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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thailand. The Detour.

After 4 days on Koh Phi Phi, we were set to go to Koh Tao, an island on the other side of the mainland. The plan was:
1. Boat from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket (mainland city)
2. Taxi to Phuket airport
3. Fly to Koh Samui (island)
4. Boat to Koh Tao
Of course, sometimes things don't go according to plan. The guy who booked our boat to the mainland (known from now on as He Who Shall Not Be Named), booked our boat ride to the WRONG part of the mainland! So instead of docking in Phuket, we docked in Krabi because He Who Shall Not Be Named thought for some reason that we were flying out of the Krabi airport. So, long story short, we fumed at HWSNBN for a while as we missed our flight to Koh Samui that morning, and thus missed the ferry boat to Koh Tao. (And we had already booked a hotel for 2 nites on Koh Tao).

Thank goodness for the nice taxi driver and his travel agent wife, who helped us change our flight to an afternoon one, so we at least made it to Koh Samui that night. We still had a few hours to spare though, so we decided to take a Thai cooking class before we flew out that afternoon. This was like a little blessing in disguise I guess because it was a great experience. We love Thai food and to learn how to cook it so that I can make Thai meals at home is awesome!

We went to Aonang Thai Cookery.
and had a grand ol' time with Sow, the chef.
I want you for Aonang Thai Cookery School!
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So excited! We got to choose five dishes that we wanted to make.
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The kitchen. There was only 3 of us learning that day.
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With Sow, our chef and trainer.
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Chopped lemongrass. An ingredient in a lot of Thai and Vietnamese dishes.
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Making Penang curry.
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My man in the kitchen. I love it! Though he says he's forgotten how to make any of the dishes we learned that day. It's ok, he's still a great dishwasher! =)
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Tom Yum Soup. Yum!
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About to enjoy the fruits of our labor. (All of the dishes were surprisingly relatively easy to make.)
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Our huge lunch with five dishes per person! We had tom yum soup, pad thai, penang curry, chicken cashew, and spring rolls. So good and so full afterward.
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