A Year in Bangkok – Learning Thai Cooking

31 08 2010

You may have already noticed from the link on the right, we have a new business offering various services/experiences in Thailand. One such is Thai cooking lessons. However, being a new business with no profile, it is necessary to think of slightly less conventional ways of attracting business. Kidnapping innocent tourists seems to work quite well.

Our three kidnapees - Obi Kinobi, Susuki and Ekiko.

Using what I hope is totally original thinking, I have set up a scheme with tuk tuk drivers who will tell their potential victims that Wat Po (or wherever) is closed for the day but they will take them somewhere much better. For a small fee, the tuk tuk driver will then deliver said victims to us. They will be forced to stay with us for a minimum two and a half hours to learn some basic Thai cooking.

Something looks interesting!

Today’s post features three hapless Japanese tourists who happened to clamber into the wrong tuk tuks! Ekiko, Susuki and Obi Kinobi all thought they were going to see the reclining Buddha but instead they found themselves in deepest Phra Khanong where they were subjected to a terrifying ordeal and each forced to pay a ransom of 1,250 Thai baht.

The state-of-the-art kitchen features four cooking stations.

We often take our clients to the market to help them learn how to buy the ingredients they will need but these three seemed like a flight risk so we kept them confined to the kitchen. They learned to do that seriously impressive fast chopping you see celebrity chefs doing and they reluctantly agreed that the small pieces of flesh which flew off would constitute useful extra protein. It never ceases to amaze me how vocal some people are when a tiny bit of pain is involved.

That seriously impressive fast chopping.

The cooking instructor, Khun Pathitta, has several years experience. She did her initial training at the first class Wandee Culinary School and is now certified by both the Tourism Council of Thailand and the International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School. She also teaches Thai fruit and vegetable carving and flower arranging. She speaks fluent English and some Japanese.

Many hands make light work.

There are two main types of cooking school in Thailand. One type takes fairly large classes and lectures the customers along with providing a live cooking demonstration. The other type is more hands-on and the customers cook their own food. We are the latter type and do not work with groups of more than six people. That way you get personal attention and a real opportunity to learn.

Tastes good!

Visitors to Thailand will learn in the facility in these photos but expats living here generally prefer to learn in the familiar surroundings of their own kitchens. If you’re interested in learning yourself, contact us on admin@gapthai.com for more information.

It's ready!

Of course, the victims were forced to endure eating their own cooking – sour vegetable soup with prawns, chicken & ginger and catfish salad, served with boiled rice. We encourage customers to tell us what they want to learn to cook and do our best to include some or all of the chosen dishes in the menu.

Feeding time.




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