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Class Formats & Descriptions – The Art of Thai Cooking

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All classes are taught in a private home kitchen in Oakland, California, across the bay from San Francisco.

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Class Format

Kasma talksAll classes are taught in an afternoon series of 4 classes. Classes are a combination of hands-on and demonstration. Kasma first reviews the recipes, introduces ingredients and techniques, and the class breaks into teams. Students do all the food prep.

  • In the Beginning Series Kasma begins by doing most of the cooking herself; students take over (supervised by Kasma) more each week.
  • In Intermediate Series, teams mostly prepare a dish from start to finish.
  • In Advanced classes, students do nearly everything. Kasma supervises and steps in to balance flavors and show correct techniques.

There are plenty of tasting exercises, s experimentally learning to balance flavors. so you can cook great-tasting food with or without a recipe.

Class Schedules.


Photos: On Yelp |  On Google+   |   Brochure in PDF format: Series

Series Class Descriptions

Thai IngredientsFour afternoon classes over a four-week period, such as four Saturday afternoons. All classes start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. (may be later for some advanced classes) – see class details for specifics.

Beginning Series

Thai cooking is simple, fun and creative. The Beginning Series introduces and demystifies Thai ingredients, such as fresh herbs, and teaches the basic cooking techniques, such as stir-fry and steaming. We'll make everything from scratch with the freshest possible ingredients.

Learn to blend and balance the varied flavors to create a stimulating array of unique tastes. Harmonizing flavors will improve all of your cooking. Classes are a combination of demonstration and hands-on. The Beginning Series menus includes exquisite dishes from Hot and Sour Soup and curries to coconut desserts. First you cook, then you enjoy a Thai feast.

Beginning Photos: Class 1 |  Class 2 |  Class 3 |  Class 4

Check out our blogs on the Beginning classes:

Check out a former student's blogs on the Beginning classes:
Beginning Series Class #1 & Class #2  |  Beginning Series Class #3  |  Beginning Series Class #4

Intermediate Series

MealtimeThe Intermediate Series continues on from the Beginning Series and is increasingly hands-on.

  • Introduces additional techniques and ingredients while offering another set of dishes.
  • Deepens understanding of creatively combining and blending flavors to achieve new balances.
  • Explores traditional methods of food preparation and their therapeutic value.
  • Introduces the mortar and pestle to pound and grind herbs and spices to enhance their flavors and nutrition.

Intermediate Series menus include Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad), Gkaeng Som (Vegetable and Seafood Chowder), Fried Fish with Chilli-Tamarind Sauce, Satay with Peanut Sauce, Fried Bananas and more.

Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Beginning Series.

Check out our blogs on the Intermediate classes:

Advanced Series

There's an immense variety of dishes Kasma's Thai cooking classes: the Beginning and Intermediate Series are just the start. Thai restaurants in the U.S. serve perhaps 5% of Thai dishes found in Thailand. These series explore more old favorites plus some of the other 95% of available dishes. You'll learn new flavors and intricacies of Thai cuisine. These series are popular with students who have been to Thailand and crave the dishes they ate there.

Advanced Series menus include Sweet and Savory Grilled Coconut-Rice Hotcakes (Kanom Krok), Spicy Northern Thai Pork Sausage (Sai Oa)), Stewed Beef Rice Noodles – "Boat Noodles" – (Gkuay Dtiow Reua), Lemon Grass Salad (Yam Dtakrai) and Southern-Style Hot Curry (Gkaeng Som). You will learn to prepare dishes seldom seen outside of Thailand. Classes are hands-on.

Currently there are nine menu Sets, from A to I.

See the many class photos on Google+.


  • Advanced Sets A, B & C: Beginning & Intermediate Series.
  • Advanced Sets D, E, F: Two out of Advanced Series A, B & C.
  • Advanced Set G, H, I: Invitation only.

Note – All students start at the beginning: All students taking a class from Kasma for the first time start with beginning. Kasma teaches in a certain way and she wants all students in the later classes to have the same base of information beginning with the Beginning Series. In those 4 classes she has tasting exercises on how to harmonize flavors to create Thai tastes that are the heart of the teaching. She’s unwilling to put students who have not had these exercises into Intermediate or Advanced classes. When we’ve made exceptions in the past, it has not worked out. Please do not ask us to make an exception.

Explore Classes Further

Beginning Photos: Class 1 |  Class 2 |  Class 3 |  Class 4
Beginning Blogs: Class 1 |  Class 2 |  Class 3 |  Class 4
Intermediate Blogs: Class 1 |  Class 2 |  Class 3  |  Class 4
Brochure in PDF format: Series
More Photos (includes Advanced classes): On Yelp |  On Google+

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