Not a cook? No problem. Hipcooks helps you prep a meal, while learning about different cuisines.
Hipcooks in North Park is a demonstration kitchen that hosts events for the community. The most popular are its cooking classes that allow registrants to choose from a variety of menus with featured cuisines such as French, Indian, Spanish, and Thai.
On a recent Thursday night, the Hipcooks host led a group of 12 through a four-course Thai meal complete with recipes to recreate at home. With a shrimp and rice ball appetizer and chicken satay to start, attendees set up on at their own station around the demo table to learn about the different ingredients of the dishes prepared. The menu for Thai One On includes:
- Thai salad rolls with shiso
- Coconut sticky rice with shrimp
- Chicken satay with peanut ginger sauce
- Papaya salad
- Pad Thai with tofu
- Green curry with eggplant & shitake
- Red curry with chicken & cashews
- Forbidden rice with coconut cream
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If it sounds like a lot of food, it is, which makes taking this class well worth it. It’s prepared and eaten family style, which makes it a great opportunity to do with a group of friends or as a team event.
There’s not a lot of cooking skill required to participate in a Hipcooks class and individuals can choose their comfort level of cooking during the different courses.
Favorites off the menu were the red curry and the spring rolls, which were surprisingly easy to make. Since San Diego has several specialty grocery stores, it makes shopping for unique ingredients easier to find.
After class, the instructor will send out recipes with the menu’s meals and tips to everyone on the guest list. Hipcooks also offers volunteer opportunities. If you want to take multiple classes, but don’t want to break your budget, there is a work-trade offer to take classes for free.
Classes do fill up fairly quickly, especially the more popular ones like Thai One On, so it’s best to sign up as soon as possible to get a taste for yourself.