Why here: Srisamorn Kongpun, an assistant professor, Thai food master and renowned author of more than 60 best-selling cookbooks, including 80 Tum Rup Arharn Thai (80 Thai Recipes), is the mastermind behind this school. Course material is also available in English.
What’s on offer: This two-day course will teach your kids how to make desserts such as tua pap (mung bean rice crepe), leum kleun (mung bean flour and coconut dessert), yok manee (pandan tapioca pearls) and kanom fak thong (steamed pumpkin cake)
Price: B7,000/course, which includes 8 to 10 dessert recipes
Why here:A subsidiary of the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Oriental Thai Cooking School was established in 1986 and is led by the hotel’s Thai executive chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen.
What’s on offer: A set menu that includes Thai desserts such as sweet potato in coconut milk, black sticky rice pudding with taro, grilled bananas with coconut syrup, coconut jelly, sweet dumplings with coconut and sesame seeds, and steamed pumpkin pudding. Other desserts are also available upon request (reservation only).
Price: B5,864/person for a private class (minimum of 2 persons
Why here: Founded in 1986 by Ajarn Amintra Dinakara Na Ayutthaya, this school is named after Amintra’s grandmother M.L. Puang Dinakara, a member of the Thai royal family who inherited recipes from the royal court in the grand palace.
What’s on offer: Nine Thai desserts for beginners such as fak thong kaeng buet (pumpkin in sweet coconut milk), woon ka ti bai toey (coconut milk and pandan jelly), kluay khai chueam (baby bananas in thick syrup), sakoo piak khaopod (tapioca and corn pudding), and leum kleun (mung bean flour topped with coconut cream).
Price: B12,000/three-day course
Why here: The school is run by celebrity chef/emcee Yingsak Chonglertjetsadawong, who has been in the business for more than 30 years. It offers as many as 30 cooking courses ranging from Thai desserts and international cuisine to pastries and beverages. Government-certified vocational courses in food science and nutrition also available.
What’s on offer: Two Thai dessert courses are available. Acquaint yourself with the process behind making thong yip (pinched golden egg yolk), thong yod (golden egg yolk drops), foi thong (golden egg yolk threads), tako (Thai pudding with coconut toppings), and ba bin (Thai-style coconut pancakes).
Price: B7,000/two-day course (buy one, get one free courses in March); private classes are also available upon request
Why here: Wandee Culinary Thai Cooking School, founded by Professor Wandee Na-songkhla back in 1993, is the first Thai cooking school to have been certified by the Ministry of Education.
What’s on offer: From basic to ancient Thai desserts such as kanom maw kaeng (mung bean Thai custard dessert), khanom phing (Thai cookies made from tapioca flour, coconut milk, and egg yolk), ba bin (Thai-style coconut pancakes), leb meu nang (Thai rice flour with coconut cream) and pa grim kai tao (vermicelli in coconut milk).
Price: B2,500 to B3,000/menu
Why here: Bann Kanomthai Ruamchoke, which was founded by Nualchawee Sangkawef in 1992, offers courses on making all kinds of Thai dessert, from royal court treats to more contemporary Thai sweets, as well as desserts for auspicious ceremonies.
What’s on offer: Classes focus on glorified desserts such as kanom jamongkut, thong ek (wheat flour dumplings with egg yolks), thong yod (golden egg yolk drops), foi thong (golden egg yolk threads) and kanom chan (Thai steamed layered cake).
Price: Approximately B5,000 per dessert (private classes only)
Why here:Apart from Thai desserts, this cooking school also teaches you how to make pastries, Western food, and vegetable and fruit carvings
What’s on offer: Learn how to make kanom tuay fu (pandan steamed cupcake), saneh jaan, thong ek (wheat flour dumplings with egg yolks), ja mongkut (egg yolks dumpling in wheat flour crown) and several more
Price: B5,800/nine authentic Thai desserts