Today was my last day in Thailand. Victoria and I had booked a cooking class at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking school. The lessons are run by a lady called Poo (Poo is actually her nick name, derived from her full name Champoo – Thai for rose apple). Poo lives in the Klong Toey area of Bangkok, where she used to run a small food stall. She was only making just enough money to feed her family, when the Helping Hands organisation approached her and helped to set up a cooking school. With some help from her catchy nickname, her Cooking With Poo classes are now very popular! Other residents of Klong Toey also benefit from the business, supplying aprons, cloth bags and raw materials used in the classes. If you’re interested in the class, I’d highly recommend it! Check out the Cooking with Poo website or Facebook page.
After a full day at Ayutthaya, I was ready for a quiet day on Wednesday. After a sleep in, Victoria and I went to a shopping centre called Terminal 21. Each floor is themed like a different country, and the signs above the escalators are like airport boarding gates. We checked out the theme on each floor, and stopped in at an impressive Rome themed toilet. I bought a tshirt and a funky bow tie, and we had lunch in the food court. It was a nice lazy way to start the day!
It was our last day in Chiang Mai. We’d covered just about everything on our initial plan, except for the Warorot market, a market located a short distance outside the eastern wall, which sells fresh and cooked food, along with clothing, kitchenware, souvenirs and other miscellaneous items.
Yesterday was our first full day in Chiang Mai. We had spent some time on Tuesday working out the various things we wanted to see while we’re here. Towards the top of our list was Doi Suthep, a temple located on a mountain just a short way out of the city.
We had breakfast at Elliebum at 8am then walked to the north gate of the Old City to catch a songthaew. These are a form of taxi, basically a red ute with a special canopy built on the back providing bench seats and shelter.
Dumplings are one of my favourite Asian foods, great for a snack or as a meal! When I learnt to make dumplings, I was surprised how easy they are. Folding them is a bit time consuming, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
All the ingredients are generally available at a regular supermarket, but you’ll most likely need to find an Asian grocer to buy the dumpling wraps. There are quite a few around in Melbourne, so they’re not that difficult to source. They’re also incredibly cheap, costing only a couple of dollars for a pack of almost 100 wraps.
Once you’ve made your dumplings, you can either cook them straight away or store them in the freezer to eat later. Check out my tip below if your’e going to freeze them.
Read on to make your own dumplings!
I posted my Hot Cross Bun recipe last year, but this year I’ve tried a couple of other recipes and have made some changes to my original. Given it’s Easter again, I figured now’s a good time to share!