Friday, May 04, 2007

Thai Cooking Class

Last night I went to a cooking demonstration class given by Helen Chen. Helen is the daughter of Joyce Chen whose cookware you've probably seen in stores. Helen has written a couple of cookbooks and now has her own line of cookware. She's a very high energy, down to earth person that made the class a lot of fun. Helen prepared 5 different Thai dishes that we got to taste.

The class was held at Cooks'Wares at Harper's Point. It's close by and they have a small, but nice area where 24 people can watch a cooking demonstration. Mirrors above the counter/stove let you see exactly what the chef is doing. It's small enough so you can interact with the chef and ask questions along the way about recipe substitutions, favorite brands of ingredients, cooking techniques, etc. Check out their course offerings here. It's worth the price and you get a 10% discount at the store when you're attending a class. I picked up a couple items like a new, large flat bottomed wok and a Japanese mandolin. Can't wait to try some of the Thai recipes I learned about.


Dianne said...

That makes two of us. Did you ask about onion substitutes?

Hamster said...

Don't know if you've seen this already but if not Yu might be interested in this website.
It's got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along
Good if you like to try cooking Thai food at home

Earl said...

Hamster -- thanks for the tip! Nice site.