London’s 101 Thai Kitchen recently arranged a special cooking course with proceeds going to support Aid For Japan, the charity that Akemi Tanaka founded to support the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.
The classes had been organised for people keen to learn the art of preparing Thai dishes in the style of Isaan cuisine. Isaan cuisine is much loved all over Thailand but Isaan cooking is quite different from that of any part of Thailand. The food tends to be more spicy using lots of fresh and dried chilies.
Eating in Isaan, or even in Thailand, is a very social event. Families and friends will sit on the floors and many dishes will be shared by all diners. Sticky rice is the main staple food of the Isaan, Northern and the Lao people and it is eaten throughout the day, even for breakfast!
The 101 Thai Kitchen raised £90 through this effort for Aid For Japan – funds that go to supporting the charity’s efforts in making life better for the orphans.