Thursday, April 14, 2016

You've Got Until Sunday to Celebrate Thai Restaurant Week

Chef Nooror, center, her daughter Sandra, and an enthusiastic garlic pounder
There's still time to get in on Thai Restaurant Week, a promotion tied to Songkran, the Thai New Year, that features special dishes at many of the city's best Thai restaurants. I brushed up on my Thai cooking skills Wednesday at a class at the New School of Cooking taught by chef Nooror, owner of Blue Elephant Cooking School in Thailand. We learned how to make Thai curry paste from scratch, used in the red curry beef in the photo, as well as lacy egg baskets for minced chicken and shrimp and a refreshing shrimp salad topped with a poached egg, reflecting chef Nooror's time living in Europe.
red curry beef tenderloin 

I wish I was in Phuket cooking with Blue Elephant right now, but until I can get there, here are some places to sample amazing special Songkran dishes. Among the restaurants participating in Thai restaurant week:

Luv2Eat Thai: My current favorite offers a special shrimp and mackerel vermicelli salad
Lacha Somtum: Another one of my favorites has two special dishes: Steak Lao and Thai rice vermicelli with crab curry
Night Market: Scallop Tostada
Jitlada: Phuket curry noodles
Ayara: The hard to find dish khao kluk kapi of rice with a variety of toppings
Wat Dong Moon Lek: Issan set with fried chicken and papaya salad
The Original Hoy-Ka: Issan set with fried chicken and papaya salad
Pa Ord Noodles: Spicy basil crispy pork, crispy catfish, doo dee noodle soup, seafood salad with green apple, drunken noodle

There's also one more day to win a trip to Thailand in the #SongkranStories promotion -- go to this link for details.

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