Bangkok Cooking Class and Street Food Tour FAQs

Due to the volume of inquires about our cooking classes, we’ve provided this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you understand the experiences we offer. For street food tour inquires, please scroll down. 

What Thai foods will we cook in your cooking class?

Unlike other cooking classes, we do like our morning market class guests help choose the menu or let us know their favorite Thai dishes. This makes the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. However, this can only be done if guests let us know in advance. Guests must also understand we try, but can’t always honor every request.

Don’t know what to request? Examine the menu guide below for ideas:

What time does class begin?

Typically our morning market class begins at 10am with pickup at the skytrain, or our local coffee shop.

What language is the class conducted in?

Our classes are held in English to make it easy for all of our customers. Our kitchen team speaks other languages such as Thai, Hmong, and Vietnamese, but please let us know in advance if you need instruction in another language and we’ll check if it’s possible.

这烹饪课程不是用中文授课但是如果您想要,我们能在菜谱书里提供给您中文版的菜谱

What skytrain station is your cooking class in Bangkok located near?

Our class is accessible by taking the BTS skytrain, Punnawithi. This is the E11 station and we will provide details on where to meet, to reduce the chance any of our guests will get lost. This station takes about 20 minutes from stations near Thonglor, and about half an hour from stations near Siam.

If you are late or traveling by taxi, please let us know in advance, and meet us in front of Tinpresso Coffee Shop.

如果您搭出租车或者优步,在应用程序里输入“Tinpresso”,我们将在这个地点等您。咖啡店就在附近,离我们住的地方只有一小段路程。如果早到了,先在咖啡店享受咖啡和无线网络。

如果您搭地铁,最靠近的停靠站是E11和E12(Punnawithi和Udomsuk).您可以从这两个其中一个点打车到Tinpresso(大约泰铢40-60).这应该是在曼谷最好的交通选择.

Is this a vegan or vegetarian cooking class? What if I am celiac, or have another allergy?

We are especially proud of our vegetarian and vegan recipes, and often host guests with special dietary needs. If you are gluten intolerant, or have another special request, we only ask that you notify us in advance.

Will you send me the recipes?

Yes, we do provide a small recipe book with our four most popular recipes. Since our guests often request custom dishes, the pdf may not include all of the dishes you made in your class. However, we are developing a larger recipe book that we hope to launch in 2019. This book is a big undertaking and we invite you to follow along on our social media channels for news of it’s launch.

Where can I find reviews of your Bangkok cooking class?

Our main cooking class experience has a few reviews on tripadvisor, but has earned 100+ reviews on Airbnb.

Who hosts your cooking class? Will I have a chance to meet Dwight there?

You will meet someone from the Courageous Kitchen team and one or more of our cooking instructors. The hosts may include Dwight or another volunteer, but it can vary. If you would like to meet Dwight or another team member, just make a note when you book. Our cooking instructors are well trained in a variety of Thai dishes, and our most popular teacher is Alina.

Why is your class more expensive than others in Bangkok?

By reinvesting proceeds from the class back into local communities through food and education, our cooking class is the first of its kind. The average cooking class takes place in large groups of 10 or more people. Since they have so many guests, cooking class companies can offer their classes cheaper. While we do occasionally offer large classes if people request, our main class is a private or semi-private experience with a limited number of participants. This helps us make sure you have an enjoyable time, and gives us a chance for us to get to know each other.

请注意:我们是个慈善,非营利机构,不是个烹饪学校。麻烦您尊敬我们的成员,否则您会被要求离开 

此活动可帮助在曼谷需要基金粮食援助和教育活动的难民。

参考 courageouskitchen.org 获取更多信息

What do you do with money earned from the cooking class?

Our cooking class operates as a social enterprise, and is the first in Bangkok. We use the funds we earn to help feed and educated marginalized youth in Bangkok. For more info on our mission, see our About page.

Kids and Families Cooking Class in Bangkok

After we launched our morning market class, many people asked about bringing their children. Soon we began to realize that Bangkok does not offer many interactive activities for families, and even fewer specifically for children. In early 2018, we set out to remedy this by offering a kids’ class, but gearing it towards families. In each class we do interactive recipes with the children, but it’s most fun when the whole family participates.

Is the food in the kids cooking class spicy?

In our experience, most children do not enjoy spicy food. This can make eating out with children in Bangkok problematic at best. However, our instructors are sensitive to this issue, and will chose menu items that are not spicy, unless you notify us otherwise. For chili loving families, don’t worry we always have chili flakes and fresh chili available (or in our garden) that can be added if you would like some heat.

For other allergies or preferences, please let us know in advance and we are happy to accommodate your needs.

How old do my children need to be to participate?

Children of all ages are welcome. Often parents want to do some cooking, but fear bringing their infant or toddler to a cooking class may disrupt things. This class is much more flexible, and children under 5 attend for free.

Can I attend this class if I have no children?

This class is for children at heart. You can attend without any children, just remember it’s an abbreviated version of our morning class. If you’re looking for the full cooking class experience, booking the morning class instead.

Can my children attend this class without me?

Parents should be attending the class with their children. If you cannot attend, but your children are young adult age, we can make special arrangements, but please contact us to discuss before booking.

For expat families whose children would like to have cooking lessons, or international school teachers planning activities for their classes, please contact us directly instead.

Street Food Tours in Bangkok

Hands down, one of our most popular experiences is taking people around for street food! If you have questions about this off the beaten path tour, please read below or contact us.

Do I need to pay for my food or is it included?

No, you don’t need to pay. Your booking includes the cost of all the scheduled food stops on the tour. If you would like to order extra, or eat things not included on the tour then you should pay for these items on your own. Most often our guests requests durian, alcoholic beverages, or other specialty items.

How many tastings are included in the tour?

The tour usually starts with a sit down street food stall, followed by an hour or so of grazing. The tour should include tasting at 10-15 stalls, depending how curious you are, and how quickly you get full!

I don’t speak Thai, how can I have the confidence to explore the street food scene on my own?

Think of our tour as a street food crash course. Choose another company for the remedial class, but if you want to taste a lot of things and get a good grasp of street offerings, join us. To help all of our guests remember what they learn in the class, and encourage them to explore on their own, we provide a mini street food guide to each guest in pdf form.

Will I have to eat crazy or weird street food? Insects?

What each of us thinks is weird varies widely, but yes, our tour is geared towards more adventurous eaters. If you’d like to try edible insects or something else off the beaten path, please let us know in advance. However, we don’t force any of our guests to try anything they don’t want to try.

Are there options for vegetarians and vegans?

Not really. Our tour includes lots of meat and isn’t appropriate for vegans or vegetarians. However, if you would like to do an abbreviated version of the tour, focusing on the meat free options please contact us to arrange a custom tour.