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Class Formats & Descriptions – The Art of Thai Cooking

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After 32 years of teaching Thai Cooking, Kasma has made the decision to retire after the 2020 classes. For 2019 and 2020 she will only be offering Advanced Classes, which ore only available to her students who have completed the Intermediate Series.

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 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.

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

Class Schedules.


Photos: On Yelp

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 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. (may be later for some advanced classes) – see class details for specifics.

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.


  • 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.

Because all students start at the beginning, only students who have completed the Intermediate Series are eligible to take the 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

These Photos include Advanced classes: On Yelp | 

Historical record of Beginning & Intermediate Classes

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

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