Walking into the Krua Thai Cookery School is like being welcomed into a friend’s home. You are immediately set at ease and ready to begin the human tradition of exchanging stories, food and cultures. In the safe hands of Chef Rujira Herd – a Thai Cuisine specialist who regularly caters to the likes of Hilton International and world famous chef Albert Roux. Chef Ru is a kind and gracious host instantly making you feel welcome as she tells you stories from her travels.
You’re guaranteed to get a high quality three-course lunch alongside lots of Thai cuisine knowledge
This year’s workshop includes a starter of Geiw Grob (pork wontons with a homemade tamarind sauce), a main course of Tom Ka Gai (Galangal soup with chicken and coconut cream served with basmati rice) and a simple but delicious dessert of Tang Thai (chilled melon with a pandan sugar syrup and coconut cream). All the recipes are to take away with you, to try making at home. The main element of activity is folding your own crispy wontons. Something that Chef Ru’s deft hands look easy doing, but mine were a little informal, to say the least. Once they are fried, you are given the task of presenting your wontons on a dish and I have to say I’m pretty proud of how restaurant-worthy my dish looked. The highlight of the meal has to be that gorgeous Galangal soup which was so smooth and delicious. Definitely one to try for myself when I get home.
So, although you don’t get to participate much, it may be for the best as it means you’re guaranteed to get a high quality three-course lunch alongside lots of Thai cuisine knowledge you can use to impress your friends. Chef Ru is so sweet and charismatic and really drove the fun into the whole enjoyable experience.