana Masanga
Past Class's Dishes