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Thai Cuisine Cooking Schools
P.O Box 21165
Oakland, California 94620
Phone/Fax: (510) 655-8900
Regular SF Bay Area Series taught by Kasma Loha-unchit, author of It Rains Fishes
Series: The Beginning and Intermediate series each contain 4 classes.
Cost: The cost of each four-week series is $125, which includes the food cost for four full meals. Each class is concluded with a four-course Thai feast!
Location and size: Classes are held in a private kitchen in Oakland, California and are kept small (limit of 12) to ensure maximum participation and personalized instruction.
Sign-up: Plan to register early as classes do fill up (only 12 students per class). Payment is requested in advance and fully refundable if you cancel with at least a week's notice.Do not mail this until you have confirmation that there is a place for you! Phone or email to make sure there is still space available. Phone number is 510-655-8900.
Week-long Intensive Class: The weeklong intensive is for people outside the Bay Area, as well as local residents who are not able to take evening classes. The course is designed to benefit both beginners, as well as people who have done some Thai cooking but wish to move beyond recipe dependence to creative Thai cookery.
The intensive will be limited to 12 participants. The classes will give hands-on experience and personalized instruction, with a focus on learning to taste, create exquisite flavor harmonies and develop a sense of working with exotic ingredients. A fieldtrip to local Asian markets is planned to provide shopping tips for Thai ingredients and Asian produce - both those used in class and many others which students may wish to explore on their own using principles covered in the classes. The cost of the 5-day intensive is $450 inclusive of all class materials, food and beverage fees, and a 7- to 9-course feast each day!
The Thai Cooking
School at the Oriental Hotel
48 Oriental Avenue
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
(662) 236-1937 fax
The school runs four classes every week. Price includes apron, spice pack and lunch.
PRICE: 3000 baht (U.S. $100)
The Boathouse, Phuket
2/2 Moo 2, Patak Road
Phuket 83100 Thailand
(66 76) 330015-17
FAX: (66 76) 330561
Weekend mornings Executive Chef Tummanoon Punchun teaches students to cook traditional Thai dishes. Price includes the cost of two classes including apron and lunch. There is also an early morning visit to the market (optional).
PRICE: 1,200 baht (U.S. $40)
Modern Women Institute
45/6-7 Setsiri Road
Bangkok 10400 Thailand
8-day courses covering the basics of Thai cuisine including use of curries, chilli pastes and yummy desserts.
PRICE: 4,000 baht (U.S. $133)
The Thai House
32/4 Moo 8 Tambol
Bangmaung, Ampur, Bangyai, Nontaburi
Learn the basics of Thai cooking -- from picking the herbs to preparing unique, creative Thai dishes -- in a traditional teak guesthouse located 22 km from Bangkok. Price includes transportation to Thai House, lesson and lunch.
PRICE: 2,150 baht (U.S. $72) per person, one day course; 14,450 baht (U.S. $483) per person, four day course.