Austin Eats – Thai Fresh

October 21, 2008 at 2:30 am 1 comment

Sunday I woke up and stated, “Hey, I want to do something different today!”

“Like, what?” Alex said.

I don’t know if any of you remember how Alex took me to a Thai cooking class for my birthday this past April. While there we learned how to cook four different Thai recipes and met Jam, a lovely Thai woman who hails from Thailand but now lives in South Austin with her husband and son.

We also learned that Jam was in the process of opening a Thai grocery store/restaurant/cooking school. Well last week we both received an email announcing the store’s opening on St. Mary’s street in S. Austin. And today we decided that going there, picking up Thai groceries, and finally cooking those learned Thai recipes would be our something “different.”

Finding Thai Fresh was relatively simple and it’s in a great very “Keep Austin Weird” neighborhood! The store shares a parking lot with a “green” coffee shop and looks insanely appealing from the outside. Upon walking in one can’t help but notice the great aesthetics that comprise the store. From the modern, stained concrete floors to the stainless steel appliances this place has got some great character.

Finding exactly what we needed for Jam’s authentic recipes was super easy because all of the recommended brands of Panang curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, and Thai basil were in plain view! There’s a great section of produce from local growers and a spacious seating area for cooking classes or simply just for dining.

Afterwards, we headed to the Whole Foods headquarters to pick up groceries for the next two weeks. I have a love/hate relationship with this store…the food and other products are the best of the best so it = love….but it’s all so expensive and I want everything, so that = hate. But I guess I don’t mind paying a little bit extra for some extra quality.

Also, I saw a mother breast feeding with a fully exposed boob while asking a stocker where she could find falafel…meh whatevs.

Once home we started cooking Panang Curry with chicken, onion, squash, and Thai basil leaves. It turned out to be very simple and made so much food (we’ll have leftovers for the next 3 days or so). The entire apartment smelt like a Thai restaurant and the two of us were able to pat ourselves on the back with a job well done!

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  • 1. Norris Hall  |  November 11, 2008 at 7:17 am

    If you like Thai cooking try this site
    http://www.thaifoodtonight.com
    It’s got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along.

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