With several countries in lockdown or social distancing, people are cooking to fight boredom and bring joy to their day.
Across the world, people quarantining and isolating to manage the COVID-19 pandemic are cooking up a storm.
“Because we’re stuck at home and bored, it’s something that kills the boredom.”
You might have noticed more people sharing photos and videos of their home cooking over the last few weeks. Cakes, bread, pasta and stews that are comforting and easily made with pantry staples seem especially popular.
REm have put together our pick of the best Thai cooking channels to watch on YouTube along with our ‘Best of the rest’ to help you come out of lockdown like a Master Chef.
Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the cookbook Hot Thai Kitchen, host of TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel PailinsKitchen.
Hot Thai Kitchen is a cooking show on YouTube with an educational approach to Thai cooking. Thai recipes are everywhere on the internet, but I want to share something more: a true understanding of the steps and the ingredients, and even the cultural background of the dish. This is what really excites me, and this is what Hot Thai Kitchen is all about. All my recipes have been tested multiple times so you never have to worry if it’ll work!
Pai’s Kitchen is the second show on my YouTube Channel where I share recipes and food-related videos that are outside the scope of Thai cuisine. Probably like you, I enjoy cooking all types of food and I want to share those delicious recipes with you as well! It’s still in its early stages, but stay tuned for more!
DUNCANS THAI KITCHEN
Duncan Robertson is a chef, restaurateur and culinary arts teacher and has worked with world-famous chefs – including the team from Master Chef. But it was not until he met his wife Julia from Thailand that he began to specialise in Thai cuisine.
Duncan’s Thai Kitchen is a labour of love. Love for Thailand, Thai culture, Thai people and Thai food.
Watch Thai cooking videos here to learn the fine art of Thai cooking.
JOY’S THAI FOOD
Joy Buasi grew up in Isan’s Sisaket and she developed an interest in cooking and food. Her YouTube channel is called Joy’s Thai Food, and she has a following of almost 14,000 other foodies.
She has tons of tutorials to help people make their own favourite Thai dishes at home, including chicken larb, stir-fried veggies, som tam, yam tam, and the perfect pad Thai. There’s a great selection of Thai desserts too, as well as things like how to wrap a banana leaf and how to grow sweet basil. Unlike many Thai YouTubers, she speaks in English in many of her videos.
BEST OF THE REST
Tasty is by far the most popular YouTube channel, Tasty’s videos tend to be a bit longer than the 60-second viral videos popular in Facebook feeds.
They include basic tutorials such as penne four ways and three-ingredient dinners, taste tests comparing store-bought and homemade foods, and more advanced techniques like making deep-fried ice cream.
Jamie’s YouTube channel is all about beautiful recipes, expert tutorials, fresh talent, wonderful food and funny videos every week plus loads of your other favourite YouTubers dropping by to say hello.
PLUS, this channel is about you too, you get to tell them what you want to see, what’s cool and how we to do it better.
Food Wishes presents videos containing simple classic recipes like broiled chicken and tomato mozzarella salad with easy-to-follow demonstrations. Cooking is presented in a straightforward, fun, and casual tone, making it accessible to novice cooks.