Authentic Thai cooking classes in Bangkok, Thailand which you get to eat after. This perfect gastronomical, culinary event will provide teams with an opportunity to learn the arts of traditional cooking in a cultural Thai setting. This is a team building in Bangkok event with a difference!
Experience the sights, smells and tastes as experienced chefs guide you through this Thai cooking class, demonstrating how to cook and prepare mouth-watering dishes. Once your group has been divided into teams a professional chef will start with an introduction to the local cuisine. Depending on your choice this may include a fun visit to local markets before you get to prepare and cook this gastronomical delight.
Thai Cooking Classes – Shopping for Food
Starting with a trip to the local markets you will need to use your best bartering skills while purchasing fresh ingredients for your chosen dishes. This can be very educational as it gives you an insight into different cultures and most importantly, a great chance to mix with the locals!
Back at the Kitchen, your teams prepare your dishes which could be from a menu, chefs instructions or team research! At the end of the event, the tasting begins! Dressed tables will offer the whole group meals that each team has created and chefs will vote, on the best dish taking into account authentic tastes and presentation.
An Introduction to Thai Cuisine
Thai cuisine is regarded as some of the best in the world and most dishes are region-specific. Although unique, the Chinese had a major influence on Thai food dating back over 2000 years ago. Believe it or not soy sauce, and rice originated from China but there were other influences including Indian, Muslim and even European. Thais like to combine many flavours from sweet and sour to spicy, salty and bitter.
Thai Food and Nut Allergies
Many dishes do contain nuts and I would offer extreme caution if you happen to have any nut allergies! I eat Ketogenic foods and requested not to add any sugar a dish directly from the chef. As soon as I tasted it I knew it had been sweetened. I asked the chef if he had added sugar in which he replied ‘nid noi’ which means ‘a little’. This has happened a few times hence be very careful even if a chef tells you it doesn’t have nuts! At least with our cooking classes, you get to add your ingredients!
Thai Cooking Classes – Bangkok Street and Market Food
Bangkok is often mentioned as one of the best street food cities in the world, with an abundance of options. You can be sure that whatever Thai dish you’re looking for it can be found by a street vendor or at a market somewhere in Thailand. These tend to be dishes that can be made to order and quickly prepared. Sampling Thai street food is a popular activity for many tourists, as it offers a taste of Thai cooking traditions at extremely low costs compared to many 5 star Thai hotel restaurants.
Thai Food Regions: Thai cuisine can be broken down into four regions and they all have their ingredients, styles and tastes.
Northern Thailand Food
The food here is generally milder, and sticky rice is most popular. It is also known as “glutinous” or “sweet” rice which is steamed. This makes the rice a little chewy although still tender and many locals make them into small balls with their fingers to eat. Combine this with a delicious Gaang hang-lair which is a mild curry dish combined with pork belly fat with fresh ginger and garlic.
My Favourite Northern Dishes
- Sai Ua – a grilled sausage of ground pork mixed with spices and herbs
- Aep – Slow-grilled wrapped in banana leaves filled with chopped meat
- Kaeng Pa – also known as “jungle curry” made with pork or wild boar
North-Eastern Thai Food
The biggest influence to northeastern Thai food is from the neighbouring country Laos. This food is highly spiced, especially the delicious ‘Som Tam’ Papaya Salad, which packs a flavourful punch. Most foods are known as ‘Isaan’ which is a region in Thailand with 20 provinces. It is not uncommon to find the odd frog, snake or ants eggs on the menu!
Our Favourite North-Eastern Dishes
- Namphrik Pla or fish chilli sauce made a little thick
- Namphrik Nam Pu – crab and chilli sauce
- Kai Yang – marinated, grilled chicken
- Som Tam – grated green papaya salad
Central Thailand Food
Who in the world has not heard of Pad Thai (fried Noodle dish), Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad) and Tom Yum Soup (Thai-Style Hot and Sour Soup)? Coconut milk is one of the major ingredients used in Central Thai cuisine.
My Favourite Central Thailand Dishes
- Kaeng Phanaeng – mild creamy coconut curry with beef
- Pla Nueng Manao – steamed fish with a spicy lime juice dressing
- Thot Man – deep-fried fishcake made from shrimp
Southern Thailand Food
Southern Thailand has an abundance of spicy curries, and fresh, delicious seafood. Influenced by flavours and spices used in Malaysia and Indonesia it is known for its sharp and strong taste. Surrounded by warm seas there is an abundance of fish, crabs, lobsters, mussels, squid, prawns and more! Prepared by frying or steaming or Southerners like their food chilli-hot.
My Favourite Southern Thailand Dishes
- Kaeng Matsaman – Massaman curry of stewed beef with roasted dried spices
- Kaeng Tai Pla – a thick sour vegetable curry made with turmeric and shrimp paste
- Sate – grilled pork or chicken, served with cucumber salad and peanut sauce
Delicious Thai Desserts for your Sweet Tooth
Compared to our Western cakes, cookies etc. Thai desserts can be more filling and distinguished by tropical fruits, jellies, beans and sweet sticky rice smothered in coconut cream. Another popular dish amongst travellers is Mango sticky unarguably the most popular dessert in Thailand.
Thai Cooking Classes Bangkok – Group Sizes
If you are looking for a fun culinary event, why not contact us today for a quotation. We can deliver some team building events from as little as 10 pax (minimum price based on 15 pax) to large groups. Our cooking event is mostly for large group sizes.
A Few tempting mouth-watering dishes before you go!
Laab – Spicy Salad
Guay Teow – Noodle Soup
Tom Yum Goong – Spicy Shrimp Soup
Tom Kha Gai – Chicken in a Coconut Soup
Som Tam – Spicy Green Papaya Salad
Yam Talay – Spicy Seafood Salad
Yam Pla Dook Foo – Fried Catfish with Green Mango Salad
Thai Cooking Class Bangkok Quotations
Prices quoted are inclusive of:
Transportation (Bangkok) to and from the school, all cooking utensils, budget for any required challenge purchases e.g. food, prize for each winning team member, consultants, MC, water, professional photographer and all materials and design.
You also get to eat the food you prepare and we are able to add lunch or dinner!
Meeting rooms (may not be required), beverage and accommodation.
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