Today was spent having a little cooking class with the amazing team at The Market Experience. This was a treat to myself for just the simple experience of learning more Thai cooking skills to take home and share with my friends once I get back home to Melbourne.
I was super lucky as at the moment it’s Chinese New Year and there are a lot of ‘touristy’ things that have very low on numbers so I had the whole team to myself.
The interaction with the Teachers Alyssa and Tum made the whole experience just an absolute please and the meals were simply prepared and run in a way that made me feel very inclusive in the decision process.
The first dish you make is called Miang Khum. Simply a Betel leaf stuffed with small amounts of onion, lime and other finely chopped delicious fresh ingredients topped with a lovely simple sauce.
Second dish is a wonderful Seasonal Fruit Salad with fried Pork. This dish was probably one of my favourites. A lovely salad of Heart Apple, Mango and Dragon Fruit with a lime dressing with torn mint. Then with a little fried pork and chilli for topping.
Third dish starts with learning to make your curry paste either red or green. I am defiantly a green curry guy so I made a green.
Green Curry with Chicken and Eggplant
The curry paste is made from scratch and cooked out with coconut oil. The curry paste if fried away till pungent then hard vegetables added to cook down and finally the chicken. So delicious and made to exactly how you, the maker and creator, think it should taste. I do like mine a little on the salty side which kind of offsets the sweet of the green chilli.
The final dish is a kind of classic Pad Thai with a twist. Now he twist can be anything you think of to take it out to the next level. Mine used a fermented soy bean flavoured noodle which added a lovely extra flavour to my Pad Thai.
Pad Thai with Prawn
Served with lime, bean shoots, and some garlic chive. A lovely simple dish again learned from scratch. The team teach you how to make the Pad Thai sauce, then with your ingredients all together you make this lovely Pad Thai!! I’m normally not a massive fan of Pad Thai as I find the sauce a little sweet, but again I was able to make the Pad Thai to my liking with a little extra fish sauce.
If you’re in Bangkok and would like to have a lovely tour of the Yodpiman Flower Market, a Cooking Class with a Twist, make sure that you try out The Market Experience and book a little something. They are an amazing group of people and will give you an amazing experience to remember.