Bangkok’s hottest travel trend: Cooking with Poo
Travelers from all over the world are coming to Bangkok to cook with Poo. Khun Poo, that is.
Founder of Bangkok’s popular Helping Hands Thai Cooking School in Klong Toey and author of a new English-language cookbook, Poo is the nickname of Saiyuud Diwong.
Over the past four years Poo, which actually means "crab" in Thai, has raised awareness of the Klong Toey slum through her cooking school, founded as part of a fair trade community self-help program that she put together with four other residents.
The one-day cooking class costs 1,000 baht per head. Participants can pick from five set menus that include Thai classics like tom yum, yum nuea yang, khao pad and tom kha gai.
Poo recently launched first cookbook, appropriately titled “Cooking with Poo,” which includes more than 100 pages of her recipes, pictures and stories about the Klong Toey community.