Express Thai Cooking

A two hour version of our popular Thai cooking class

Class program and schedule

Overview

Afternoon Thai vegetarian and vegan express cooking classes

Our express classes are designed for students who want an introduction to Thai cooking but have limited schedules. Typically the express class is the program of choice for students leaving on an evening flight, with just enough time to have one last great experience before traveling onward. Our cooking school is a favorite of vegetarian and vegan travelers from all over the world.

Express classes normally last two hours and are offered at 3pm and 5pm. Depending on the time of year, it's possible for the express class to be completed in 90 minutes in special cases. Please contact us if you are interested in an express class and need to complete it in less than two hours. Consider our express classes if you have a limited schedule but want to learn beginning popular Thai dishes.

Taught in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

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Students taking a break from the express Thai cooking class at the May Kaidee Oasis location, showing the Thai sign of respect know as the Wai. The sign is made by pressing the palms of the hands together held at the middle of the chest. The students are wearing our signature green aprons and headscarfs, joined by May the founder wearing traditional Thai dress with a gold crown.

3pm Class Schedule

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
IMPORTANT: Our express Thai cooking classes are temporarily starting 30 minutes after the hour. 3pm classes begin at 3:30pm and 5pm classes begin at 5:30pm.
Class Introduction

During this time students get acquainted with the instructor and fellow students.

Complimentary Water

Students are provided a bottle of water.

Course Material Overview

Each student receives our special course notes to review, which is later read in more detail during the hands-on cooking phase.

Students taking a break from the express Thai cooking class to dance to traditional Thai music led by the founder of May Kaidee.
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Cutting Vegetables and Ingredient Preparation

Students begin by preparing some of the ingredients that will be used in the dishes they will prepare. Students chop, dice and shred various produce including carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lemongrass, galangal and tofu.

Discussion of Thai Spices and Herbs

The class begins with an introductory discussion of Thai ingredients, some brought directly from our organic garden. Ingredients discussed include three of the most important in Thai cooking: lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and galangal.

Founder May Kaidee explaining Thai cooking ingredients to group of students in a Bangkok market. May is wearing traditional Thai dress with a gold crown, necklace and earrings, while holding a piece of galangal and bunches of kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
How to Make Chili Paste

A lesson on making chili paste is taught after a discussion on Thai ingredients. Many students experience using a mortar and pestle for the first time, which is a common tool in Thai cooking that liberates an array of scents and tastes from the fresh raw ingredients used in chili paste.

Working with Fresh Ingredients

The chili paste is made from scratch, using fresh ingredients picked up at a local market including dried chilis, carrots, onion, garlic, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.

Bangkok classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: Tom Yam chili paste only taught on these days

Bangkok classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Green curry paste only taught on these days

All Chiang Mai classes: Green curry paste made in a mortar and pestle

Students standing with the founder of May Kaidee holding produce next to a Bangkok vegetable vendor.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 3 recipes (Taught on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

During the main lesson time you will learn to cook the following recipes:

  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Stir Fried Vegetables and Cashew Nuts
  • Massaman Curry
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 3 recipes (Taught on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

During the main lesson time you will learn to cook the following recipes:

  • Tom Kha Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry
Chiang Mai: Main Lesson - Cooking 3 recipes (Taught Monday-Saturday)

During the main lesson time you will learn to cook the following recipes:

  • Tom Kha Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry

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Students wearing aprons standing in front of cooking stations holding recipe booklets, following instructions while cooking in woks. Fellow students assisting, standing in front of a table with an assortment of ingredients.

5pm Class Schedule

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM
IMPORTANT: Our 5pm express Thai cooking class is temporarily starting 30 minutes after the hour at 5:30pm, and is only taught in Bangkok on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. We do not teach the 5pm class in Chiang Mai.
Class Introduction

During this time students get acquainted with the instructor and fellow students.

Complimentary Water

Students are provided a bottle of water.

Student couple wearing aprons taking a break from cooking. Woman holding class notes and both are smiling.
5:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Cutting Vegetables and Ingredient Preparation

Students begin by preparing some of the ingredients that will be used in the dishes they will prepare.

Discussion of Thai Spices and Herbs

The class begins with an introductory discussion of Thai ingredients, some brought directly from our organic garden.

A woman student using a mortar and pestle to crush ingredients for the express Thai cooking class.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
How to Make Chili Paste

A lesson on making chili paste is taught after a discussion on Thai ingredients. Many students experience using a mortar and pestle for the first time, which is a common tool in Thai cooking that liberates an array of scents and tastes from the fresh raw ingredients used in chili paste.

Bangkok classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: Tom Yam chili paste only taught on these days

Bangkok classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Green curry paste only taught on these days

A large group class with students side by side starting the Pad Thai recipe as instructors and assitant instructors look on.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 3 recipes (Taught on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

During the main lesson time you will learn to cook the following recipes:

  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Stir Fried Vegetables and Cashew Nuts
  • Massaman Curry
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 3 recipes (Taught on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

During the main lesson time you will learn to cook the following recipes:

  • Tom Kha Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry

Register for class

Student wearing apron, holding a wok and spatula, stirring Pad Thai noodles after completing the recipe.

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