I Cooked with Poo and I Liked it: Thai Green Curry

I Cooked with Poo and I Liked it: Thai Green Curry

Cooking with Poo

You’re heading off to Thailand and you love cooking so you want to do a cooking class. Imagine typing ‘cooking class Bangkok’ into Google and one of the results being ‘Cooking with Poo’.

That happened to me a few years ago, and you better believe I was curious. I clicked the link and was relieved to find that it was most definitely a real cooking class and the money from the class would go back into the community. Win-win.

As it turned out, ‘Poo’ is short for ‘Chompoo’ (rose apple in Thai) a nickname for Khun Saiyuud Diwong. Poo used to cook and sell food from her home in the Klong Toey slums, but when rice became too expensive, a charity assisted her in setting up a cooking class.

The class itself started with a trip to the Klong Toey wet market. If you’re not keen on some of the more rough edges of food markets, you may want to give this bit a miss. There are plenty of amazing ingredients, but it’s an assault on the senses, particularly visually – you’ll see skinned frogs, freshly slaughtered animal (heads and all), and turtles for sale. I definitely told myself the cute turtles were only there for show.

cooking with poo - market tour

cooking with poo - market tour

Making Thai green curry

On arriving at the cooking school, we got straight into cooking our dishes – one of which was the green curry. Some of the class was done as a group, but the rest was completed solo. Our group activity for green curry was making the key ingredient – green curry paste. It’s a frangant mix of chilli, garlic, galangal and lemongrass, pounded to release all the flavours. Poo took us through the process and then we all had a go with the pestle and mortar.

After that, it was slicing and preparing the vegetables and meat, ready for the pan. Once you’ve made the paste it’s a surprisingly easy dish to put together.

cooking with poo - green curry paste ingredients

cooking with poo

cooking with poo - green curry ingredients

cooking with poo

 

Thai Green Curry recipe

Ingredients

Paste:

  • 1 tbs kaffir lime rind
  • 1 tbs galangal, diced
  • 10 green chillies
  • 1 tbs lemongrass
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced

Curry:

  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 6 tbs fish sauce combined with 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 300gr chicken, sliced
  • 200gr Thai eggplant (if you can’t get Thai eggplant, you can use any vegetables you like.
  • 250ml water
  • 20 Thai basil leaves

Method

  1. Make the curry paste:
    • Use a mortar and pestle to crush the lime rind and galangal.
    • Add the chilli, lemongrass, garlic and onion and grind until its a paste.
  2. Put the finished curry paste to a hot pan and cook for a minute or so.
  3. Add 250ml coconut milk and bring to the boil.
  4. Add torn kaffir lime leaves.
  5. Add fish sauce, sugar and chicken and simmer until chicken is cooked.
  6. Add eggplant and the rest of the coconut milk and water until eggplant is soft.
  7. Add Thai basil, and stir for one minute.
  8. Serve with coconut rice.
  9. Enjoy!

Top tip: Sometimes it’s hard to get things like galangal, so if you do find it, get more than you need and make a bigger batch of the paste. Store what you don’t use in the freezer.

 

Cooking with Poo

Poo’s cooking classes are highly rated (and it’s no surprise), so I advise booking well in advance. If you would like to find out more, take a look at the Cooking with Poo website.

For more food adventures in Thailand, have a read of Louise’s recent post about that exact topic.

 

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Karis is an Aussie way out of her timezone, living in Bristol. During the working week, she gets creative with marketing and events, and in her spare time she’s scouring the internet for cool places to visit and great travel deals. She loves good food and history, so her travel itineraries usually reflect this. Places she loves include Vietnam, Japan, France and Spain. Places she can’t wait to get to include Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Poland and Georgia.

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16 Comments

  1. September 27, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Haha! Nothing like a little click bait to get you into a cooking class. The curry looks super yum – I’d love to learn how! Maybe I’ll skip the frogs and turtles too though. I took a macaron pastry class here in Copenhagen by the Terrible French Pastry chef. As it turned out his last name was Terrible! Sounds better in French. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles.

    • Karis
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      Hahaha! That’s a great name for a cooking class too! I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I get to Copenhagen!

  2. September 27, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve never gotten around to doing a cooking class while travelling. But I would love to!! #farawayfiles

    • Karis
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      I find them a lot of fun and a great way to understand the food and culture better.

    • Karis
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      It’s definitely a great way to understand the culture!

  3. September 29, 2018 / 7:05 am

    Fun little post, thanks for the recipe. Love the idea of buying everything at the market, but think I might have been a bit squeamish too! What a great way to find out about the culture and support the local community! Thanks so much for sharing on #farawayfiles

    • October 13, 2018 / 8:19 am

      yeah I have to say Im not sure if I’d be brave enough for the market, but you’d definitely know the food was fresh!

  4. Anisa
    September 29, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    What a catchy name! Glad to hear it did not mean what I thought it did. I did a similar cooking class in Chiang Mai, which was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • October 13, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Love a good cooking class, try to do them wherever we go, then you can bring a little bit of the trip home with you at dinner times…

  5. October 1, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Hahaha, “poo” sounds actually very tasty! I love Thai green curry. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • October 13, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Bet they get a lot of business thanks to the name!

  6. October 2, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Oh my – your headline caught my attention for sure! But I was quite relieved to read that it was in fact the nickname of your host! I love Thai food and wonderful that you got some authentic tips there too. I love to take local cooking classes in countries I visit – a great way to experience the culture. Bet the aroma was amazing too! #farawayfiles

    • Karis
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      I hoped it would! The whole experience was brilliant and it definitely smelled amazing!

  7. October 2, 2018 / 7:49 am

    I keep telling my husband it would be fun to do a cooking class the next time we go somewhere! This class looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • October 13, 2018 / 8:21 am

      you totally should Lorelei! Me and Just do them whenever we can, always a lot of fun and its so nice being able to cook some of the dishes together back home.

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