cooking has four regional variations plus the
highly refined “Royal” cuisine. Sometimes
translated into English as Palace Cuisine, this
is a heritage from the days of absolute monarchy,
when only the best was served at the Royal table.
Every dish must be pleasing to both the eye
and the palate. Not only must the ingredients
be carefully selected and the cooking techniques
perfected, the presentation must also be creative.
Today Royal Thai cuisine can be sampled
at some restaurants whose chefs are descended
from, or were trained by, former palace chefs.
Look for the key word “Royal” or “Palace” in
cooking schools offer classes on this refined
art, but if you don’t have the time or the
inclination, you can opt for just a vegetable
and fruit carving class. Most schools and restaurants
offering cooking classes can arrange such a
course, which can take anywhere from an afternoon
to a whole week. After a few basic sessions
and some practice at home, you should be able
to wow your dinner guests with your new skills.