Had great fun here learning to cook Thai food, the traditional way, completely from scratch. The entire experience was great the whole way through – from visiting the markets, to learning and tasting the differences in shop bought components to the actual stuff, to the results what cooked!
Chef is extremely passionate about teaching you how to make tasty food and the ability get the recipes online with videos well as in paper form just makes more comfortable that I’ll able reproduce at home.
Spend my last day in Bangkok taking a cooking class here! It was a great experience! I learned a lot and the meals were so good! The teacher is very lovely and is endeavor that her students get a good insight in the thai cooking tradition. I would definetly recommend it!
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We had high expectations regarding all the great comments we saw on trip advisor. It turned out to be an even better experience than were expecting. Chef LeeZ is just adorable and knows her subject, we learned all about Thaï products, Thaï main recipes and Thaï cooking technics. We also ate everything and flew in mouth paradise.
This cooking class has everything ! Chef Leez is funny, charming and a very good teacher. She takes time to explain and if you have special requests…….she will put it in the programm. After some experience already in Thai cooking I really wanted to learn to cook my noodles better and learn how to make a very good sweet and sour sauce and the Kanom Thuey ( a dessert). I learned everything !!
Don’t eat much before the class………everything you cook ……..you eat it. I recommend Chef Leez for everybody who wants to learn Thai cooking.
The class was a much anticipated element of our Bangkok visit and my foodie husband enrolled well in advance. Since he does ALL the cooking I planned to go along to take pictures. We were told on arrival that only enrolled students could attend, so I was signed up, a little trepidatious about what would be required of me. In the end I had a fantastic time, as Chef Lee herself absorbed my part in a kindly subtle way. So if this sounds familiar to anyone reading this, fear not and do not miss the class. First of all, if for any reason this renown chef should choose to stop teaching her very delicious Thai cuisine, I am certain that she would have great success as a stand-up comedian. Laughter was certainly a spice of the day. We joined an international group of three other couples and set off on a field trip to the nearby market, making a brief stop to wonder at the monitor lizards sunning in the canal along the way. Without our guide we would never have guessed what emerged when we entered a narrow alley. A warren of stalls, each specializing in a product Chef Lee narrated (e.g., how the Taiwanese invented the coconut shredder for the essential Thai ingredient, what ingredient was a good or bad choice, how the cats came to enjoy preferential treatment after a flood that miraculously spared the market they frequented, and many instances of products that would never be sanctioned in a Western culture but are essential to the preparation of authentic Thai cuisine and more). The butcher’s stall was remarkable with production ongoing. Back to the school where an incredibly delicious meal was demonstrated, produced and enjoyed, in part due to the choreography of the staff who enhanced the convivial experience. Our menu of the day included the following: chili paste (hot) on toast, both clear an creamy chicken soup, pad Thai with shrimp, green and massaman curry (a name that evolved from the original Muslim adjective), papaya in a spicy vinegar preparation, polished off with mango and sticky rice. We had a phenomenal meal and a truly memorable day. For a final observation, I was curious about the roll of toilet paper at each station before we began to eat, but it was soon obvious it was there to capture the Thai food tears we all happily shed in the process.
I took a class with Chef Leez on Jan. 13th, during the protests in Bangkok. This resulted in me being the only one taking the course… I was a bit apprehensive because I wanted a social experience. But the lesson was even more useful because I was the only one she was teaching. She has very knowledgeable, always giving fun details and answering any questions I had (and I had a lot- about culture, food, etc). The market trip was really cool, you couldn’t have this experience on your own.
I think people are a bit wary of the quality because the location isn’t the nicest- but you pay a bit less for this reason, and the teaching and food quality is probably just as good as a fancy cooking school.
Would definitely take this course again- it emphasized good food and helped me to understand thai culture. Chef Leez was very professional. She even added my tip to her charity for street children.
Myself and my girlfriend visited Chef Leez towards the end of our South East Asian trip and absolutely loved it. The recipies, the ingredients, the atmosphere and the instruction – all quality. Highly recommended (and about 45 seconds from our hotel).
A couple of points that specifically made this course stand out for us were:
- The trip to the market. We had been on another cooking class in Vietnam and the trip to the market seemed a little pointless. We just walked around while the ‘guide’ picked out all the produce with little additional information. In the Thai course we were given loads of info on Thai eating habits, quality of the produce, what to look for and more. Very interesting.
- Very fresh. All produce was fresh and good quality with an emphasis on reducing reliance on packaged goods where possible.
All in all a great experience and of course, the recipes can now take their place in our kitchen.