Chiang Mai is my favorite city in Thailand. I loved it so much that I actually lived here for a month. There are plenty of places to go, temples to see, night markets and bazaars to wander and haggle around for good finds, great and cheap street foods. If you’re also a vegetarian and adventure lover just like me, this city is perfect for you!
When you’re only visiting Chiang Mai for a few days, one of the fun activities that I can recommend you is to join a Thai Cooking Class. Not only will you get to learn to cook Thai food, it is also a fun way to learn a little of the Thai culture, what they add to their food and what makes their food one of the best in the world.
The first thing that you will do is to select the dishes you’d like to make. Then you will go to a local Thai market to buy and pick your ingredients. The teacher will also introduce you to the ingredients and seasonings they use in their food.
(Thai local market)
Once you get your ingredients, you will then proceed to the organic farm where you will learn about specific vegetables and herbs grown in Thailand and what they use for their dishes.
After this introduction, you will then proceed to making your first dish. Note that I am vegetarian so the foods here are made out of tofu.
(The teacher demonstrating how to do stir fried veggies)
(First Dish: Green Curry)
(Second Dish:Tom Yum Soup)
(Third Dish: Stir Fried Vegetables)
(After lunch bonus: Mango Sticky Rice)
The class is for a whole day and you will be really hungry by the time you finish your second dish. It is certainly worth the wait! You will be given a recipe book after class so you can just focus and enjoy the cooking class. You can also adjust the spiciness level of your food. This class is great not only for meat lovers but also for vegetarians. I personally chose the Thai Organic Farm cooking class that was recommended by a traveler I met in Laos. They are great and catered to my vegetarian needs. Not only is the food yummy, it is really a fun experience!
Sending my greetings from the island of Ko Phangan and greatly missing Chiang Mai,