We love Asian food in our home and it was therefore a wonderful treat to have the opportunity to cook with Chef Taweesak Trakoolwattana (Chef Tao) author and head chef of the popular Dublin restaurant Saba.
Thanks to WHPR I received an invitation to learn to cook some Thai food at their Thai and Vietnamese food store and takeout which is in Rathmines in Dublin called Saba To Go.
The invitation was to join the Chef’s at Saba To Go one afternoon to learn to cook some Thai food.
As the children were on vacation from school and have enjoyed our cooking with the kids activities, I was delighted that they could accompany me. In fact with Chef’s help, they did all the cooking!
The availability of Asian food is very different now than when I arrived in Ireland back in 2000. Many ingredients you can get in supermarkets and there are Asian food stores.
I asked Chef Tao about what, if any challenges they have accessing the ingredients they need in the Saba properties. In fact they use so many spices and Thai ingredients that they import them directly and have a weekly delivery from Thailand.
Chef Tao explained to the girls the key ingredients of Thai cookery – fortunately we have all but one of the ingredients so it was easy for us to replicate one of the recipes the next day as the girls enjoyed the food so much.
He asked them what kind of food they liked so they each ended up cooking a dish each with his help, and then they all cooked the final dish. They prepared Tom Yaam Goong soup, Thai Stir Fry Chicken (Xao Xa Ot), Fried Noodles with Beef and Egg Fried Rice with Prawns, all of which are on the menu.
I have written the recipe for the Thai Stir Fry Chicken (Xao Xa Ot) below if you would like to try it. My eldest loved it and it also is a great back to school evening meal as it is quick to cook and I have included it in my series of recipes for ‘Cooking with the Kids’.
When the girls had finished cooking, we were able to take the food home to enjoy. It was delicious.
I certainly recommend that if you are looking for Thai food and are in the South Dublin or Central Dublin area to visit either Saba the restaurant or Saba To Go. Take a look at the Saba To Go website as they have a lot of different offers and they also have a delivery service available serving South Dublin.
They also have a kids menu, in the event your children prefer less spicy food than you do.
If like me you live outside of Dublin so can not avail of the delivery service, Chef tao and co-owner of the Saba properties Paul Cadden have co-authored the ‘Saba: The Cookbook’. All proceeds go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and The Thai Red Cross. You will find it available for sale in Saba and Saba To Go and in bookstores in Ireland. We certainly plan to buy it to add to our cookery book collection so we can try to re-create some more Thai recipes.
What Thai recipes do you make at home?
Learn how to make the quick an easy recipe for Thai Stir Fry Chicken (Xao Xa Ot) with the recipe below.
Note: All photographs were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom which I have been testing thanks to Samsung Ireland.