Chiang Mai: Cooking, Eating, Temples and Temples and Temples

Chiang Mai was not only filled with elephant adventure, although, I think that was by far the most exciting thing we did, we did some other fun things as well.

The second night we were in Chiang Mai we decided to do a Thai cooking class. The whole family decided to do it and we were very excited. The place we decided on (and I think all the other places available) have you choose which dishes you want to cook. This means you personally cook all your meals for the whole night. Cool. This was different from our last cooking class, which we all cooked together and ate the same things.

The school we decided to go to.

The school we decided to go to.

All of the ingredients we would need for the night.

All of the ingredients we would need for the night.

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The ingredients for my chicken and coconut soup and my cashew nut stir fry.

The ingredients for my chicken and coconut soup and my cashew nut stir fry.

Now cook.

Now cook.

Frying up some veggies for spring rolls.

Frying up some veggies for spring rolls.

Making curry paste.

Making curry paste.

Making papaya salad

Making papaya salad

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This is how you break up oyster mushrooms.

This is how you break up oyster mushrooms.

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My egg roll shell spit open. I had to get a new one and repeat the process.

My egg roll shell spit open. I had to get a new one and repeat the process.

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Eating our food.

Eating our food.

Are they sitting like this because they are stuffed? or because they don't know how to sit on the floor?

Are they sitting like this because they are stuffed? or because they don’t know how to sit on the floor?

Our chef/instructor was a young Thai women who had just had a baby so was balancing teaching us and distracting us with her adorable child. All in all, she did a very good job with instructing all of us on our different dishes and helping us cook yummy Thai food. I personally made spring rolls, chicken cashew nut stir fry, chicken and coconut soup, and massaman curry. Others made pad thai, mango and sticky rice, green curry, red curry and papaya salad. The best news was that we got a recipe book for all of the recipes whether you made them or not.

cashew nut and chicken coconut soup

cashew nut and chicken coconut soup

Spring roll

Spring roll

Massaman curry

Massaman curry

Every other moment in Chiang Mai was either seeing temples or cooling off in the pool. Almost two full days was filled with temples. With all of this, some people were templed out/exhausted from all the travel and decided on a more relaxing day of spa treatments and shopping. There are many temples in and around Chiang Mai and I’ve included pictures from three of the main ones that we visited.

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Fish Spa

Fish Spa

Foot massage.

Foot massage.

Chiang Mai is a very relaxed chill place and we were all a little sad to leave so soon. There are many other temples, shops, and eateries we could have seen if we stayed longer. But, we had flights to the south of Thailand and to beautiful beaches. Maybe we’ll return again to northern Thailand since we didn’t get to see all the joys it has to offer.

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