“Cooking with Poo”

poo  Growing up as a child I was a very picky eater.  Ordering a burger was very easy for me, I only needed meat and cheese with condiments. Please hold the lettuce, pickles, onions and tomatoes.  People would try to convince me to taste various foods and my answer would be “no thank you”. Well, as am I getting older my food palette is growing. I am beginning to be open towards trying other types of food. I decided that I was going to go to a cooking class in Thailand. It was recommended that I try “Cooking with Poo”.  I was interested in this particular class because Khan Poo the head chef gives back to her community by teaching people how to cook and providing them with job skills. 

I took the train to the city, which was an adventure in itself. When attempting to get in the train, you have to line up, you are not supposed to just jump on the train. When the train arrived it was jam packed, I had to push my way inside of the train to get a spot because I didn’t want to miss the van that was going to pick us up at the designated location.

After arriving at the location, there was a group of approximately 10 people. Our first stop was the fresh market. The market was very interesting as the smells were very overwhelming and not in a positive way. In addition we saw various animals that are a part of the Thailand menu that I am not personally into trying. 

Rats                                              frogs

fish                                            EEls

 

bugs                                           pan

After leaving the market we arrived at the cooking class. It was nice contrast from the fresh market due to the soothing green colors on the wall, air condition and a clean area to cook. We started off with an appetizer of a fruit called pomelo (think grapefruit without the tart taste), peanuts and chicken. Next we had a delicious coconut soup with chunks of chicken The main dish was a yummy Pad Thai, ingredients: included noodles, tofu, shrimp, eggs and onions with a hint of lime. Our dessert was sticky rice and mangoes. Never had sticky rice before but it was delicious.

 

pomelo                                             soup

thai                                             sticky

I am so glad that i have new found appreciation for different types of food besides that food that I am accustomed to. I know loved Pad Thai and make it for my family and friends. I will now take a cooking class in the various countries that I travel to.

 

tan                                                                        crew

Make sure you try the Pad Thai recipe below from Poo’s cook book!

pad thai rec

 

 

 

 

 

57 Comments

  1. Very WELL Done! Following the family theme and heritage of talent and creativity not to mention originality. I’m impressed and extremely proud if your work Tiffany.

    Continue ON!!

    • Awe thanks for the positive feedback. I’ve always wanted to start a blog but never made it until recently. People always ask me questions about my travel, so I thought why not write about it! Thanks to other women on Facebook, they gave me tips on how to improve the site. So I like you are extremely proud of the page.

  2. Bizarre foods is one of my favorite shows. I’m a vegetarian and just can’t stomach eating an animal; but I like to see the creativity of different cultures. Eating native food is one of the best parts of travel. Love, seeing what you share.

  3. I love trying different types of a cuisine but it’s when you experience authentic cuisine that will get you. I would probably overwhelmed at first, too, but I know it would be a great experience. Btw, I love Pad Thai!

    • Yes the market was very overwheliming especially the smell! I think i held my breath pretty much the entire time! But going to the cooking class was a great contrast, it was cool and the food was fresh and delicious. Yay, for the pad thai lovers!

    • Yes I’m so glad I decided to do it. My cousin didn’t want to and i told her I would see her later, after that she jumped on board and now is open to trying it during our next vacation. I def think you should try it in Spain, let us know how you like it when you come back.

  4. Yeah… nah. I can’t manage certain foods – I’m probably too old to change. Frogs, snails, worms, grubs, rats, dogs…. not happening. But I applaud you for giving it a try. I will just be watching in wonder. Fun post!

    • I didn’t try any of those animals you mentioned, I cant manage those foods either. LOL What are grubs? Thank you, this was a great class and I would def do it again.

    • I’m so glad I was introduced to Pad Thai, it is great because you can cook with noodles and veggies for vegetarians or meat eaters can add the type of meat or seafood they like meat.

  5. I really enjoyed your post. I love travel and immersing myself in different cultures. Your pics and your step by step description of your experience on the food tour and cooking class. I would love to visit one day.

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog post. This was my first time taking a cooking class abroad and I’m so glad I did because your exactly right, it allowed me to be immersed into there culture and food. The market is a big part of there everyday life.

    • I didn’t mind seeing things in the market, it was the smell (I closed my nose while walking through) but the class made for a great experience!

    • Thank You! LOL, If you would have asked me several years ago this would have been my answer as well. My palette has def come a long way.

  6. I think that is an awesome idea to take a cooking class! Will definitely take note of that! My palette has definitely expanded since getting older. I tried kangaroo while in Aruba and it was wonderful!

    • Yes, now that I have taken the class, my goal is to take a cooking class when I travel to new countries. Wow kangaroo, I wouldn’t have even thought to try that. I’m so glad my palette is growing, trying different cuisine is wonderful.

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