Update on cooking class in Chiang Mai. I chose Pantawan cooking school as they had a class dedicated to Issan food. Slightly more expensive than other schools but they pick you up from your guesthouse and drop you off after
First off is a visit to the market. Not to buy ingredients but to try a few things at the teacher’s favourite stalls.
The class is held in a lovely quiet setting 15 mins drive from Chiang Mai.
Gratuitous prep shot.
I made four dishes in total and there were two helpers clearing up after each dish was made. The teacher Gun was very knowledge and there was only one other student ( a lovely guy from Boston - Mass. Not Lincolnshire. Who I told to join Hungry Onion) so more staff than students.
1.Tom Sab Moo-clear pork soup.
2.Tam Koke Moo- salad with pork neck. Literally waterfall salad due the fat coming off the salad. Sometimes it’s best not to translate .
3.Som Tum -papaya salad with addition of fermented fish to make it the Isaan way. List some of it’s brightness.
4.Kai Yang-Isaan style fried chicken.
The class was a very enjoyable 4 hours followed by eating what I’d made. I haven’t cooked a lot of Thai food so the class was very useful and interesting.