Sunday, 29 June 2014

Thai Cooking Class with Chef Ooy, SILK Restaurant, Andara Resort and Villas, Phuket, Thailand


Andara Resort and Villas Phuket
Chef Ooy

Thai Cooking Class with Chef Ooy
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket


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!

The Setting

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.

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Setting for the Cooking Class

Goon Sarong - Prawns Wrapped in Noodles and Deep Fried

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Ingredients for Marinating the Prawns
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Preparing the Noodles


Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Wrapping the Noodles Around the Prawns is Tricky Business
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
The Finished Prawn Dish - Goong Sarong 

Panang Tao Hoo Taud - Deep Fried Tofu with a Coconut Curry Sauce

Preparation of the chili paste.

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Ingredients for the Chili Paste
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Chopping Ingredients for the Chili Paste
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Grinding the Ingredients for the Chili Paste

Making of the coconut curry sauce.

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Ingredients for the Tofu Sauce
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Simmering the Sauce for the Tofu

Readying the tofu.

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Dipping the Tofu in Flour, Egg and Breadcrumbs
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Deep Frying the Tofu
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Adding Sauce to the Tofu
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
The Finished Dish

Time to Eat

We topped up our lunch with two of Chef Ooy's suggestions. 

Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Chef Ooy's Favourite Dish of Sea Bass with Herbs
Andara Resort and Villas Phuket, Thai Cooking Class
Papaya Salad with Soft Shelled Crab
Cooking classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two to six persons. Advance reservations are required.

Andara Resort and Villas
15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach
Kathu,
Phuket 83150
Thailand
+66 0 76 338 777

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