If you are vegetarian or vegan and coming to Thailand don’t be tricked by slick promotional advertising leaving you with the impression of any specific restaurant or Culinary Arts Cooking School in Thailand is owned and operated and staffed by vegetarians or vegans as that’s just plain near impossible to do as there are virtually no Thai nationals that are vegetarian or vegan. This means when restaurant staff eat their meals there will be meat in the kitchen and on cutting boards and touching all related equipment.
HappyCow.net has set rules for a listing with them that include a Thailand restaurant is supposed to maintain a meat free set of equipment and utensils that have never been touched meat (in a container for same and available to you upon your request) and a restaurant must offer vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu and the restaurant is then welcome to be listed on HappyCow for an annual fee. Yes Happy Cow is a pay for a listing website. Which means enforrcing rules equals revenue redcution!
Knowing this actually frees you up to select your meals from nearly any of Thailands restaurants as they all will have an assortment of vegetarian/vegan dishes and no Thai restaurant will have the meat free container of equipment as required by HappyCow and Happy Cow will never check this as it would result in the loss of the majority of their Thailand restaurant accounts.
You should also be aware of the fact that write ups in travel books are near two years old when published making the information ancient history (i.e. business can change ownership and management between publication and your visiting) compared to say a travel site with strict review guidelines like a reviewer must be a site member and must have visited the site and partaken in the related activity in order to leave a review. Trip Advisor (a free to list website) is one such site that exercises this principle and moderates all reviews verses a HappyCow (paid for listing). “Get The Truth, Then Go”.
If you check out these two sites you will understand exactly what is meant by the above:
Chef LeeZ ... Thai Cooking School BKK (smart phone optimised), see their review page, Trip Advisor #1 culinary arts cooking school since 2011 where the following reviewer says “Chef LeeZ was great” and the class with
May Kaydee’s was “Disappointing on so many levels”
Also you should be aware of the fact that “organic” in Thailand is not organic as in organics being grown chemical free. Here in Thailand it references hydroponics and hydroponics are chemical fed and therefore are not organic!
Vegetarians and vegans, don’t be sucked in by slick promotion and slick websites. Just do a little homework, know the vegetarian vegan culture where you are going, then look for current information by way of TA or other quality information (non paid travel listing sites) with website review that has good control on who can leave reviews and you won’t be disappointed.
Chef LeeZ culinary arts Thai cooking schoo lin Bangkok has been Trip Advisor Thailand #1 since 2011. Where vegetarians-vegans or omnivores (ages 4 and up) take in our "Hands -On" cooking class,...