I need to admit that Thai cuisine is one of my favorites. It’s healthy, colorful and full of flavors. I can’t get bored of this mix. When I lived in Thailand I really wanted to learn how to cook local food, so I can prepare it at home for my family and friends. Despite this, I like to know exactly what is inside my meal, so I can keep on my healthy lifestyle.
Thai food has a reputation for being spicy. However, it is well balanced and combines different flavors including spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. This mix gives a fascinating combination and makes every dish very complex. What is characteristic for Thai food is using fresh herbs and spices as well as the inclusion of fermented fish sauce in almost every meal. Due to the influences of neighboring countries, such as China, Laos, Burma, and Malaysia, there are regional variations in what is typically considered Thai food.
I confirm that Thai cuisine might be very healthy and nutritious. Mostly, because it’s based on fresh vegetables, lean meats and seafood. These are definitely recommended for your body, when you try to be in shape. Also, the most popular method of preparing food – stir frying (when the ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil) keeps the flavor of the food, as well as preserve their color and texture.
I had an opportunity to learn Thai cuisine in Khao Lak, where I’ve met a very nice teacher. She was passionate about cooking and gave a chance to learn from her experience. It was a fantastic chance to ask about everything, understand how to mix the ingredients and what can be used to get a special flavor of the dish.
Before cooking we bought all the fresh ingredients on the local street market. I’m a fan of all street markets and I liked that one as well. Thai markets are so colorful and everything looks delicious, so it was a huge fun to do shopping there.
For a cooking class we used a beautiful open kitchen surrounded by the jungle. Very Thai experience :)
The plan for a dinner was as follows: prawns as the appetizer, green curry with chicken as main and famous sticky rice with mango for dessert.
The lesson itself took us around two hours, including the time for eating the food that we have cooked. The cooking itself wasn’t difficult at all, and I’ve learned a lot. It was fun, informative and it inspired me to cook other healthy versions of Thai cuisine.
When you will be in Thailand, don’t miss the opportunity to try a cooking class. It’s worthy :)