Absolute Thai Cooking Class
Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Would you like to learn the secret behind the distinctive Thai flavours responsible for the deliciousness of your favourite Thai dishes?

Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Absolute Thai Cooking Class

Mr GG and I are attending a Thai cooking class at Absolute Sea Pearl in Patong, Phuket. We have chosen three dishes from the twelve available, and we will be learning to cook them with the help of Executive Chef Anthony Healy and his team of Thai chefs.

Thai Cooking Ingredients

Thai Cooking Ingredients

We were welcomed into the restaurant dining area which is located poolside at the resort. It is a lovely location for a cooking class, and I am guessing, cooler than the chef’s kitchen. All the vegetables, herbs and meat have been prepped prior to our arrival and sauces are at the ready. We are given a menu and the recipes for our chosen dishes.

Thai Cooking Sauces

Thai Cooking Sauces

Anthony explains that the dishes we will be cooking are all very traditional Thai dishes which can be found throughout the country and vary from region to region.

Thai Cooking at Absolute

Thai Cooking at Absolute

Mr GG and I were the given a chilled washer each which had been soaked in Eucalyptus. It felt amazing to clean our hands and face with this icy cloth. Then a refreshing glass of fruit punch was brought to us with a bottle of “Absolute” water, the resorts own branded bottled water.

All three of these refreshments were gratefully accepted by Mr GG and myself.

Cooking Thai Soup

Cooking Thai Soup

The first dish on the menu was “Tom Yam Goong” a traditional spicy lemon grass soup with prawns and mushroom.

“Tom Yam Goong”

“Tom Yam Goong”

Two cooking stations had been set up for this dish. Our Thai chef proceeded to add the ingredients at the first station and explain the process behind the cooking technique. We tasted her dish periodically and she explained what flavours should be noticed first and how to balance the sweet, sour, and salty flavours until we had a balanced dish.

It was an incredibly quick dish to make and in a few minutes it was my turn to take up position at the second cooking station and practise what I had been shown.

Thai Cooking Class

Thai Cooking Class in the Pool Area Absolute Sea Pearl

With the help of my chef assistants I managed to produce a delicious Tom Yam Goong. We like our food hot so I added a little more smoked chilli paste and chilli oil to the initial recipe and the flavour was amazing.

This dish is often served with coconut milk but the traditional Thai style is without. I preferred the soup without the coconut milk and I would make it this way at home. After a tasting by the chefs I received a 9/10 for my dish. When I asked what was missing I was told the first taste should be sour for this dish.

“Tom Yam Goong”

“Tom Yam Goong”

When this was pointed out I immediately understood! I too had felt there was something not quite right and chef had immediately picked it. The dish would have been improved by a dash more of lime juice; having said that, I was still in food heaven.

Phad Prew Wan Pla

“Phad Prew Wan Pla”

Next up it was Mr GG’s turn to watch as the chef prepared a Phad Prew Wan Pla, or Stir Fried Sweet & Sour Fish. The Executive chef explained that this dish is the first choice of children staying at the resort, and is requested constantly. I am surprised as it also includes chilli!

Cooking Thai Sweet and Sour Fish

Cooking Thai Sweet and Sour Fish

Mr GG does a great job cooking and has the dish ready for plating in no time. Prior to serving we all taste and agree the dish needed a little more vinegar. I am surprised by the melding of flavours, it is the nicest sweet and sour sauce I have tried and nothing like the Chinese style I am used to.

Brett Cooking Thai Sweet & Sour

Brett Cooking Thai Sweet & Sour

The sauce is rich and there is a slight caramel flavour and not even a hint of heat from the chilli. I am hoping my children enjoy the sweet and sour too because I will be asking hubby to repeat this dish often at home.

Cooking Thai Sweet and Sour Fish

Finished Dish -Thai Sweet and Sour Fish

We were beginning to get quite full. Mr GG and I had already had lunch prior to attending the class and we were two courses into a second lunch, with a third course yet to be prepared. There was so much food left that Brett requested a takeaway container for the remaining sweet and sour. We thought the children might like this for dinner tonight. It turned out to be a good move as the little ones demolished the dish. They were very proud of the dish their daddy prepared.

Cooking Thai Kra Prao Gai

Cooking Thai Kra Prao Gai

It was my turn to prepare the final dish, Kra Prao Gai. I was looking forward to making this dish as I had ordered it for dinner the previous night. The dish had been so delicious, but I didn’t have a clue how to prepare it myself.

The dish is a sautéed mince chicken with chilli and hot basil leaves. It’s traditional to add fresh seasonal vegetables to the base dish. Today we used chopped snake beans and large chillies with very little heat. Any mince meat can be used as a substitute to the chicken, my dish the previous night used pork mince.

Again the dish came together very quickly and I found it really easy to make. I am so pleased I will now be able to make this delicious at home.

Cooking Thai Kra Prao Gai

Thai “Kra Prao Gai”

I am surprised at how simple it is to achieve authentic Thai flavours with the guidance of the chefs from the Absolute Cooking Class. Thai cooking relies on quick cooking techniques and fresh ingredients with the right combination of sauces and spices. It seems easy when you have been shown how to master the flavours by the experts.

Spicy flavoursome food is my favourite so I will be putting this class to good use when I get home.

Gourmet Getaways Thai Cooking Class

Gourmet Getaways Thai Cooking Class

Let me know what recipe you would like me to share.

Absolute Thai Cooking

Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

42/11 Tweewong Rd

Patong Beach, Phuket

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Comments

  1. What a fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand in Thailand about Thai cuisine! Very interesting to learn that coconut milk is not the traditional base Tom Yam Goong. Happy traveling and cooking, Julie =)

  2. Julie, I’d like you to share the recipe for the Thai Sweet and Sour Fish- that’s my vote! It looks delicious and looks good on the plate!

  3. I love Thai food! What an amazing experience 🙂

  4. id love to do a cooking class when i visit thailand! looks like a awesome experience!

  5. Tom Yum Gong..looks so darn good…What a nice experience you’ve had there. You look so pretty.

  6. What a great day. That experience looks so fantastic. You will be cooking thai like a pro!!

  7. What a sweet photo of the two of you! And I think you and I would be great in a cooking class together because I also add a lot more spice to my dishes! 😛

  8. What a glorious time to share together! All that food looks so good.

  9. Awwww looked like such a fun cooking class, what a great activity to do when on holiday in somewhere exotic like Thailand. The last photo of you and Mr GG is so sweet haha. Keep them travel posts coming. Take care!

  10. What a great time you must have had! And how lucky to get such expert instruction. Everything looks terrific – I wish I had been there! But with your pictures and post, I feel as if I was. 😉 Thanks for this.

  11. Would love the recipe for the first and last dish. Yum, lovely photos… envy, envy.. what a fun thing to do on holiday. I’m yet to try cooking any Thai really.

  12. How absolutely fabulous!!!

  13. Oooh this looks amazing. I did a Thai cooking course years ago in Chang Mai and I still use the recipes from it!

  14. I heart thai food so much! look at all the colours in that dish!

  15. I would love to know how to prepare the minced chicken dish although Tom Yam soup is a favorite of mine. It sounds like a wonderful experience.

  16. What a great way to spend an afternoon! I would so love this experience, it’s always best to learn from a master 🙂 What do you mean to pick a dish to learn- I want you to teach me all of them! 🙂

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