Cooking Lessons in Chiang Mai – Learning the Art of Thai Cuisine

With a rich history dating back to the 13th Century, the beautiful city of Chiang Mai in Thailand is one of the most historic and culturally important cities. Dotted with ruins for ancient temples, cultural landmarks, and many amazing archeological sites, Chiang Mai is one of the best locations to visit if you are a lover of history, oriental culture, and natural beauty.

 

Thailand is known throughout the world for its cuisine. Its bold flavors, mouth-watering infusion of spices and tastes, and beloved dishes have captured the hearts of foodies all over the world. Naturally, many people want to recreate their favorite Thai dishes, or incorporate features of Thai cuisine and create their own dishes. Thus, many foodies and cooking enthusiasts have shown great interest in taking cooking lessons offered by restaurants in Chiang Mai. Taking cooking lessons in Chiang Mai is so popular that many hotels such as the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, also offer cooking lessons.

 

At a cooking lesson in Chiang Mai you will be taught, by experts in Thai cuisine, the various techniques, and recipes used to create the Thai dishes that we all love. You will receive a hands-on teaching experience and will learn the traditional way of using spices to unlock the best combination of flavors, the perfect ingredients to give your dishes that sensational aroma, the way to give your dishes the perfect texture, and paying attention to detail so that your dish looks irresistible. If you haven’t tried your hand at Asian or Southeast Asian cuisines, you will find learning Thai cuisine exposes you to a completely new philosophy in cooking, where complexity of flavors and is appreciated and cooks strive to create a harmonious fusion of all the flavor’s, which will no doubt enhance your understanding the art of cooking.

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

 

Thai Cuisine – Of many flavours and colours

A veritable culinary delight that sets taste buds blazing, Thai cuisine is made up of an amalgamation of all things vibrant. Comprising of a large variety of dishes and specialities, Thai cuisine is first and foremost a balance of flavours and condiments. Sweet, sour, bitter and salty being the much-juggled-about flavours, Thai cuisine has often been described as a complex piece of music where disparate elements come together to create a beautiful harmony within a dish.

The complexity of flavours of Thai cuisine requires the fine art of balancing these flavours. The flavours are enhanced by a variety of fresh herbs and spices such as cilantro, garlic, lemongrass, soy beans, Thai basils, shallots, chilli, mint, ginger, galangal, tamarind, turmeric, white and black peppercorn, kaffir lime, and etc. Rice and noodles make up a significant part of Thai dishes while egg plants, leafy green vegetables, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, fish, pork and a variety of native fruits such as jackfruit, papaya, pomelo, mango, pineapple, mangosteen, langsat, longan, rose apples, Burmese grapes and durian are commonly used ingredients in Thai cuisine. Rice is the staple grain of Thai cuisine while the sweet-smelling and expensive jasmine rice which is indigenous to Thailand is quite popular and has become symbolic of Thai cuisine all over the world.

A Thai meal often consists of a single dish if eating alone or rice accompanied by multiple complementary dishes prepared using a number of cooking methods. Also served with Thai dishes are various sauces and pastes such as fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp paste and Phrik nam pla, a traditional sauce that is a combination of fish sauce, lime juice, chillies and chopped garlic. An assortment of condiments is usually available for diners at every Thai restaurant, served in small containers and jars to flavour their dishes as required.

The variety of Thai dishes is truly astounding. A beautiful mixture of local ingredients, flavours and spices, these dishes are enjoyed not only by the people of Thailand, but also by individuals worldwide. One such best loved dish also referred to as the aroma of Thailand is Tom Yam Goong, a delicious soup, which carries within it succulent jumbo prawns, a variety of aromatic herbs that makes for a combination of hot and sour. Also popular is Pad Thai, a signature dish of noodles dressed with tofu, bean sprouts and onions. Khao man gai, a dish of chicken and rice is Britain’s answer to fish and chips, a simple yet delicious snack which is ideal s a main meal as well. When speaking of Thai food, one cannot forget the Kao Phad, a nostalgic mix of rice, a choice of meat or seafood together with a variety of spices and veggies.

If you are intent on experiencing Thai cuisine at its best, Thailand is the most obvious choice. Choose one of the star hotels in Bangkok which are known for their wide spread of authentic Thai dishes on offer. Vic3 Bangkok is one of the many three star hotels in Bangkok that is sure to satiate your taste buds while giving you good value for money. Grab a bite while you are in Bangkok and experience Thai culture at its best.

Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Caliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered. Google+

Thai Cuisine Phuket – An Exotic Adventure in Taste!

The enchanting island of Phuket offers truly unforgettable holiday adventures and those visiting here can enjoy spending lazy days on the beach, soaking up the sun, taking part in thrilling water sports, journeying to ancient temples and of course partying the night away at one of the many happening nightlife hotspots. However, no trip to the island would be complete without sampling the exotic Thai cuisine on offer here which offers an insight into the gastronomical grandeur of Phuket!

As you explore the island you will come across a wide range of dining options, from up market restaurants to cosy street side eateries which also offer an authentic taste of Thailand. Be it sweet and sour to spicy and succulent, each Thai dish brings its own distinct aroma and taste and lets you truly appreciate the exotic dishes of Phuket.

Rice, namely jasmine rice is a general staple when it comes to Thai food and this applies to dishes in Phuket too where seafood, meats and salads are served alongside the main dish. Vegetarians should look to try the delicious “Pat Pak Ruam” which is a kind of vegetable stir fry dish that is made using oyster sauce, while it is also worth sampling “Gai Pat Ka Prow”, another stir fried dish made with chicken and chilli. Other popular stir fried dishes include “Moo Tort Gra Tiem Prink Thai” which is a fried pork dish and “Neua Pat Man Hoy” which consists of stir fried beef.

It is not only rice that is popular here and many restaurants also serve a variety of local noodle based dishes such as “Pat Thai” which combines egg, bean sprouts and tofu with fried noodles. Curries are also popular amongst local dishes in Phuket. Most of these curries utilise coconut milk and consist of a distinct flavour and spiciness that will thrill your taste buds! “Gaeng Pet” is an extremely spicy curry worth trying for those with a sense of adventure, while “Gaeng Massaman” is a green curry with some sweetness for foodies in search of milder gastronomical thrills!

Another type of cuisine worth trying out when on the island is the organic food Phuket has on offer. Combining such healthy dishes with holistic wellness, Thanyapura is one of the leading retreats in Thailand which you can find here.