So many people want to learn to cook Thai food, since the cuisine is fantastically popular, delicious and surprisingly easy to prepare. Luckily, there are a variety of easy and cost effective ways for anyone to learn the basics of Thai cooking.
With a bit of knowledge, practice, patience and determination, I can guarantee that you too can become adept at cooking Thai food at home or in a professional setting. This article will get you started on the path towards Thai cooking proficiency today. Let’s cook!
How Can I Learn to Cook Thai?
There are so many methods of learning how to cook any type of cuisine. Nothing will ever substitute for the experience of growing up in Thailand and learning real authentic Thai recipes throughout life. However, here are some of my favorite recommendations for improving your ability to prepare Thai food using the following tools and resources:
- Thai cookbooks and Thai recipe books can give everyone the confidence to tackle some easy Thai recipes at home. Try to find books with lots of pictures and personal suggestions. However, some Thai food cookbooks are notoriously not authentic! Be careful.
- Attend a Thai cooking class, or better yet, enroll at a Thai cooking school. Many civic organizations and local restaurants offer cooking programs. Of course, you can also attend a culinary academy and learn the skills needed to become a Thai chef. One of the best solutions is to take a trip to Thailand and participate in a cooking class in country for the real Thai food experience!
- Arrange Thai cooking lessons from a qualified chef or culinary educator. This can be costly for private lessons, but can be quite reasonable if you can put together a small group of interested friends!
- Thai cooking videos are all over the internet and many can be found on DVD, as well. Videos are great since they truly put you “in the action” so that you can see every detail in the process of creating blissful food. Some are so good, you can almost taste the spicy flavors!
Learn to Cook Thai Food Lessons
In order to truly become great at cooking Thai, you need to understand a bit about the relevance of cuisine to Thai people and how food has shaped the culture of the country. This is something which is often left out of many cookbooks and videos, but is an important part of how I help educate students in real Thai cooking.
The Thai mentality and culture are reflected in the food and so many chefs have the fundamentals down perfectly, but are missing the intangible parts of their recipes. I stress that in order to really appreciate the Thai cooking experience, it is vital to understand the meanings of many of the Thai ingredients and how these are to be properly used in creating the epicurean delight which is personified by all styles of Thai cuisine.
Learn to Cook Thai Advice
There are many paths up the mountain and all have the potential to reach the summit. I know both professional chefs and home cooks who can prepare Thai to perfection. Some have taken on the monumental task of a formal culinary education, often at the most prestigious institutes in the world.
Others simply have some fantastic natural talent, a great sense of taste and an appetite for adventure. However you choose to learn about Thai food, I hope that I can play an important role in helping you to achieve your goals.
Remember, the purpose of this website is to truly help you to learn all you need to know about the wonders of Thai and Southeast Asian cooking and to answer any questions you might have. You can always contact me at any time if you have a specific question related to any topic on this site and I will be happy to answer!