Some like it hot
12.12.2015 - 12.12.2015 86 °F
Attention fans of Thai food: you're in luck because today we graduated from the Thai Farm Cooking School and will be bringing our new skills back to the States to share.
We started the day at an indoor food market to check out the local produce, spices, etc. that were for sale. There were a lot of familiar foods, some not so familiar, and some very bizarre ones too.
Our guide and chef, Garnet, was trained at the Johnson and Wales University in Singapore and is without doubt the most enthusiastic human being on the planet. She kept us on our toes and made sure that we were all having a good time. We were one of five couples, three of which were also from the US and the other from Hong Kong. Shortly after arriving at the farm we got a tour of their organic garden where many of our ingredients were grown, right outside of our open-air kitchen.
There were options to choose from for each of our five courses, so we made sure to pick different items to get the most well rounded experience. We each made a soup, an appetizer, a curry (which we pounded from scratch in a stone mortar), a stir fry, and finally a dessert. Surprisingly, we managed to eat just about every bite. Garnet also made a fresh papaya salad for everyone to taste, and demonstrated the correct ways to prepare both jasmine and traditional sticky rice.
And here is a yet to be identified bird (olive-backed sunbird?) hanging out by the kitchen!