Let us introduce you to Gietto. She comes from Copenhagen, Denmark. She told us people in Copenhagen likes to ride bicycles but she preferred driving a car to commute. She came here to visit Thailand to escape winter in Denmark for about three months. Then it became a good chance for her to travel around. This year she has been to India, Australia, and just came to Thailand for a week.
Her life story is really interesting. She has loved to travel since a very young age. It began with her family loving to travel so much and they took her around the countries. She started to travel alone since she was only 14 years old. Moreover, it is an immense surprise that she has been to more than 70 countries so far. Especially with this age; she is already 62 but looks like 50 something. She looks real young. She doesn’t have any children so it is free to travel and be by herself. She looks so happy and refresh all the time with the philosophy book in the hand.
She has been fascinated with food for all of her life. She likes to watch people cook, follows how they cook and cook it herself at home. She told us she has been to a lot of countries and always been curious about their food. She knew about all the ingredients the chef are preparing and looked at them closely.
She came back to Hom hostel again after she went to visit her friend in Australia. The reason why she came back here is to see the cooking demo by chef Piya. She even remembered the name of the chef after not having seen him for awhile. To our surprise, before the chef came, she was already waiting at the chef’s table, ready to watch him cooking.
She also added to the reason why she came back to Hom hostel that this hostel is exclusively a hostel with big cozy kitchen that guests are always warmly welcome to cook their own food all the time. Additionally, there are cooking demonstration as in cooking demo at the evening when the professional chef comes and let the guests enjoy a variety of traditional and authentic Thai food which changes every day. Therefore, basically if the guests would like to try diverse Thai food with intriguing knowledge about the food. They can join the cooking demo every single day.
While the chef were preparing the food ingredients, she showed us the book named Thai Street Food by David Thompson that was on Hom’s cooking bookshelf. It was a giant heavy book that would be impossible to carry from one place to another. She said she had one at home. She bought it back in Denmark because it looked so interesting to her just because she love Thai street food so much and she could not find it in fancy restaurants in her country so sometimes she had to prepare ingredients and cook them by herself.
She showed us some of her favorite Thai street food in the book. She liked something crispy. She liked Thai cupcakes, These wonderful cakes are eaten throughout the day and they deserve to be. They are addictive and a true description of these crisp, golden-skinned wafer cups with soft and creamy centres.
The other of her favorite food is crispy prawn and turmeric wafers. This snack was originally brought to Thailand by the Vietnamese. The wafers are cooked in a quite a small wok. Some versions of the recipe make thick opaque wafers by adding a little egg to the batter. However she said she prefer the translucent thinness of this version. It is slightly harder to make, but the result is alluring.
The chef made papaya salad for two guests. Gietto told the chef first that she couldn’t take too much hot and spicy. So he put less chilli in the papaya salad than it should be. However, he said the food will be less tasty because it is not the regular version. Still she said it was good. She liked its taste. She said of course nobody doesn’t like papaya salad.
She must be called a genius homemade cook and foodie as well.
Your HOM Family