Clean eating in Thailand
I converted to clean eating several months ago and am finding myself falling back in love with wholesome healthy food once more. On a recent trip to Krabi, Thailand I was excited to hear about the Healthy cooking course from Thai Charm Cooking School so I immediately phoned and booked myself and my friend on the following morning’s course.
Max our tutor picked us up from our hotel in his brand new Toyota pickup and started to tell us all about his passion for Thai cooking. When we arrived at the cooking school all the local ingredients were laid out ready for us, along with our aprons for the morning and a rather large knife. We picked 5 dishes each to make, starting with different Thai curry paste, as this needed time to sit before using. Max explained to us about the different local ingredients and how they were different from our European versions. (Example Thai garlic in small, not as strong as its European counterpart so you have to use more of it, but the skin is a lot softer so can be used without peeling.) For each local ingredient Max also explained what we could use to get the same flavours in the UK as well as how to make more or less spicy.
In Thai cooking very little time is spent cooking but most of the time goes in to the prep of the ingredients, slicing the green beans at an angel to absorb more flavour, spring onions where snapped in to 4 without using a knife for that authentic Thai feel. We were taken through the best and healthiest oils to use when cooking. Are final task was to learn how to get the taste just perfect for you by adding more fish sauce to make more salty or adding palm sugar to give a bit of sweetness.
Thai Charm cooking school was a really great experience, I would defiantly recommend it (even with Max’s cheesy Joke’s) You also get a great little recipe book from the school when you leave so you can make lots of authentic Thai food when you back home. But best of all, the dishes you cook during your morning make for an amazing lunch before you leave. J