He was dealing with whole chicken. What do I mean by whole chicken? It means bone, head, heart, liver, feet and so on. The way he cleaned up and chopped the whole chicken was nice and careful. I was so proud of him for not being picky about which parts he ate. He said "why waste". The way we were cooking didn't feel like I was having a class, but cooking with a member of the family. We got to talk a lot about many things while we cooked. And soon after the soup was ready it was time for seasoning. First, I would like to say, that it's not easy to get the taste right the first time. But John got it just perfect. Once I tasted the Tom Yum soup that he made, it made me miss my mum's Tom Yum soup. It was amazing. And I think, the reason that he got it just perfect was because he cares. Even though I said the dish is a simple dish, I was always seeing John taking note of every little detail in his wee notebook.
John chose the classiest and simplest Thai dish ever, Tom Yum Gai. But to get this simple dish right isn't easy.
First of all, let me explain the main ingredient he was using. "Gai" is the Thai word for chicken. But with John he wanted to make his dish as close to the local dish as he could. So he was using "wild chicken". It means that he has to cook the chicken differently from normal chicken that you can get from the supermarket. And the meat itself will be different as well.
Cooking this time didn't have many photos, but it was a great time sharing , cooking and feeling like we were at home.