I remember the time we bought this cookbook called May Kaidee’s Thai Vegetarian Recipes by Ma Bodhi Vistara from Vegan Society’s Cruelty Free Festival stall. It was about four years ago when the festival was held indoors. The book is a paperback one with black and white photos and my husband cooked Pad Thai from it. That particular page is well used as you can see food stains on it.
At the end of the book, other sources are advertised and one of them is May Kaidee’s cooking classes. Luckily, John remembered this precious information and quickly checked to see if she is still teaching. And she is! So, the decision was made.
We decided to take the morning class which is from 9am till 1pm. It is recommended that you eat so little for breakfast as you cook and eat during the class.
Meet May Kaidee, our instructor and the owner of three vegetarian restaurants in Bangkok. We also did this class with Claudia (Austria), Melissa and Jonathan (France), Hasan (Turkey) and Veronica (Poland).
And we hit the market. This is where you get to know your basic ingredients, not just fruit and vegetables but also basic sauces and oils used in Thai cooking. Here we learnt that for vegans and vegetarians, mushroom sauce is the perfect substitute for fish sauce which is commonly used in Thai dishes.
Here’s the list of dishes we cooked during the class:
Tom Yum Soup
Tom Kha Soup
Fried Vegetables with Ginger and Cashew Nuts
In the raw department:
Fresh Spring Rolls
Green Papaya Salad known in Thai as “Som Tom.”
There is five minute break to sit and reflect or use the restroom. After you come back May teaches Pumpkin Hummus and sing Sap Cooking Song with us. Tasting follows.
Then you are encouraged to participate in Traditional Thai dancing. We made a total fool of ourselves and probably laughed more than we danced. I believe, Me, John and Hasan were nearly on the floor from laughing hard at some stage. That part of the class was not taped.
May Kaidee’s Restaurant and Cooking Classes are at:
59 Tanao Road, Bang-lam-phu (at near Khao Sarn Rd, alley behind Burger King)
Phone: 662-2817699, 891373173