thai cuisine 101

November 12th, 2008

For someone visiting London for the first time, it might come as a surprise that on any city street corner, one is just as likely to spot a Thai restaurant as a traditional English fish-n-chips shop.  It seems that even the pickiest meat and potatoes eaters have succumbed to the exotic flavors of the east.  If only we knew how to cook Thai food ourselves…

Fortunately the Halkin hotel of London is offering a series of Thai cooking classes for 2009 at its restaurant, nahm – the very first Thai restaurant in Europe to earn a Michelin star. 

Devised by nahm‘s head chef Matt Albert, the class covers the various aspects of Thai cuisine, introducing classic yet innovative recipes and fresh ingredients, flown over from Bangkok exclusively for nahm.  Instruction is relaxed but hands-on – classes are limited to eight guests each to ensure optimum participation.

Choose from two different classes:

CURRIES CLASS (January 17, June 6; 2009, £185 per person)

Learn the secrets of preparing the perfect curry paste and curry pairings, whether it be red curry for fish cakes or a green curry of chicken.

COMPLETE THAI MEAL CLASS (March 7, May 16, September 12, October 10; 2009, £225 per person)

Learn a full Thai meal from A-Zed: curry, salad, soup and stir fry combine to make a varied and satisfying supper.  Afterwards, Troy Sutton, nahm‘s sommelier, will discuss the art of pairing elegant wines with the challenging tastes of Thai cuisine. 

For further information or to make a booking, email, or visit the Halkin website at

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