I grew up in the North Eastern region of Thailand (Isan) and my cooking is influenced by tastes and flavours from that area, as well as Neigbouring Laos. Ever since I was a little girl, I was taught to help prepare the family meals by my grandmother and mother. They passed down their love of food and cooking to me. Sharing food is a very important part of Thai family life, and it remains central to Thai life today.
Now living in Australia, I have adapted some of my recipes to use local Australian ingredients, and I continue to experiment with new tastes to create Thai dishes with an Australian twist.
I offer cooking classes to teach you the basics of thai food ingredients, to give you experience in thai cooking techniques, and at the end of the class, you get to take home your meal to share with your family and friends. After all, thai food is meant to be shared.
What is Thai cuisine?
Thai cuisine is typically lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai food is known for it's balance of the five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty and (optional) bitter. Thai food is about juggling disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Balance, detail and variety are important to Thai cooking.
What would you like to learn to cook?
Thai food is made up from a wide variety if ingredients and tastes. There is no such thing as one Thai food. Even within Thailand there is broadly 4 regional cuisines, influenced by local history and neighbouring countries. For example food in the north eastern provinces is a mixture of Thai and Laos food styles that have merged over the centuries. It is based on strong and spicy tastes. Towards the southern provinces, food has been influenced by neighbouring Malaysia. The food styles there are based more on curry and coconut milk.
Even within a particular dish, you can substitute the meat and vegetable ingredients and decide how spicy you like it. The menu below covers a good range of styles and mains/desserts. Some of the dishes are Thai classics, some are street food styles that are popular in Thailand.
Choose the dishes you would like to learn to cook (and take home), or just come and be surprised. Let me know if you have any particular preference, so that I can have fresh ingredients ready before the class.
Noodle dish (with Prawns, Pork, or Chicken
Spicy minced meat Salad
Can be made with a wide variety of meats including Pork, Chicken, Beef as well as Seafood or kangaroo.
Green Papaya Salad
Hot and Sour Soup
Stir Fry with Fresh Chilli and Basil Leaves
Yum Pla Muak
Spicy Squid Salad
Spicy Dried Meat served with Sticky Rice
Thai Spring Rolls
Easy to make and not fried.
Kaeng Buat Fak Thong
Coconut Pumpkin Pudding
Khao Neow Ma Muang
Sticky Rice with Mango
Seasonal fruits. Can also use bananas
Fresh fruit with Chilli Sugar Salt dip