Thai Cooking ( Our Most Popular )

Classes are taught daily 9am and 2pm in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and 1pm in NYC

Class program and schedule

Overview

Morning and afternoon Thai vegetarian and vegan cooking classes

Our cooking schools are known to vegetarians and vegans throughout the world, and we offer instruction for beginners and experienced chefs alike. Our Thai cooking class is offered as a half day program beginning at 9am in the morning and 2pm in the afternoon. Schedules for both the morning and afternoon classes are listed below.

May Kaidee's cooking school has been around since 1988 and we've proudly hosted thousands of vegetarian and non-vegetarian students since then from over 50 different countries. Even if you are not vegetarian, we encourage you to try our culinary experience and be pleasantly surprised at how fulfilling and informative our classes can be in learning how to make delicious Thai dishes.

Taught in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and NYC

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Founder May with two cooking class students wearing purple aprons, together holding a plate of Pad Thai noodles they had just cooked.

Morning Class Schedule

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Class Introduction

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

Course Material Overview

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

IMPORTANT: Note that class program schedules are different in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and NYC as indicated below.
May, the founder of May Kaidee, leading a cooking class with students seated around a table with vegetables and wooden cutting boards.
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
How to Make Chili Paste and Curry Paste

A lesson on making chili and/or curry paste is taught prior to the main lesson. Many students for the first time have the experience of using a mortar and pestle for food preparation, 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 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: Tom Yam chili paste only

Bangkok classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Tom Yam chili paste and green curry paste

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

Discussion of Thai Spices and Herbs

During the chili paste making demonstration, the instructor leads a discussion of Thai spices and herbs. Students are also introduced to a range of native vegetables and fruits, as well as oils and sauces important for Thai cooking. Lemongrass, Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaves are among the primary ingredients that will be new to students not previously familiar with Thai cooking, used in popular dishes such as Tom Yam soup and Tom Kha soup. Equally important ingredients discussed include Spicy Basil, Sweet Basil, Coriander and Chinese Ginger.

May, the founder of May Kaidee, holding galangal root, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves while explaining to students in an outdoor vegetable market.
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 recipes (Taught on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

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

  • Peanut Sauce
  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Stir Fried Vegetables and Cashew Nuts
  • Massaman Curry
  • Black Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert
  • Fresh Spring Rolls (Summer Rolls)
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 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 Paste
  • Green Curry
  • Papaya Salad
  • Black Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert
Chiang Mai: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 recipes (Monday - Saturday)

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

  • Peanut Sauce
  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry
  • Massaman Curry
  • Blue Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert (a special blue version of the classic Thai dessert)
Thai cooking class students in a row in front of gas wok ranges learning how to cook tom yam soup.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Short Break and Group Discussion

Students are allowed a short time to sit and rest, as well as discuss the techniques learned during the course.

Two students with May learning how to make papaya salad in a mortar and pestle.
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Traditional Thai Dancing

Students are treated to a demonstration of traditional Thai dancing. Students are encouraged to participate and learn beginning steps.

Closing Discussion

Concluding remarks are made by the instructor and students may take notes at this time.

* Note: Drinks ordered at this time cost extra and are not included with the class fee.

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A decorative ceramic plate with black sticky rice, mango and banana dessert.

Afternoon Class Schedule

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
Class Introduction

* Note: By default the afternoon class is the same as the morning, but the class tends to move faster since it is usually smaller. As in our morning class, students spend time becoming acquainted with the instructor and fellow students. Afternoon students also have the option to choose a custom recipe set if desired.

Course Material Overview

Each student receives our special course notes booklet to review, which is later read in more detail during the hands-on cooking phase. Students are offered a complementary bottle of spring water at this time.

IMPORTANT: Note that class program schedules are different in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and NYC as indicated below.
A student couple both wearing white shirts and purple cooking aprons with a printed recipe set in hand.
2:10pm - 2:30pm
How to Make Chili Paste and Curry Paste

A lesson on making chili and/or curry paste is taught prior to the main lesson. Many students for the first time have the experience of using a mortar and pestle for food preparation, 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 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: Tom Yam chili paste only

Bangkok classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Tom Yam chili paste and green curry paste

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

Discussion of Thai Spices and Herbs

During the chili paste making demonstration, the instructor leads a discussion of Thai spices and herbs. Students are also introduced to a range of native vegetables and fruits, as well as oils and sauces important for Thai cooking. Lemongrass, Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaves are among the primary ingredients that will be new to students not previously familiar with Thai cooking, used in popular dishes such as Tom Yam soup and Tom Kha soup. Equally important ingredients discussed include Spicy Basil, Sweet Basil, Coriander and Chinese Ginger.

Student using a mortar and wooden pestle to make papaya salad.
2:30pm - 5:00pm
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 recipes (Taught on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

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

  • Peanut Sauce
  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Stir Fried Vegetables and Cashew Nuts
  • Massaman Curry
  • Black Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert
  • Fresh Spring Rolls (Summer Rolls)
Bangkok: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 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 Paste
  • Green Curry
  • Papaya Salad
  • Black Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert
Chiang Mai: Main Lesson - Cooking 5 recipes (Monday - Saturday)

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

  • Peanut Sauce
  • Tom Yam Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Green Curry
  • Massaman Curry
  • Blue Sicky Rice with Mango Dessert (a special blue version of the classic Thai dessert)

Large group of student learning to cook on wok stations.
5:00pm - 5:15pm
Short Break and Group Discussion

Students are allowed a short time to sit and rest, as well as discuss the techniques learned during the course. Or students can practice the techniques they learned during the class independently during this time. Resting between the hot and cold recipes is important in allowing the body adequate digestion time.

Student in a red apron holding a steel wok and spatula.
5:15pm - 5:30pm
Traditional Thai Dancing

Students are introduced to traditional Thai dancing and are encouraged to participate.

Thai cooking class ingredients in white ceramic bowls on a table next to students cooking in woks.
5:30pm - 5:45pm
Closing Discussion

Concluding remarks are made by the instructor and students may take notes at this time.

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Students seated around a table enjoying dishes they just created in the cooking school.

Locations

Our classes are taught in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Our cooking schools are conveniently located in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Our Bangkok location is situated in the Old City area off of Tanao Rd. near the famous Giant Swing and Khao San Rd. Our Chiang Mai location sits across from Wat Ou Sai Kham just a two minute walk from the Tha Phae Gate.

We also now teach classes in NYC at our 215 East Broadway location in Manhattan.

Directions to our Bangkok Tanao Road Cooking School Location

Child student in a red shirt and red apron cooking with a wok and spatula.

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