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