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