This was a full term one on one Thai cooking class and
covered the most beautiful dishes from around Thailand.
I was really looking forward to teaching Michael, who had planned his trip one year before his arrival. On the very first day that he sent me an e-mail asking if I could teach him in a year. I said to myself "Yeah, these are my kind of people". The man with the plan! And that was my first impression of him. If you have been working here in the Thai system for long enough. I'm sure you would understand how appreciative I am to finally meet a student who planned well.
What was more, his requirement was "I would like to learn how to cook like a local Thai". He opened it up for me to put anything on the 3 month long schedule. I had mixed feelings of "I'm excited to really educate him like a fully local Thai" and "how can I design the course that match with him personally?" I e-mailed him a lot to get to know his style of food better. Not long after I sent him the first schedule we agreed on the dishes we enjoyed the most. Whooopeeee, this is wonderful! So I did not hesitate to take this magnificent opportunity to teach in-depth cooking full term, filled with local dishes which I'm sure are less likely appear on a restaurant's menu.
My first guess was that he must be a chef on vacation and wanted to gain some more deep local Thai cuisine knowledge. But it turned out even better; he is a man who is passionate about food. How far did his passion go? He spent 3 months here, and cooking was his main activity.
This was our first month: Northern Thai cuisine. We started in the beginning of the month. I mean, why not start by giving him a good example of the food he will be having or seeing more often during his stay here in Chiang Mai. In a way, it was hard for him to eat out after he ate his own Northern food because the food that he made was far too good. So, sorry. I didn't mean to ruin it for him ;P
With Michael, he has great cooking fundamentals already. That helped us to really learn the essentials of Thai cooking such as: the culture/history behind each dish; the Thai cooking process; the Thai taste; and to cook like old school Thai people. In his very first month of the Thai cooking course, his whole day was filled with delicate hand work and went from one process to another to make the perfect dish. Of course the cooking basics are similar but not completely, so it keeps the class interesting for us.
At the end of the first month, he was cooking a lot of central Thai food which he found pleased his tastes more than food from the beginning of the month. That made me feel like I was flying because I'm a lady born and raised in central Thailand. Nailed it! :)
This was our first month. My feeling after actually teaching him was kind of mixed. He was really open minded. He was willing to learn Thai culture through Thai food. He also excepted the differences. That was more than I could have asked for. And I would say, that was the key to life for the modern era. I know I was going on about how good this class was because it really was. Yes, there were some difficulties, but that was because we both just got to know each other and it was getting better every day we met.
He made in his first month
Ms. Warangkana Masanga
Past Class's Dishes