Thai Fruit Carving Class with Petcharee Tamawong-Benjamin

Although it’s been quiet on the blog front recently, some really neat things related to Thai food have been happening in real life.  I’ve learned how to make a super delicious new salad, feasted on an absolutely outstanding khao man gai made by a friend, and done some fun Thai test kitchen experiments that I’ll fill you in on soon.  However, my absolute favorite experience of recent was taking an introductory Thai fruit carving class!

The class was taught by Petcharee Tamawong-Benjamin, an amazingly talented woman who has been practicing the ancient art of Thai fruit carving for many years.  In addition to having an impressive portfolio of some of the most intricately carved fruits and vegetables I’ve seen, she’s also an award-winning photographer, and a genuinely nice person to boot!

Our class started with a little history about this royal art form and an introduction to the agile, but very sharp knife used to create these spectacular pieces.  Then it was time to get to work!   [click to continue…]

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