Updated June 19, 2018
Cooking with Poo
Welcome to week 220 of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent this past Christmas in Bangkok doing one of my favourite things…cooking school! You may have done a double take at the title, but yes the name of the cooking school is Cooking with Poo, and the lovely owner and brilliant cook is Poo (short for “Chompoo” or rose apple). Poo takes any teasing about her name in good stride and is always quick with a joke or a funny comment. Enjoy today’s tour of her cooking school and the delicious food that was made (some of it by me) last Christmas Day.
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Poo and her assistant waiting for the final students to arrive. We all met in the same place, so that kept any confusion to a minimum.
Here we are standing in front of Cooking with Poo, located in Bangkok’s largest slum…Klong Toey. Yes, Poo and her family are long-term residents of Klong Toey and the cooking school began here in 2007 in Poo’s front room. This location is relatively new, and I think Poo is telling us about the August 2014 fire that destroyed the school. I love the colourful front of the new location and the Merry Christmas sign that greeted us! We arrived here after a most interesting and insightful tour of Klong Toey Fresh Market, one of the largest in Bangkok.
The cooking stations are compact and easy to work in. Everything you need is close at hand.
Poo demonstrates each dish before she let us loose in the kitchen.
Our first dish is Spicy Beef Salad (Yam Neua). This was a brand new dish for me and I was eager to prepare and eat it.
Doesn’t that look yummy? Although it’s advertised as spicy, and spice is definitely used, the flavours are very subtle. You don’t get that burn in your mouth that spicy dishes are so famous for. Perhaps, the mint leaves help tame the heat. I absolutely loved this dish and will be making it again one day soon…very soon.
Drum roll, pleasssssssssssss………………………….The recipe…………………………
300g beef (sliced)
2 tbsp lime juice
4 tsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lemongrass, finely chopped
fresh chillies to taste
2 spring onions
1 tbsp red onion
2 tbsp coriander
1 tomato, sliced
7 mint leaves
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
Boil water, and add beef. Boil until cooked.
Drain water 80%.
Add all of the remaining ingredients, and mix it all together.
Garnish with the mint leaves.
Super easy to make, and out of this world delicious!
There were ten students, and 5 cooked at a time. That meant that we were either cooking or eating!
Our next dish was green curry (gaeng khiaw waan). We made ours with chicken, but you can use any meat. If you’re vegetarian, leave out the meat entirely! We made the curry paste from scratch. Our muscles got a workout with the mortar and pestle. Another super easy dish to make, and a rich flavour. Ours was served in this lovely red and white bowl (very Christmasy!) with jasmine rice on the side.
Our final hot dish was Phad Thai. I can never resist a plate of this Thai goodness. We used shrimp and tofu, and it was cooked and flavoured to melt in your mouth perfection.
And yes, I did cook!
The dessert was my favourite, mango and sticky rice, and what a fab way to end our delicious meal!
Have you taken cooking classes in Bangkok at Cooking with Poo? Let us know in the comments.
You can find out all about Poos Cooking School at her website. Take a moment to read her heartening story. Her classes are small, and they often fill up fast. Be sure to complete your online booking early.
Poo has a fabulous cookbook available, filled with delicious Thai recipes. If you’ve always wanted to master Thai cooking, this is the cookbook for you. If you order from the link below (much appreciated) I will earn a small commission from Amazon.
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