This class, we were making Sai Ua which is a northern Thai sausage. At the first, Katie, was asking me "my parents are coming to Chiang Mai and they would like to take cooking class, what should they be cooking? I want it to be special!". So I told her some of Thai dishes but as soon as I was mention "Sai Ua" and how Sai Ua represents northern food (if a Thai visits Chiang Mai, Sai Ua is an expected souvenir), she said, "that sounds good!". She said there will be 4 people which included her dad, who likes to cook and wants to make something special for a BBQ when his friends come over. Also, her friend is a chef. That information got me a bit more nervous than other classes. But as soon as we started, all my worries just melted away. They were so kind and loved to learn how to make an authentic northern Thai sausage, rich with herbs and vegetable. So there was a curry preparation stage and a vegetable cutting stage. The ladies were doing an outstanding job at those two stages. Likewise, the two gentlemen were cleaning up pork intestines with delicate hands and minced pork with a big knife. The stuffing stage was supposed to be the most difficult. However, everyone did so great and finished the task quicker than I expected. And then, while Sai Ua was on the grill, we were having many interesting conversations about Thai food. Sai ua took about 25 minutes to cook and then they had their own homemade Sai Ua. I can't describe how happy I was just to look at them enjoy every task I gave them and eating their own Sai Ua happily.
Ms. Warangkana Masanga
Past Class's Dishes