About the Host
The Thai food served by Chef Nok Suntaranon, owner of Philly's acclaimed Kalaya Thai Kitchen, is absolutely authentic and truly dazzling. Growing up in Trang province, Chef Nok helped blend the curry and shrimp pastes that her mother would sell in their village market. Upon relocating to the US, she attended the French Culinary Institute and cut her teeth in NYC at Jean-Georges' Nougatine and Rittenhouse Hotel in Philly, before revisiting her roots by opening Kalaya in 2019. The restaurant became an overnight sensation both locally and nationally, with Philadelphia Magazine awarding Chef Nok "Best of Philly - Best Chef" ('20) and James Beard naming it a finalist for their "Best New Restaurant" award ('20). Did we mention that Esquire named it #1 on its 2020 list of the "23 Best New Restaurants in America," calling it “the restaurant that every food writer—hell, every food lover—dreams of walking into someday.”
About the Event
Chef Suntaranon welcomed us into her home kitchen (via livestream), and taught us how to cook a multi-course authentic Thai meal showcasing a few of her favorite signature dishes (see menu below). And, as is always the case at our events, she took plenty of questions from attendees while she cooked and participated in an extended Q&A to close out the night!
Appetizer: Coconut Rice
Entrée: Kang Ghai Khao Mun (Southern Thai Chicken Curry)
- What does my ticket get me?
In addition to getting unlimited viewing access to the recording of the livestream event, where Chef Suntaranon demonstrated how to cook both dishes and answered plenty of questions from attendees, you will receive access to the companion Recipe Book, which includes a complete grocery list and step-by-step cooking instructions/kitchen equipment/ingredients needed to make each dish.
- How long does this experience take?
From start to finish, this class ran 1hr 49min.
- What will the yield be?
2 servings of each dish.
- What kitchen equipment, appliances, and utensils will be used?
- Large pot
- Medium pot with lid
- Blender or food processor
- Sharp knife & cutting board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sieve or fine mesh strainer
- Medium bowl
- Small bowls for ingredients
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- What ingredients will be needed?
In addition to the following kitchen staples – black pepper, granulated sugar, and kosher salt – Chef Suntaranon recommends acquiring the following ingredients listed below:
- Chile peppers
- Fish sauce
- Jasmine or other long-grain white rice
- Kaffir lime leaves (optional)
- Palm sugar or light brown sugar.
- Pandan leaves (optional)
- Red curry paste
- Shrimp paste (optional)
- Thai basil or regular basil
- Unsweetened coconut cream (optional)
- Unsweetened coconut milk
*Please note, immediately after purchasing your ticket, you’ll receive access to the Recipe Book, which outlines exact quantities of each ingredient from the list above that will be needed to cook each dish.
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