Thai Cooking Class with Chef Ooy, SILK Restaurant, Andara Resort and Villas, Phuket, Thailand - The Yum List
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Thai Cooking Class with Chef Ooy, SILK Restaurant, Andara Resort and Villas, Phuket, Thailand
The Andara Resort and Villas Phuket offers a wide range of activities to guests whether of a relaxing nature or more adventurous. We are persuaded to sample a cookery class with the lovely Chef Ooy. We find a colourful table set up for us, literally groaning with ingredients, and we are inducted in the trickeries of wrapping prawns in thread noodles. After this it is happy pounding of the spice for the Panang curry paste involving turmeric and coriander root, two kinds of chili, a whole host of garlic, shallot, lemongrass and more. We learn how to cut Japanese tofu, dip it in flour, egg and breadcrumb lightly before making the sauce. Coconut milk is simmered with the paste while teeny amounts of salt, oyster sauce and palm sugar are added to taste. While cooling the sauce turns a vibrant golden yellow from the turmeric. Our prawns and tofu are deep fried in a sizzling wok before being ready to serve with a fresh papaya salad. We earned our lunch for sure!
A lovely semi al fresco setting cooled by sea breezes and surrounded by greenery is the setting for the cooking class. Participants are provided with water and a pandan welcome drink as well as paper and pencil to record any notes.
Setting for the Cooking Class
Goon Sarong – Prawns Wrapped in Noodles and Deep Fried
Ingredients for Marinating the Prawns
Preparing the Noodles
Wrapping the Noodles Around the Prawns is Tricky Business
The Finished Prawn Dish – Goong Sarong
Panang Tao Hoo Taud – Deep Fried Tofu with a Coconut Curry Sauce
Preparation of the chili paste.
Ingredients for the Chili Paste
Chopping Ingredients for the Chili Paste
Grinding the Ingredients for the Chili Paste
Making of the coconut curry sauce.
Ingredients for the Tofu Sauce
Simmering the Sauce for the Tofu
Readying the tofu.
Dipping the Tofu in Flour, Egg and Breadcrumbs
Deep Frying the Tofu
Adding Sauce to the Tofu
The Finished Dish
Time to Eat
We topped up our lunch with two of Chef Ooy’s suggestions.
Chef Ooy’s Favourite Dish of Sea Bass with Herbs
Papaya Salad with Soft Shelled Crab
Cooking classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two to six persons. Advance reservations are required.