Learning to cook Tum Yum, Pad Thai, Stir-fry Vegetables, Green Curry, Mango Sticky Rice… can you say THE BEST DAY EVER.

After spending the morning exploring the wet market where we saw hundreds of different fruits and vegetables, bundles of random meat assortments, Asian pastries, and delicious concoctions made of either rice or rice noodles… we were off to our first cooking class in the heart of Silom.

Did you know that Thai Cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, and one of the most ancient? Jay, the chef during our cooking class today taughts us many new things about Thai cuisine.  He showed us herbs, produce, and sauces that we had never seen before.  Twenty culinary students and faculty in a boutique kitchen, with colorful aprons, and knifes in their hands… was quite the experience.

We started the morning on the bottom floor of the Silom Cooking School where we learned many interesting things about Thai Cooking.  After our introduction to Thailand and it’s cuisine we headed to the top floor of the Cooking School to cook our first dish (Tum Yum Soup) in one of the hottest kitchens I have ever cooked in…  The joke at the school is that it is worse than “Hell’s Kitchen”. Despite the heat from of 20 flame burners being lit at the same time, we all had a good time & we enjoyed each dish we prepared.  We cooked a dish in the kitchen, and then escaped to the lower dining area to enjoy it before moving on to the next dish.  Our other dishes included Pad Thai, Stir-fry Vegetables, Green Curry, and Mango Sticky Rice… quite delicious!

After our 4 hour cooking class, we headed straight for the night markets in Silom City Center.  Teapots, elephant shirts, Thai bags, fake nikes, everything you could EVER want was there.  Our nighted ended swell, and we even had some time for a Thai massage – a beautiful way to end a busy day.

Tomorrow we are headed off to the largest and most famous floating market in Southeast Asia – Damnoen Saduak.  We are excited!

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