Open Daily 11:00 am-9:00 pm
(Closed July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Make Your Own Authentic Thai Dishes
Learn to prepare authentic Thai dishes and have fun at the same time. In each session of Nong's cooking classes you will learn to make three Thai dishes.
The classes normally take place at the restaurant, usually on weekends, between 2:30-5:00 pm. For further information and to receive notification of the Spring 2014 classes or about private classes, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Authentic Thai Cuisine Using the Freshest and Finest Ingredients
Nongkran Daks, Executive Chef. Member, Les Dames d'Escoffier
Thai Basil Restaurant uses the only freshest and finest ingredients, with no MSG. Nongkran Daks, Executive Chef and owner, was born to cook. Nongkran is a combination of fantastic cook and dedicated teacher, who can make her cuisine come alive in all its authentic, traditional glory. She has taught Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cooking in Bangkok, Beijing, Honolulu, Vientiane, Laos and Washington, DC. Nongkran is the author of several Asian cookbooks and if you are lucky enough to take one of her cooking classes, you will learn the secrets of the best, most authentic Pad Thai this side of Bangkok.
The décor in the restaurant is pretty and filled with native artifacts from Thailand. Nongkran serves a wide range of traditional Thai dishes, plus many dishes that do not often appear in local restaurants. Consider starting off with Kari Puf a Vegetarian Appetizer, a mouth watering puff pastry filled with potatoes, carrots and peas. Next, try one of her most popular curries. Gang Matsaman Nua is loaded with chunks of cooked beef in 17 herbs and spices, making this the most popular among westerns. Or try the Gang Dang with pork, beef or chicken in red curry with bamboo shoots, basil and string beans or Thai eggplant, or the Pineapple and Shrimp Curry with silvers of fresh pineapple.
Many of the dishes are “On The Light Side,” low in calories but rich in taste, such as Khanom Bueng Yuan, a rice flour crepe filled with pork, shrimp, mushroom, onion and bean sprouts, served with garlic-lime-chili sauce. A vegetarian menu is also available. To read a recent Washington Post Review, Click Here.
“I learned to appreciate good Thai food while visiting Bangkok. Sampling Mrs. Daks' cuisine was like reliving those wonderful memories all over again. Truly fantastic food at a very reasonable price. Ms. Daks also makes you feel like you are the only one she is cooking for in her restaurant. A wonderful experience.”
“No pseudo-Thai here” - you can rely on this Chantilly Asian south of Dulles Airport for “the real thing,” chef-owner Nongkran Daks, “a great cooking teacher, prepares “fantastic” signature noodles and other fare at wallet-friendly prices.“
A traditionalist, Daks plays it straight and never falls prey to the labor saving tricks that destroy good Thai flavors. If you are having a special event, Catering is available.
At the Thai Basil Restaurant, Chef-Owner Nongkran Daks offers classes for those who wish to make authentic Thai dishes right in their own home. Courses consist of three hands-on sessions with each class session concluding with a dinner consisting of the dishes learned. Class size is small.
In addition to food preparation, Nongkran also adds stories of her culinary adventures in Thailand and other Asian countries. She also offers tips on how to shop and where to get the best buys for ingredients.
Classes are generally held on weekend afternoons from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Tuition includes instruction, typed recipes, ingredients, a full dinner and every effort to make sure you have a great time.
Nongkran's cookbooks, "Thai Soups and Salads" and "Thai Noodles and Snacks" and "Homestyle Vietnamese Cooking" are available at the restaurant or by mail.
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