Due to the changing way in which all of us have to function as a result of the current global health crisis, online classes offer a way to momentarily escape from isolation and boredom while learning to cook a cuisine you may not have already been familiar with.
Our online cooking classes are are great way to socialize with other cooking enthusiasts, families looking for a new activity in their daily routines, and a nice introduction to Thai cooking with the added bonus of learning a Thai song and the beginning steps of Thai dancing at the end of the class for those who wish to participate.Taught online using ZOOM
Classes are led by at least two of our long time instructors from Bangkok and Chiang Mai Thailand.
Students begin the class by preparing their ingredients. This will include cutting vegetables and measuring sauces. Instructors will provide safety and efficiency tips for vegetable cutting techniques as well as general preparation advice. Note that there are many ingredient substitutes that can be used in Thai cooking, so if you don't have access to all ingredients locally, you can still participate in our classes using substitute ingredients.
After feeling comfortable with the basics, students move on to more complex designs. It should be noted that even beginning students with patience are able to successfully finish complicated designs in a single class. Patience is the key.
Students move into a more complex floral design using raw carrot, a round flower design composed of numerous florets.
Once students have an understanding of how to carve a carrot flower design, they move on to one of the most complex floral designs using raw pumpkin.
After completing smaller sized designs, students are introduced to their first large sized carving challenge: a giant watermelon flower. In fact this design is perhaps the largest and most intricate of all the possible floral designs. Also, the translucent nature of watermelon pulp adds to the beauty of the carving with colors ranging from deep red to pink, as well as white and light green.
Completing the watermelon flower design requires several distinct stages. The first requires carefully shaping the general object, followed by beginning to render each petal individually starting at the center. After repetitive cycles to bring the petals to life, later stages consist of fine adjustments to create a fluidity throughout the carving and cohesion to the hundreds of cut marks that complete the design.
After a short break students once again focus on smaller floral designs which complement the already finished watermelon design. This second set of small flowers are more complicated than the first set. Using uncooked pumpkin as the base material, students learn to create cascading miniature petals in circular patterns.
More patience is required for these smaller designs as cuts are as small as five millimeters.
If time allows, students are instructed on how to create sculptures of animals such as an "apple swan". Animal carvings offer an interesting theme and add personality to collections of fruit and vegetable carvings.
Students have time to revisit and practice any of the designs learned during the class, offering an opportunity to ask instructors for answers to questions that may arise when going back again and trying to put into practice everything learned during the class.
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