Around the World, Thailand

[Cooking Grandma Style! Day 2 – Bangkok, Thailand

December 9, 2015

Good morning Bangkok! Time to head out for the day and what better way to start it then to seek out breakfast spot and hidden gem “On Lok Yun“. This gem is an 80 year old cafe which is also an accidental Instagram hotspot. Get the Kaya (coconut jam) toast – cloudlike white bread to dip into the kaya, evaporated milk mixed plate and the butter and sugar toast. While you can’t go wrong with the menu, the toast is top of my list but for thirty cents I guess you can also get a bowl of Papaya. It’s old school charm is borderline hipster but I dare you not to fall in love with it.

Morning commute in, others are already having their breakfast

Morning commute in, others are already having their breakfast

With so many options to choose from it was hard not to stop on the way

With so many options to choose from it was hard not to stop on the way

Breakfast begins!

Breakfast begins! (from the iPhone archives)

Filled with delicious coffee, tea and toast

Filled with delicious coffee, tea and toast

Butter + Sugar Toast

Butter + Sugar Toast

And we're finally done, kaya custard and all

And we’re finally done, kaya custard and all

We took a little walk

We took a little walk

Spotted som snacks

Spotted som snacks

Ben got some and we of course ate it out of a bag

Ben got some and we of course ate it out of a bag

Wandered further past more stores and stalls

Wandered further past more stores and stalls

Had to take a water break

Had to take a water break

We meant to stop by the temples at this point as we embarked on a several mile walk in Old Siam towards Chef LeeZ cooking class. Instead we stumbled upon this amazing side street market. I walked away with a healthy round of snacks and a ton of wooden serving ware. This was one of my favorite moments, our happy accident was turning onto this street where everyone was surprised and so happy we had found it rather than hitting up more tourist leaning favorite Khao San Road. They indulged my photo taking and question asking graciously.

There are windy streets

There are windy streets

Filled with salty fish

Filled with salty fish

and beautiful snacks

and beautiful snacks

You find yourself bartering over some dishwater

You find yourself bartering over some dishwater

Scoping everything in your path

Scoping everything in your path

And ultimately deciding on this delicious coconut cream skillet dessert you can only describe as pockets of fluffy happiness

And ultimately deciding on this delicious coconut cream skillet dessert you can only describe as pockets of fluffy happiness

Afterwards we arrived at our class. Cannot say how awesome this class was. Chef LeeZ was spunky, took us through SO SO many recipes and walked us to a local market to buy groceries. She showed us how people fake Thai food and the things that make it taste not so authentic when you’re dining in restaurants or picking up a quicky version at 7/11. We made (in no particular order) Green Curry, Massaman Curry, Green Papaya Salad, Mango and Sticky Rice, Pad Thai and Tom Ka Gai Soup. Honestly we made so many things I’m probably forgetting a few. We learned so many great techniques from this class and Chef LeeZ was so awesome letting my boyfriend who has a shellfish allergy do everything with chicken instead. We both cooked the non-shellfish version and then she still brought me a shellfish laden bowl to try so I could taste everything. If you’re looking for a cooking class in Bangkok, this is the one you’ve got to try.

First we went to the market! Above is a picture of my pre class snack from the last market

First we went to the market! Above is a picture of my pre class snack from the last market

Wanted all these butchered meats

Wanted all these butchered meats

Chef LeeZ getting our ingredients together

Chef LeeZ getting our ingredients together

Showing us all the shallots and Thai garlic

Showing us all the shallots and Thai garlic

We went back to the class room

We went back to the class room

I tired to focus on class

I tired to focus on class

But found myself distracted

But found myself distracted

Still we buckled down and cooked

Still we buckled down and cooked

Mostly...

Mostly…

With all the ingredients ready we made the following...

With all the ingredients ready we made the following…

Green Curry

Green Curry

Shrimp paste, Tom Ka Gai

Shrimp paste, Tom Ka Gai

Our own coconut cream and milk for Mango and Sticky Rice

Our own coconut cream and milk for Mango and Sticky Rice

Massaman Curry and more

Massaman Curry and more

Pad Thai and Green Mango Salad (not papaya)

Pad Thai and Green Mango Salad (not papaya)

Afterwards my stomach went on strike and said OMG how can you have been eating this entire time. Granted we’d been walking an easy 8 miles a day but it still decide it was done playing ball. We went back to the hotel and laid down in what can only be described as a blissful state of air conditioning. We tried several cab drivers hoping for a ride back but none of them seemed to know where the hotel was. Turns out none of them wanted to venture in the traffic. Instead we took a river boat which falls under public transport for the city. Shame on all the cities that don’t have magical boats to ride.

 

Into the boats we went

Into the boats we went

Public transit below city level

Public transit below city level. (despite the pics, this was mostly locals riding it since it beat the traffic)

Selfie or we weren't there!

Selfie or we weren’t there!

Goodnight day filled with snacks

Goodnight day filled with snacks

Goodnight Chef Leez

Goodnight Chef Leez

Sweet dreams of Mango Sticky Rice

Goodnight and sweet dreams of Mango Sticky Rice

Goodnight Bangkok, we’ll see you again in a few days!

 

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