Thailand – Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School

– NOVEMBER 26, 2015

Jill arranged for a Thai food cooking course today with the Basil Cooking School in Chiang Mai.  We were picked up at our hotel at 8:45am and promptly taken to the local food market to select our ingredients for the day.

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

Our cooking instructor did a nice job explaining the ingredients and the differences between the varieties, but unlike our Vietnam class they did not actually do the shopping with us.  Part of the fun is understanding why a certain ingredient is ripe vs. not yet ripe.

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Local Market where we selected ingredients

After picking up our ingredients we drove to the cooking school.  The brochure states that they only have class sizes of no more than 6 to display their advantage over the other cooking schools, but our group was 7 and the other timeslot was 8.  So much for the smaller class sizes.

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School

Some of the prep ingredients were already cut and done for some of the dishes.  This was a bit unfortunate, as in our Vietnam cooking class we had to do all of our prep and cooking for each course.

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Pad Thai

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Pad Thai

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Pad Thai

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Pad Thai

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Pad Thai

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Soup with Roasted Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Hot and Sour Prawn Soup

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Jill enjoying her Hot and Sour Prawn Soup with Fried Spring Rolls

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Deep Fried Bananas

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Deep Fried Bananas

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Deep Fried Bananas

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Deep Fried Bananas with ice cream

 

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Black Sticky Rice Pudding with sweet fried coconut topping

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Black Sticky Rice Pudding with sweet fried coconut topping

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Black Sticky Rice Pudding with sweet fried coconut topping

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Black Sticky Rice Pudding with sweet fried coconut topping

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Black Sticky Rice Pudding with sweet fried coconut topping

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry (fresh coconut milk)

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Red Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Red Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Red Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry & Red Curry

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Green Curry with Fried Cashew Nut & Chicken

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – Red Curry with Stir Fried Prawn in Tamarind Sauce

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Chiang Mai – Basil Cooking School – All done!!!

Our instructor was well spoken and did a nice job showing everyone how easy Thai cooking really is.  It was a day full of cooking, eating and meeting some nice people in our group.  A good day with some more Yi Peng celebrations to come tonight.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.