Monday, November 3, 2014

Chiang Mai, Thailand

On my way to the tattoo shop, these ducks were drying in the sun-

Most establishments, whether restaurants, bars, massage shops and even tattoo shops have a special place for worship-

When a person gets a tattoo, immediately afterwards, they're thinking of their next one!  And so, yesterday, for some reason, I wandered into The Master Shop.  I looked in his book and recognized his talent.  Later on last night, I went back with my idea.  We found an image online, printed it and made an appointment for 11 am today.

This is the stencil on my hand-

The Master and me-

This tattoo is very special because it's done with a bamboo stick, not a machine-

The finished product-

After the tattooing, I took a Thai cooking class at Pum Thai Food.  Thong Kham was a great teacher!  Here he's explaining the various herbs used in Thai cooking such as lemongrass, green and red chilies, galangal, Thai sweet basil, kaffir lime leaves and shallots-

Later he explained how these sauces are used in Thai cooking: fish sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Thai chili paste, soy bean paste, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, ketchup, pickled radish and crispy fried garlic-

I made Tom Yum Goong soup which is a hot and sour soup with prawns.  It was so flavorful!

I also made Gaeng Kheo Wan Gai - green curry with chicken as well as Gai Phad Med Mamuang - chicken satay with peanut and cucumber sauces-

Everything was fantastic, in fact, the green curry is the best I've had so far!  I even have all the recipes.

Supper was rotee, one with cheese and egg, the other with chocolate and banana!

I've enjoyed my time in Chiang Mai and am looking forward to Vietnam tomorrow!

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