This was our 3 month long class, and Michael learned a lot in his first month with me. He was very open and keen for the different things in Thai cuisine. He had shown me that he was suitable for this opportunity. It happened to be the time where one of my relatives, in my village down in Nakhonsawan, was to be ordained as a monk. So I approached Michael with an idea to learn how Thais cook in such a religious ceremony in the Thai boonies. And he said yes to it! So here we went to my farmhouse.
He made one dish called "Nam Prik Nam Ya" which can be found only in central Thailand, as a part of the ceremony. He made the dish for the village, a massive portion, with tons of onion slices, chillies, and roasted peanuts. The people in the village said he has mastered it. They loved his work!
Michael did everything like I used to do when we hosted such a ceremony in the village. We started the day in the very early morning, about 5 am to get fresh ingredients that are needed for the dish, all in local fresh Thai market style. Even though, the market was different for Michael, he was such an energetic person when it came to selecting the finest ingredients.
Despite the fact that Michael could only say hi in Thai and Thais in the village struggled to say hi to him in English, hand in hand they helped each other to make the dish for the ceremony. There was no barrier stopping anyone from sharing kindness once the hearts were opened. In the cooking chaos, preparing half a dozen meals for people, I couldn't stop smiling when I seen everyone trying to help Michael cooking his dish. I couldn't have asked for anything more than Michael getting to experience the realness of Thai culture and it turned out to be one of the most magnificent times we ever had.
Love & kindness & sharing & respect
Ms. Warangkana Masanga
Past Class's Dishes