We went for a Thai dinner at a small, cozy restaurant called Chang Chalaad in Chiang Mai on our first night. There were only 2 small tables outside and 3 inside, and we were lucky enough to secure 1 of the tables-for-two next to a quaint water fountain outdoors.
Nico and I were each given a menu from a cute Thai lady whose name – we later found out – was Nok. We were spoiled for choice… not knowing which dish to choose, but finally deciding on a Pumpkin chicken curry with rice for myself… and a Green curry with aubergine and rice for Nico. Goodness! It was delicious!
We later noticed that one of the two menus promoted the restaurant’s very own Thai cooking course… I called for Nok: You guys do Thai cooking courses! I exclaim with excitement in my eyes.
‘No.’ She replies with a smile. ‘Before, yes. But now, no. Finished.’ She’s still smiling.
Oh. My own smile changes to a temporary frown…and then I smile again, and say: So, when do you offer Thai cooking courses? Your pumpkin curry is beautiful!
She pauses, glances left, then down in confusion. Her eyes lift and she replies: ‘Sunday. Can. No work Sunday. Sunday can. You come. Choose 6 dishes.’
Jackpot. Nico and I flattered ourselves into a full-day of private Thai cooking lessons with Nok – at a very affordable price…we contemplated the dishes we hoped to make…Green curry with chicken. Pumpkin curry with chicken. Som Tam Spicy Papaya Salad. Thai Vermicelli Salad. Massaman curry. Vegetable fried rice. Phad-Thai noodles…Yes. We’d like to learn how to prepare all that. 🙂
Nok replies: ‘Can. Have time. Can. No problem!’
So, there it goes… Nico and I spent a full day in a small Thai restaurant kitchen… I’ve written down all of the recipes on a piece of paper that I don’t currently have on me. I will – when time permits – add them as individual posts to my blog for anyone interested to prepare for fun at home!