Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cheers to Good Health!

Did you know that Thai food is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines that you can eat?

Many Thai dishes contain an abundance of immunity boosting and disease fighting ingredients such as turmeric, galangal, coriander, lemongrass and fresh chilies. Even coconut milk is believed to lower bad cholesterol and help fight against aging.

The cancer pattern in Asians, particularly Southeast Asians is considerably low, especially when compared with other Western and European countries. In particular, Thais have a lower occurrence of digestive tract cancers than members of other countries.

Three universities in Japan and Thailand did a study with the results showering that Thai food is one hundred times more effective in inhibiting cancerous tumor growth than other foods, and several other Thai dishes are being studied to evaluate their health benefits. One food that particularly appears to stand out from a health point is Thai soup…namely from an ingredient standpoint, Tom Yum soup.

Luckily for all of you who are watching your health out there, I regularly teach a soup course featuring Tom Kha Gai soup which is mildly spicy made with chicken, lime leaves, lemongrass and coconut milk; a Tom Yum Goong soup which is a hot and sour soup made with shrimp, galangal, lemongrass, kiffer lime leaves, lime juice and cilantro, and lastly Gang Jeud Woon Sen which is a non-spicy, clear broth with an abundance of vegetables. The lemongrass, kiffer lime leaves, lime juice and cilantro used in the recipes generally comes straight from my backyard…fresh, organic and natural.

Call or email us to sign up for a soup class today, it’s for your health!

Chef Saithong
(650) 492-5EAT

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cooking Brings a Team Together

Have you ever experienced a memorable team building event? Team building is a valuable way to build a company filled with dynamic players. Working together for the common goal in a team building activity helps workers to build trust, gain energy, increase confidence and develop a better understanding for each other as they work together to achieve a common goal. Encouraging participation and creative ideas can develop a rapport within team members that will last for years to come.

If you are looking for a team building activity, but don’t feel that a ropes course is going to do it, come out to my kitchen for an experience that everyone will appreciate. I’ve hosted several prominent Bay Area companies in the past year including Bank of America, Verisign, Oracle, and Apple to name a few.

Your team will be able to work together to pick out the perfect mixture of Thai spices, compete to see who can create the tastiest batch of soup, and laugh together when the red curry sauce doesn’t turn out as red as you thought it would. We welcome groups of all sizes, whether it is a company team building outing, a birthday party celebration, or just a big group of friends looking to try something different than just sitting around at a restaurant. The cooking experience will be customized to what your particular group is looking for depending on the amount of people, price the group would like to spend, and the amount and type of food that your group would like to cook. After the meal preparation is done, your group would be more than welcome to enjoy their delicious, freshly prepared food out on my beautiful deck with a view.

Email us or call 650-492-5328 and start planning your group event today!

Chef Saithong
(650) 492-5EAT

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Have you picked out the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the special woman in your life?

I highly recommend buying a gift certificate from Yummy Thai Cooking for Mother’s Day. It’s not too late, we can scan the gift certificate over to you, and mom is sure to enjoy learning how to make a wide variety of Thai favorites and some new recipes too! And if mom learns how to create delicious Thai dishes, the whole family will benefit around the dinner table.

Another gift option is to purchase mom a gift certificate for the mother and child cooking class that I offer. Studies have shown that the best way to get a picky eater interested in food and eating is to involve them in the meal preparation process. If you are tired of cooking the same old macaroni and cheese from the blue box, this is the class for you. The class lasts about two hours in length and is reasonably priced at $45. Children learn about the safe and responsible use of kitchen tools while assisting mom in preparing a meal that you can take home and enjoy with your whole family after class. Recipes and kitchen skills are angled towards the age and maturity level of the children enrolled in the class.

Don’t buy mom a gift that requires a plug! Send her over to take a class with us at Yummy Thai Cooking, you’ll be happy you did.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Holiday Feasts, Celebrations and Dessert

Thailand is nicknamed “The Land of Smiles” because of the gentle and welcoming behavior exhibited by those who live there. With the incredible beauty of the beaches, amazing culture and historical landmarks, the people who live in Thailand have plenty to smile about.

This week marks a National holiday in Thailand and many other countries across the globe.

May 1 is National Labour Day, which honors the importance of workers in Thailand and honors the contributions they have made to their country. On this particular day, the government allows all employees the day off work to celebrate the holiday. When you are heading off to work on Friday, think of the people of Thailand enjoying their three day weekend giving them one more thing to smile about.

Holidays are celebrated in Thailand with feasts and banquets. Some of the food provided at the banquets may hold a symbolic meaning. Small pieces of food that have a thin layer of egg or noodles wrapped around them are commonly known as “golden threads.” Golden threads are believed to bring wealth and good luck. Generally in Thailand, fruit is served as dessert following a meal, a very healthy choice for the waistband, but during a special occasion, sweeter desserts are served, usually cakes or liquid desserts, such as bananas in coconut milk. Try Chef Saithong's appetizer and dessert class to learn how to make some delicious Thai desserts for your own celebrations.