Fantastic Thai Cuisine

A taste of Thailand


From article in New York Times - Fantastic Thai Cooking Class3/9/2008

Sometimes the lesson is in the chef’s home, like that of Phensri Francis,... who holds basic Thai classes in Old Bridge.

Whatever the setting, once the introductions are made and the prep work is done, a certain levity can take over.

“It becomes a social affair — people are excited about the food, the idea that they can create these flavors at home,” Ms. Francis said. “They stand side by side and get to know each other. And they take away a great sense of accomplishment.”

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Fantastic Thai Cuisine, a New York-based cooking service, has used the social-media platform Skype created in March called "Skype in the Classroom" to find students interested in Thai herbs and spices. The company also has 10 students, in the U.S., Thailand, the U.K. and Jamaica, taking Thai cooking lessons at about $30 an hour. "[We're] inside of their kitchen and they're inside of our kitchen," says Darien Francis, business manager. The company sends "starter packets" of fish sauce, oyster sauce, lemongrass and basil before the first class and emails instructions so everything is ready to go before the first call. The only barrier, Mr. Francis says, is the teacher can't taste the students' work.

New Hope Community School Program Director - Nancy Lawson

Praise - Phensri's teaching - Pennsylvania Community School 4 yrs.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Nancy Lawson: 215-497-8735


For the past four years, Phensri Francis has received rave reviews on her Thai Cooking courses with the Community School of New Hope-Solebury. Each Spring and Fall, people have flocked to her class for a unique hands-on cooking experience in adult continuing education. The three-hour classes include appetizer, main course, and dessert- all with a sit-down meal at the end of class, plus students take home their creations and the recipes to share with their families.
Phensri is a native of Thailand and her restaurant work has been featured in The New York Times. In addition to Thai Cooking, Phensri offered a popular Jamaican Cooking class at the Community School, a nod to her husband’s heritage. Adults attending the classes came from the New Hope-Solebury PA and Lambertville, NJ area, and from a 20-mile radius including Quakertown and Hatboro, PA.
“Phensri travels from Central New Jersey to share her time and expertise with our community, and she’s developed a loyal following of students who attend each semester,” noted Community School Director Nancy Lawson. “Phensri features new dishes and techniques in each class- her talents help make the Community School of New Hope-Solebury successful.”
The Community School of New Hope-Solebury offers continuing education through creative, physical, and intellectual opportunities. For information, call 215-497-8735 or visit our website at

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