After obtaining our Chinese visas in Vientiane, Laos, we headed straight for Chiang Mai, Thailand. After nearly 24 hours of bus travel, we arrived blurry-eyed but excited to be in the city we’d heard so much about from fellow travelers. We spent a week in Chiang Mai exploring the sights and enjoying its great cuisine (out of this world!).

One day, I overuled my budget conscious better half and decided we should take cooking classes. There are a ton of cooking schools in Chiang Mai, but based on reviews we chose the Baan Thai Cooking School. For 900 baht ($25) each, we chose 4 dishes we wanted to learn to cook. There were 12 cooking possibilities in total, so picking 4 was no easy decision. Chris chose pad thai (his favorite Thai dish), Green curry chicken, hot and sour prawn soup, and fried bananas; I chose Khao Soy (my absolute favorite!), chicken and cashew nuts, spicy papaya salad, and sticky rice with mango (yum!). Well, let me tell you, this was money well spent. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We can’t wait to get home and make some of these dishes for our family and friends.


We started the class off right by shopping for the ingredients of our meals in the local market. We learned how to pick good mangoes and how to make coconut milk (oh, the horror of canned coconut milk!). Heading back to class and donning our head scarves, the staff expertly divided us based on our meals and taught us swiftly. We joined back up with our original group after each lesson to enjoy each other’s concoctions. Three different cooking stations exist at Baan Thai all lined with woks over gas stoves. Chris and I were never near each other but it was easy to hop around and spy on each other’s progress with each meal. The only major fiasco contributable to us was when I rubbed my eyes after cutting small chillies (the spiciest). A word to the wise, don’t do this at home; my eyes burned and tears flooded my face.

To view more photos of us cooking, see Chris’ flickr page.

3 Responses to “Dicing and slicing Thai style”

  1. Gillian says:

    Yummy!! I am looking forward to Thai cooking classes – I’ve heard nothing but good reviews.

  2. norris hall says:

    If you are interested in learning to cook thai food check out this link
    Its got many instructional cooking videos for Thai cooking

  3. Kate says:

    you have to teach me to make sticky rice and mango it is MY FAVORITE!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmm