Nam Isan or fermented pork from the North East of Thailand is one of the most delicious foods that have come out of Isan.
But whilst it might be the most popular and well known street food, Isan has more to offer.
Yum Kor Mu Yang is spicy salad with charcoal grilled pork neck. And then there is the Som Tam Pla Ra and Mu Laab
The Thai Farm Cooking School has been open since the year 2000 and is one of the few cooking schools on a farm where you can see how vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown. Ingredients you will pick fresh. Everything is grown organically and most of the trees are planted by Sawat, who is very passionate about farming. It was a rice field in the past which has been transformed into a productive farm supplying the school with fruit vegetables and herbs.
You Sabai offer a Thai cooking course that that is as much about a way of life as it is about learning to cook. There is no electricity in the huts (candles and headlamps illuminate the way at night), and the washroom is anr earthen hut just up the path. The shower is as traditional as it gets in this part of the world: a large bucket filled with water (all the water here is from a rain catchment or nearby reservoir), with a smaller scoop or bowl to ladle the water all over yourself.
And the water is always colder than you expect it to be.
The kitchen overlooks the open valley and distant foothills. Consisting of little more than a few posts, a roof, four lonely wooden stands holding propane burners and a long cement table, it is a bare bones kitchen which turns out excellent food with simple ingredients. Fresh spring rolls, pad thai, panang curry, sweet and sour pineapple, green curry, sweet mango sticky rice. Everything is made from scratch, and with nothing but organic and fresh ingredients, grown onsite or purchased locally.