Influenced by Chinese stir fries and Indian curries
Look out for small class sizes and look at the menu of what you're going to cover on the Thai cooking class. Many Thai cooking classes can be more demo based, which you really want to avoid. Instead search out Thai cookery classes that are fully hands on and gets you to do the cooking which is the fun bit but also where you'll learn the most.
A pestle & mortar is another thing used regularly in a Thai kitchen area. These are usually made from stone or pottery. Some folks make use of a food processor instead of the pestle & mortar. But the majority of 'old school' Thai cooks will confirm that using the old fashioned pestle & mortar gives a stronger flavor to the food you're cooking.
The items used in these meals are cut into bite-sized pieces prior to being cooked. Common ingredients include Galatians, curry paste, Thai sweet basil, coconut milk, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and mango. Staples such as Thai rice noodles and sweet rice are included in many dishes. In addition to the wok, utensils such as a strainer, rice basket, mortar and pestle, skewer, curry pot, and steamer are frequently used to cook the food.
Thai recipes also call for a lot of herbs such as lemon grass, many types of basil, cilantro and coriander and of course Chili. Thai people eat more chili per person than any place else in the world. If you like your food hot add a little more of the Thai chili peppers. With all of the herbs that are in Thai food you will get a lot of flavor and not need to add so much salt and sugar and other flavorings that are bad for your diet. I think that this may be part of the reason that there is so few cases of things like diabetes and other diet related diseases in Thailand.
Thai cooking has drawn significant influence from Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, and Malaysia. Some of the most fundamental essentials of authentic Thai cooking include both dried and fresh spices, lemon grass, coconut milk, chili, Kaffir lemon leaves, basil, garlic, and ginger.
The regular restaurant was filling up with the Bangkok Thai locals that eat here regularly, we were also given a doggie bag that I would dare the meanest dog to try to get away from me, and an equally treasured Thai cooking recipes book full of other delicious Thai dishes we are now trained to cook.