Our Vegan Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok

It’s hard to visit Thailand without learning how the beautiful dishes are made. You’ll miss them too much when you return home! Thai food is our favorite, so we took a fully veganized Thai cooking class while in Bangkok this year at the Rest Inn Restaurant. Rest Inn is both a restaurant and a dormitory/ hostel. So you may only see the hostel online, but the restaurant is right below and serves the most beautiful Thai and Indian dishes. Below is a video overview of the class, and a review of the dishes and our experience!

Our Review of the Class

First of all, we made SIX recipes! For the cost of this class, we felt that was such a huge value. All of the recipes were guided by their Thai chef, who was delightful and so knowledgeable. Charlie the owner was there the entire time to translate for the chef, who only spoke in Thai. They were able to alter all recipes to be vegan for us. The recipes we made were:

  • Spring Rolls
  • Papaya Salad
  • Tom Yum
  • Tom Kha
  • Masaman Curry
  • Chili Paste
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Mango Sticky Rice

I was able to cook while Andrew attended as a guest (he was filming the class), but he was able to eat the food with me. This was a good thing because it was so much food we had to take some home at the end. Either way, we only had to pay for one person which was really nice of them to do.

I was able to be completely hands-on throughout the entire class. Most of the ingredients were pre-chopped so we could concentrate on the creation of the meals and technique, rather than chopping everything. Really appreciated the time-savings from this. Everything we made was absolutely incredible, and both Andrew and I learned a lot about Thai cooking. We would take this class again in a heart-beat!

Our only critique we had for the entire class was of the market tour. This kicked off the morning and it wasn’t as thorough as it could have been. We were told about many ingredients we already knew about, which we can find in the states. We wanted to understand Thai specific ingredients more in-depth, such as kaffir lime, lime leaves, tamarind, etc. The owner seemed like he wasn’t quite as knowledgeable on these items so it might be good for him to brush up or have someone else lead it. Be sure to ask about this before you take the class!

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