05.10.2010 - 09.10.2010
Yes back to Chiang Mai, this time for a weeks cookery course at the famous Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School run by Sompon Nabnian. Have to admit I was a little nervous to find that I had booked myself into such a high end cookery school, which upon my first day at the school finding out it has been featured in Lonely Plant, Rough Guide to name a few (what was I thinking...talk about put myself under pressure)!!! See my homemade dishes attached.
Day one was just amazing my two favourite Thai dishes, Tom Yam Goong (hot & sour prawn soup) and Phad Thai (Thai fried noodles) including another 4 dishes, over the course the week I cooked over 20 dishes...which I look forward to cooking for my family and friends, let's hope I will be able to get all the ingredients in the UK. The nice thing about the course is that they provide you with Western alternatives for food items which may be difficult to find back home. You are also provided with a book full of all the recipes including how to make the many different curry pastes from scratch.
The above also included an introduction to Thai herbs and spices and a local market tour.
Given I was doing the cookery course for a week, it also gave me another opportunity to explore more of Chiang Mai such as the following:
Wat Suan Dok
- The walls of this 14th century temple hold colorful murals of the jataka tales. It also houses a 500 year old bronze Buddha image, one of Thailand;s largest metal Buddhas. The garden are a favorite for scenic sunset photos.
- Chiang Mai's most famous temple is situated on a hill northwest of the city. There is a magnificent golden stupa at the top and from the outer courtyard you get a magnificent view of the Chiang Mai valley. At 18:00 you can hear the monks chanting.
Wat Chiang Man
- Oldest temple in Chiang Mai, built by King Mengrai when he first founded the city. It houses two very important and venerated Buddha images - Phra Sila (a marble Buddha) and Phra Satang Man (a crystal Buddha).
Famous night bazaar
- Stalls begin to open around 17.00 until around 22.00. Selling everything from clothing to woodcarvings, Thai silk, silver (including fake Tiffany & Co jewellery), handicrafts, toys and all types of souvenirs. Bargaining is the name of the game.... everything has a price remember!
- Local market where you can find local Thai food and all sorts of things.