I didn’t know what to expect. The speed cooking calender states very clearly 12:30 to 13:30: we cook, then eat. All for 15euro. Monday it’s well-being cuisine, Tuesday Thai cuisine, Wednesday all about Italian cuisine, Thursday fusion food, and finally Friday discovering the world through world-cuisine. Repeat. What I didn’t know is that recipes change from one week to the other, so there is more to discover about Thai cuisine than the 1 recipe.
The Mmmmh venues are all about casualty, and openness. I have been there before respectively for cooking classes and wine tastings, and always feel very welcomed. Armed with camera and lots of curiosity I thus booked the Thai cooking class given by Touta on Khao Mou Deng (ok, ok, that’s rice and glazed pork).
We were about 15 eager ‘cooks’, there to discover, cook and taste Touta’s Thai cuisine. Upon arrival, and after a small introduction of the cook and the speed cooking concept, we got started. First a brief run through of the different ingredients, Chinese spinach, spring onions, spices. Then more hands on – but less hands on than I would have liked to – we shared the different chores and started. Chopping, cutting, blanching. The meat was already in the oven waiting to be carved. The rice cooked. We got on with the veggies. A certain buzz, laughter and amazement, lots of questions, and overall a lot of fun. Perhaps some of the explanations could have been given into more detail as it always a challenge to repeat a recipe at home.
Thai cooking over, we got on with the eating. It tasted absolutely delicious. Personally I love Asian food in all its forms, so being able to follow a recipe from beginning to end gave me more confidence for my own cooking. Touta was an entertaining and knowledgeable chef, so that made even novices like me feel at ease in this new speed cooking environment. (English is spoken as well, so no misunderstandings there.)
I guess it’s all a question of lifestyle. Cooking is very en vogue, people have less time, so why not spend a pleasant hour over lunch break cooking, eating, meeting people? No wonder the speed cooking classes are booked well in advance! I know I’ll go back for another speedy experience. And if you have already tried out the speed cooking experience or other cooking courses in Brussels, I would love to hear what you thought about it – and if you would recommend it further.
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