I'll turn the time over to you now, Sweet Cheeks!
Today we had the wonderful wife of one of our deployed branch members over after church. Gina is Thai and a great cook. I asked and she graciously offered to teach us some Thai cooking. When she arrived she had a basket of ingredients to make my favorite Thai dish: Tom Yum Goong. This is a fabulous soup.
This is the tricky part. You need these two sauces and I'm not sure where to find them, though in the US it can't be that hard. This first one is Chili Paste. Gina bought it from Phada Thai here in Misawa.
Kanchanaburi. It had the perfect spice level for me, but was a bit (lot) too spicy for Em.
It's been about 10 months since we visited Thailand. I miss it. Plus, to heighten my Thai awareness, it seems half the branch is/are going there for Christmas vacation. (And another family just got back.) I was just on the phone with my friend/supervisor/district presidency member/orthodontist telling him how to get the "Bangkok Dolls." (I got a lot of weird looks from people on my trip as I tried to find said place. But rest assured, it is a wholesome doll company where we bought our Thai Nativity.)
The cooking lesson and phone conversation brought back lots of fun memories. If you ever get the chance to visit Thailand, I highly recommend it!
Thank you Douggie!!!
If you're interested, you can read my Thailand trip report starting here, and Doug's (with lot's of excellent pictures) starting here!