Kaidee name means “sells well” in Thai, and it’s an apt nickname for the owner of this small franchise of healthy Thai restaurants. She has become a culinary icon among foreigners for her vegetarian and vegan adaptations of classic Thai dishes like haw mokk and coconut curries.
The pumpkin hummus with sticky rice is a local variation using a vegetable common to Thailand. Yum Hou Plee, or banana flower salad, combines sour, spicy, and a hint of sweet flavors and is enough for three as an appetizer.
May Kaidee runs a cooking school, four restaurants, and a guesthouse. Students who take one of her workshops at the Samsen Road location will learn to make ten dishes in four hours.
She has also penned a popular cookbook. It’s available at her restaurants and in bookstores around town. May Kaidee has been known to spontaneously perform traditional Thai dances for her customers in the evening, too.
Addresses: 3 locations in Banglampoo: 33 Samsen Road at Soi 2, Wat Mahan, and 59 Tanao Road – check website for details