Curry

Massaman Curry

Cooking Lesson – Massaman Curry (มัสมั่น)

Massaman Curry is a relatively mild, but rich Thai curry which is actually a Thai interpretation of a Persian dish. You can find is as well on many menus written as Matsaman, Mussulman or even Muslim Curry since it is believed that the name refers to the Muslims.
Where the dish really originates from is disputed. Some think it is coming from Central Thailand, namely the court of Ayutthaya. Others believe that it is a Southern Thai dish, influenced by Malay and Indian cuisine.
The most common variety of Massaman Curry is Massaman Curry Chicken with other varieties being beef, duck, mutton and goat. Porc is not very often used, since it is “haram”, meaning forbidden, for muslims.
The Massaman Curry paste is quite different to the other common curry pastes in the Thai cuisine. This is due to the use of rather non typical spices in the paste like Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, star anise, bay leaves, nutmeg and mace. These ingredients came from the Malay Archipelago and South Asia, a trade route dominated at the time by Muslim traders from the middle east. These ingredients were then combined with local produce spices which are used in the other Thai curry pastes like dried chili peppers, lemongrass, coriander seeds, shrimp paste, galangal, white pepper, shallots and garlic.
If you are a curry fan check out our other curry recipes like Phanaeng Curry, Green Curry and Yellow Curry. If you did the cooking class with Joy you should be able to prepare them after the recipe shown.

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Massaman Curry
Instructions
  1. Heat up the oil in a suitable pan or wok
  2. Add onions and potatoes and fry them until the onions are soft
    potatoes and onions
  3. Add the curry paste and mix it all up
  4. Add the chicken cubes and keep stirring
    Added Curry paste and chicken
  5. Add the coconut milk
    Add the coconut milk
  6. Add salt and some water until everything is covered.
    Add water and salt
  7. Bring to boil and simmer it until the potatoes are cooked - if necessary add more water and coconut milk
    Cook until potatoes are soft
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Steamed fish with Lime Sauce

Cooking Class Recipe:

Pla Kapong Nueng Manao (ปลากระพงนึ่งมะนาว)

This Thai dish is really easy to cook, looks impressive and tastes like heaven. There are only a few ingredients necessary and these are easy to get in the western world.
Pla (ปลา) is the Thai word for fish. Pla Kapong (ปลากระพง) is usually translated into English as Snapper. The only problem is, that the fish sold on the markets and offered in restaurants as white snapper is in reality a Barramundi or Asian Sea Bass. This fish is very popular all over Asia and northern Australia and is now becoming much wider distributed.
However, this Thai dish tastes very good as well prepared with a red snapper, grouper or similar fish. Nueng (นึ่ง) means “steamed” and Manao (มะนาว) means “lime”. You will find this dish in every single good sea food restaurant in Thailand. It is worth remembering the Thai letters or at least the Thai pronunciation of the dish: The best and most authentic restaurants in Thailand do not have the menus in English or English speaking waiters.

Now have fun with cooking!

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Steamed fish with Lime Sauce
Cooking Course Steamed Snapper With Lime
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings
Ingredients
Cooking Course Steamed Snapper With Lime
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cups of water to a pan or wok which fits the whole fish and bring to boil
  2. Put the fish prepared how you learned in the cooking class in the pan / wok.
  3. If necessary add water so the fish is covered and add ginger. Put a lid on and let it simmer for 10 minutes
    Phase photo cooking course
  4. While the fish is cooking prepare the sauce
Sauce
  1. Chop garlic and ginger together so they are mixed and put in a bowl.
  2. Add Salt, Sugar, Fish Sauce and Lime juice and mix all together
Final preparation
  1. Sprinkle celery on fish, close the lid and let it boil for another 10 min.
    Cooking Course Steamed Snapper With Lime
  2. When the fish is cooked, take it out of the pan and place it together with some soup from the pan onto a large plate
  3. Pour the sauce over the fish and garnish with celery, spring onions and slices of lime
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Spring Rolls

Cooking Class – Popiah (ปอเปี๊ยะ)

In this cooking lesson we are preparing one of the Thai versions of a worldwide popular starter and snack: Popiah, which is the name for spring rolls in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.
Spring rolls are rolled and filled appetizers which come in a large variety. Its origins are from China. The Chinese chūn juǎn (春卷) literally translated means “spring roll” and comes from a pancake filled with fresh spring vegetables.
Cooking Class - small variety spring roll
The popiah we are preparing in this cooking class is the fried one, the most common variety in Thailand. If our cooking students are interested, we teach as well the tiny snack variety shown in the picture. Other varieties of Popiah are “Salad Rolls”. This is often the choice or our more health oriented vegetarian students. The difference to the spring rolls described here is merely that it’s rolled in a different pastry and not deep fried. This way to prepare spring rolls is more common in Vietnam, which is the reason that the pastry used is called “Vietnamese spring roll pastry”. It actually is just rice paper.
For now have fun with the popiah cooking class.

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Spring Rolls
Spring Roll Cooking Lesson 01
Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
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Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
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Spring Roll Cooking Lesson 01
Instructions
  1. defrost the spring roll sheets (pastry)
    Spring roll pastry
  2. Soak the glass noodles for about 10 minutes
  3. Heat oil in a wok or pan
  4. Add all the vegetables and stir fry them for a short time
  5. Add sugar, soy sauce, salt and glass noodles and stir until glass noodles are cooked
  6. Put aside at let cool down a bit
    Spring Roll Cooking Lesson
  7. Take the spring roll sheets out and start wrapping them like learned in the cooking class
    Cooking class rolling spring rolls
  8. Deep fry the spring rolls
  9. Get rid of excess oil and serve
    Spring Roll Cooking Lesson
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Soup

Tom Kha

Cooking Class Recipe – Tom Kha (ต้มข่า)

The recipe for this cooking class is not the most common variety of Tom Kha, which is Tom Kha Gai, or Chicken Galangal Soup, but the vegetarian variety. No worries, if you want to do this Thai Soup with Chicken, just replace the Tofu with chicken et voilà…we have Tom Kha Gai.

In case you already had a look at our Tom Yum cooking class recipe you know that Tom (ต้ม) means “cooked” in Thai language. Kha (ข่า) means Galangal, as well known as Thai Ginger of Galgant. But this is not what most foreigners remember when they have eaten this famous Thai dish. It is the creamy coconut milk which is the base for this soup. The coconut milk softens the heat of the spices and gives you a nice afterburn in the throat.
Now let’s go to the hands on experience with the recipe for this cooking class:

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Tom Kha
Cooking Class Tom Kha Gai
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Cooking Class Tom Kha Gai
Instructions
  1. Chop Tofu to cubes and deep fry – put aside.
  2. Add 250 ml coconut milk to a sufficient sized pot.
  3. Add the galangal, chopped lemon grass, chopped onion, and some water.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Add tofu, mushrooms and the rest of the coconut milk.
  6. Add sugar and salt.
  7. As soon it boils again, add cherry tomatoes and the juice of the lime.
  8. Take off the stove and sprinkle the chopped spring onions on top.
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Fried Rice

Cooking Course recipe – Fried Rice (ข้าวผัด)

Fried rice is originally coming from China and probably is the most known food export from this marvelous cuisine. It first became a staple dish in almost all surrounding countries and then made it’s way all around the world in myriads of different ways to prepare.
In this cooking lesson we will prepare Fried Rice Chicken. Of course in the variety how fried rice developed in Thailand. Like many other Thai dishes you can cook Fried Rice with a variety of meats. Seafood or just vegetarian with tofu is an option as well. The main difference to the Chinese original is the choice of rice. In Thailand this dish is prepared with Jasmine Rice instead of regular long-grain rice.
The Thai name (ข้าวผัด) is pronounced Khao Phat. Khao means “rice” in Thai, and Phad “being stir-fried.
Thai fried rice is usually served with some lime and sliced cucumber as a side.
Now it is time to get hands on experience. Have fun with this lesson of our cooking course.

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Cooking Class Fried Rice
Cooking Lesson Fried Rice
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
Servings
Cooking Lesson Fried Rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat a large wok or a large pan to medium heat
  2. Pour coconut oil or vegetable oil in
  3. Add garlic and fry until yellow
  4. Add chicken and fry until cooked, add egg and keep frying.
  5. Add carrots, baby corn, cabbage and peas and fry until all the vegetables are soft
  6. Add the steamed rice
  7. Add the soy sauce and the sugar and add at last the tomatoes and the spring onions
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No Name

Thai Cooking Class – No Name Vegetable (โนเนมผัก)

Hardly found in any restaurant outside of Thailand, this cooking class is about a Thai snack, which is very popular with westerners, visiting the island destinations in the South of the country. The dish literally has no name in Thailand. It is a snack originating out of times of poverty, when people scrambled to make a living. This dish was made out of scraps. The name is probably not older than a few decades. It probably was named when American soldiers on leave from the Vietnam War were asking for the name of the dish. The Thai script in the title sounds “No Name Pak” with “Pak” meaning “vegetable”.
In our recipe for the cooking class is already mentioned in the ingredients “… and more vegetables of your choice” which can be taken face value – just experiment with any scraps you have at hand. They work as well with minced meats like pork and chicken and as a more sophisticated variety with prawns.
This snack is served with some tomatoes and lettuce. As a sauce you are usually given the same sweet chilly sauce which accompanies spring rolls when ordered in a restaurant. On our picture the sauce is a homemade sweet chilly sauce which preparation we will show you in another Thai Cooking Class recipe.

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Cooking Class No Name
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, salt, soda water and red curry paste in a big bowl.
  2. Add all the vegetables and mix well
    Cooking Class No Name ready mixed
  3. Add more flour if it is too wet
  4. Heat up the cooking oil in a pan
  5. Spoon the mixture in and fry like learned in the cooking course
    Cooking Class No Name frying
  6. Serve with sweet chilly sauce
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Tom Yum Goong

Cooking Class – Tom Yum (ต้มยำ)

In this cooking class we will prepare the most common variety of Tom Yum: Tom Yum Goong (Shrimp).
This soup dish originates from Laos and central Thailand. It is a popular choice in neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. By now it is well known all over the world.
The name literally translated from Thai language means “to boil” (Tom) and Yam is the name of a spicy and sour salad. The dish for this cooking class has indeed hot and sour flavors. Fragrant herbs and spices are generously used in the broth.
Due to it’s combination and balance of herbs and spices appealing to an entire array of different tastes ranging from spicy over sour and bitter to salty, it could be considered to be “The Thai signature dish”.

Fun fact: Tom Yum Goong is the title of one of the best known Thai action movies although it was marketed in the US as “The Protector”, in the UK as “The Warrior King” and in Germany as “Revenge of the Warrior”.

have fun with your Tom Yum cooking class!

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Tom Yum Goong
Instructions
  1. Bring Water to boil in a pot
  2. Add Lemon Grass, Galangal and Onions and boil for a while
  3. Now you add the vegetable stock together with baby corn, carrots and a pinch of salt to taste
    Cooking Class Tom Yum Goong
  4. Add chilly paste, tomatoes and mushrooms and let it boil until the mushrooms are done
    Cooking Class Tom Yum Goong
  5. Last but not least you add the prawns and let it boil just a little bit longer
    Cooking Class Tom Yum Goong
  6. Turn off the Gas and add the celery and spring onions. If you like the taste, add some coriander as well.
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Phanaeng Curry Chicken

Thai Cooking Lesson – Phanaeng (พะแนง) Curry Chicken

The Phanaeng (or Panang, Penang) Curry is originating from central Thailand and the recipe goes back hundreds of years. The word Phanaeng comes from the Khmer language meaning cross, mostly used for a cross-legged seating position. Traditionally the chicken was placed in a cross legged position upright on the grill. The chicken was bathed in the curry paste with grounded peanuts and then brushed with the same mixture over the whole cooking process. Later the process was simplified by cutting up the chicken in large pieces and, instead of being prepared on the grill, it went to the pot where it was cooked in the sauce. In this cooking lesson you will learn how to cook the Phanaeng Curry Chicken or, if you are vegetarian, Phanaeng Curry can be prepared as well as a vegetarian dish with Tofu.

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Penang Curry Chicken
Instructions
  1. Fry the curry paste with the oil in a wok
    Cooking Class Phanaeng Curry 2
  2. Add chicken, bring to boil again and stir occasionally until the chicken is almost cooked
    Cooking Class Phanaeng Curry 3
  3. Add half of the coconut milk
  4. Add long beans and salt and sugar to taste
  5. Keep stirring until the chicken and the long beans are cooked
  6. Add sliced lime leaves, the red chilly peepers and some more coconut milk if the sauce appears to be too dry
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Morning Glory

Thai Cooking Lesson – Morning Glory ผักบุ้ง

Thai Cooking Lesson Morning Glory
The Morning Glory used for this dish is Ipomoea aquatica, also known as Water Morning Glory or Water Spinach. It is very popular in SE Asian countries as a side or main dish. In most states of the US it is prohibited to cultivate, since it is regarded as a pest but in Texas it is allowed to be grown for personal consumption due to its undeniable culinary potential. This is nothing to worry about, since the consumption is not illegal. Water Morning Glory is now available all over the world at your favorite Asia shop.
A few years ago, when Sairee on Koh Tao still was a swamp in parts, there was a restaurant which was able to harvest their daily supply of the vegetable in a little swamp pond I could see from my office. That stuff really grows like a weed 😉
However, it is a truly popular dish here in Thailand, and, since it is missing on most menus of Thai restaurants abroad, it is a must to taste if you are in the country, and an easy done recipe to learn in your Thai cooking course with Joy.

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Morning Glory
Thai cooking koh tao - morning glory
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Cuisine Thai
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Thai cooking koh tao - morning glory
Instructions
  1. Chop the Morning Glory to 1 1/2 " (4 cm)
  2. Mix the chopped morning glory with sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce in a big bowl
  3. Fry garlic in a wok until yellow
  4. Make sure the wok is evenly hot. Pour the content of the bowl in and stir fry for a short time
  5. Add a bit of water and stir until it boils. Turn off the heat.
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Thai Ginger Chicken

Thai cooking course – Phad King Gai (ผัดขิงไก่)

Thai Ginger Chicken is a Chinese influenced Thai dish with high popularity all over the country and in Laos. Phad King is as well prepared with a variety of other meats like pork and beef or as well vegetarian with tofu. The most important ingredient is the Ginger which gives this Thai dish it’s unique characteristic taste. It is served with rice.

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Thai Ginger Chicken
The pictures show a slight variation of the recipe with no mushrooms, but sweet corn and a few other amendments. Feel free to experiment yourself since ingredients for every recipe in the world are not written in stone, but a very important thing in good cooking is choosing the freshest ingredients.
Cooking lesson koh tao
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Cooking lesson koh tao
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic, ginger and onions
    cooking class phase 1
  2. Then add chicken. Stir until it is cooked.
    Cooking Class Phad King Gai Phase 2
  3. Now you start to add all the sauces - first soy sauce and dark soy sauce
    Add soy sauce and dark soy sauce
  4. Add sugar and a bit of water. Heat until it boils.
    Sugar and Water
  5. Then add oyster sauce and mushrooms.
    add mushrooms
  6. Taste it and add more sauce if it still doesn't taste right.
  7. At the last minute add red pepper and spring onions.
    At last add spring onions and red peppers
  8. Stir a bit, then turn off gas
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