Thai food? Cooking class? Yes. Please. This post is dedicated to my lovely friend Leah, who generously gave Van and me a Hipcooks cooking class as a wedding present. Almost 10 months later, we decided to use it. Not really for anything special in particular, which is probably what I was saving it for - but decided on the "Thai One On" cooking class. We attended the class at the West LA location, which is located on Robertson Blvd. Easy parking in a nearby neighborhood. There's also an East LA location, which would have been much closer, but we wanted to go to the other location to leave our hood and try something new. Although Hipcooks classes are only offered in certain cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle I would definitely recommend taking a class if you get the chance. There is a huge selection of classes to take, ranging from asian inspired cuisine like sushi and thai to a more farm to table menu. The cost is $65/ per person and includes a class, big and hopefully yummy dinner and a bit of alcohol too. Our Thai selection came with a Singha tasting, definitely not enough to get drunk or even tipsy, but enough to take the edge off. ;) They probably do that because they don't want the classes to turn into a drunkfest.
Also, if you're squeamish about other people touching your food- this would not be the class for you. Basically, even though everyone washes their hands multiple times a night, (are supposed to anyways) everyone is making food for everyone else.
For example, our menu for the evening was:
Veggie Spring Rolls
Chicken Satay with peanut sauce
Coconut rice with shrimp cilantro
Pad Thai with tofu
Green Curry with eggplant and mushrooms
Red Curry with chicken and cashews
Black rice with coconut cream
I personally got to help out with making the peanut sauce for the chicken satay, which was good. Probably my favorite items of the night were the appetizers: Veggie spring rolls and coconut rice with shrimp and cilantro:
Yes, we hand-rolled those spring rolls. And only ripped a couple of sheets of rice paper in the process.
I also loved the papaya salad. Van was disappointed that the pad thai was not stir-fried, but it was obviously healthier the way we made it, which was basically boiling the noodles and then combining the ingredients in a "pasta salad" way.