Thai Cooking

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2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand
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A new executive sous chef at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach
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Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch
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Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24
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Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s Culinary Academy
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SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River
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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner
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Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December

2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1

MASTER CHEF, 2-MICHELIN STAR THIERRY DRAPEAU from Nantes, France will be featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel for three days Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019.

He expresses his talent in a style called “cuisine of the soil” for its authentic jus-based dishes with a highly concentrated taste, using local produce from the soil and the sea nearby.

In Chef Thierry’s cooking, only the highest quality produce is used and his dishes maintain a lightness, low in butter but high in flavour. He also prefers using flowers and herbs as opposed to spices for his cuisine.

He began his own ambitious culinary career as Chef de Partie at the age of 21. Working alongside a number of renowned chefs and set the highest standards possible for his cooking, eventually opening his own restaurant, the Thierry Drapeau Logis de la Chabotterie in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France. Chef Thierry has garnered universal recognition of excellence, holding a coveted two Michelin stars for the past eight years.

According to Chef Thierry, a dish must be worked on like a wine, taking time to look for “a balance combining herbaceous and floral notes; to work on the acidity, the bitterness and the sweetness”.

His 7–Course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, costs 6,750 THB per person for food only, and 8,750 THB per person for food and wine pairing

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand

 CHRISTMAS EVEN DINNER at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai starts with an extravagant open-air buffet, while live jazz and traditional carols by a live choir fill the air. Dinner features a journey around the world that includes selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and desserts also awaits. We’ll keep the kids entertained, so you can take a breather.

Dinner will be served from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Cost: 3,200 THB for adults and 1.600 THB for each child. Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Four Seasons’ Christmas Day feast includes classic holiday dishes, along with a spread of international specialties at its Rim Tai Kitchen and feature Christmas carols by a live choir and a visit from Santa and Santarina for the little ones.

Christmas Lunch will be served form noon to 3.30 pm. Cost: 2,800 THB for adults and 1,400 for each child,

On New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2018 with an evening of festivities in Four Seasons style that begins with intimate cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner amid terraced rice fields.

The revelry continues at the poolside as the DJ from the renowned Ministry of Sound spins foot-tapping tunes, and free-flow drinks and dancing

It ends with fireworks at midnight, and the release of Thai lanterns into the sky for good luck in the New Year. The celebration starts at 7 pm and ends at 1 am. Price is 14,000 THB for adults and T7,000 THB per child,

 At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the celebrations start with an afternoon tea.

Executive Pastry Chef Dustin Baxter has put together a menu of petit fours, including gourmet sandwiches with Duck Egg, Winter Truffle and Watercress in Brioche Bun;  Goat Cheese, Spiced Pumpkin Chutney and Foie Gras in Pumpernickel Bread and more.

Guests can get into a the spirit of the season with sweets like Classic Stollen or Raspberry Pistachio ‘Bouche de Noel’, while soaking in the island life. It stats at 1 pm and ends at 5 p.m. Price is 1,250 THB a person.

The tea runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Price: THB 1,250 person

Four Seasons Samui’s Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches combine a lavish buffet of Thai and International cuisine, with nostalgic seasonal dishes from around the globe, including traditional roasts with rich, savoury sides, decedent dessert and more festive favourites and a glass of sparkling wine. Both brunches run from noon to 4 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, there is a masquerade countdown party around the infinity-edge pool, as its band lays down great rhythms. Then the promise of new beginnings with dancing and a fireworks display while enjoying perfectly chilled Champagne that flows freely all the way to the 2019 countdown.

It gets under way at 10:30pm and ends with the count down for the New Year. Price is 9.500 THB per person and includes fre-flowing Champagne.

For late risers, there’s a New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at the Beach House – a beachside barbecue serving up some classic comfort dishes while enjoying beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. There’s also a late breakfast with some brunch dishes and a selection of pastries next to a smoking grill, cooking up favourite barbecue classics while you sip on coconuts.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price per person is 2,500 THB.

FROM THE FLAME

An evening of char-grilled succulence awaits. Enjoy a selection of fire-cooked delights in our lush tropical gardens, including whole roasted, grills, and marshmallows roasted in the bonfire at the Cocktail Lawn. Not to mention the fire dancers, who take the experience to a whole new level.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Dec. 18, 22, 29 and Jan.3, 2019. Cost: 3,000 THB per adult and 1,500 THB per child

 

A new executive sous chef at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach

 THERE’S A NEW EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach on Phuket, Thailand.

Worakant Singha, or Chef Bon, as he is better known, is a culinary leader with more than 12 years of experience in the food & beverage industry in Thailand.

He is also familiar with high standards of Marriott International, having most recently served as head chef at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, where he assisted with the management of 11 food and beverage outlets.

“It is an honour to become a part of the highly regarded food and beverage family at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach,” said Chef Bon. “I look forward to bringing my passion and ideas to the team here, and to creating great gastronomic experiences for our guests, in line with the Thai and family traditions for which our resort is known.”

A Thai national originally from Ubon ratchathani province, Chef Bon is an innovative and creative chef who likes to push culinary boundaries.

In the role of executive sous chef, he will work closely with the resort’s Executive Chef Bastian Ballweg to oversee the four food and beverage outlets at Phuket Marriott: The Andaman Kitchen, Big Fish Restaurant, Big Fish Bar and The Lounge.

He will also have the significant task of overseeing the catering for all meeting and banqueting functions, including weddings, plus kitchen staff recruitment and training.

 

Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

SONEVA KIRI’S MUSHROOM five-course meal is made with mushrooms grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut – all within a natural cave tucked away in the jungle. This private dining experience is limited to a maximum of four.

It starts with a short trek to a natural cave surrounded by jungle and the sounds of nature. The five-course vegetarian Thai meal or Western non-vegetarian meal is made with more than six different varieties of mushrooms, all grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut.

The main dish will be prepared live for you by one of our chefs, who will tell you about the health and wellness benefits of mushrooms.

Other Soneva Kiri experiences include:

Koh Hood’s Butterfly Quest — An three-hour explorative trail through the rainforest, guided by Soneva Kiri’s expert Tropical Ecologist. Along the way you’ll discover a secret waterfall before you get acquainted with the 100 species of exquisite butterflies on the island.

Or dive in the Gulf of Thailand’s tropical waters under the highest international standards with our scuba or open water diving courses and experience the highest international standards from expert instructors, and impeccable attention to detail. Choose from either scuba or open water diving courses.

Head out to the House Reef, which has an incredibly diverse array of coral species, with the healthiest parts having a 58% live coral cover. Our House Reef has also not suffered from any coral bleaching.

For more details: lifes-kiri@soneva.com

There’s also the mesmerizing corals in the seas around Koh Kood. Dive around Solar Reef, a very successful artificial reef that uses the power of the sun to help generate coral. The main species of coral found here is staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) – which is on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. While down there keep on the look out for the family of batfish that call this reef home.

 

 

 

 

Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24

YTSB – YELLOW TAIL SUSHI BAR AT VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGallery by Sofitel welcomes an extraordinary visitor for the restaurant’s first time to host a Michelin-starred chef, Beijing native and transplanted San Franciscan 1-Michelin star Jackson Yu, for five evenings of Michelin Star Omakase course dinners.

In Japanese, “Omakase” means “trust the chef”. An Omakase feast is created completely up to the chef’s artistic inspiration and sense of balance, and its menu is usually composed on a daily basis.

In his own restaurant, Chef Jackson is often seen chatting with guests and determining their tastes with his fine sense of flavours. He is lauded for his craftsmanship and his personal customization of every dish to perfectly suit his guests’ individual tastes.

A Michelin Star Omakase Course (Dinner) with be served twice per day, with the first round served during 6 – 8: pm and the second during 8:30 – 10:30 pm, with each round limited to only ten seats.

Each Michelin Star Omakase Course by Chef Jackson Yu is 8,000 THB per person, or 10,000 THB per person with sake pairing.

Chef Jackson Yu long ago fell in love with the art of fine Japanese cuisine and early on set about his goal of becoming a master of the highly disciplined techniques that produce the world’s most elegant food.

Chef Jackson Yu has been preparing traditional sushi for almost 20 years. While honing his technical skills, his passion and talent have allowed him to work at some of San Francisco’s most renowned Japanese restaurants during this time, while eventually opening several of his own around the city.

For more details and reservations, contact Sawarot Srikokgruad, at 098 856 9783 or by email: ytsbm@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s Culinary Academy

LOVE THE TASTE of Thai food?  Want to learn some of the secrets behind preparing what is one of the world’s most loved cuisines?

If so, you’ll be interested in Dhara Dhevi’s Culinary Academy, which offers Thai cooking classes. The Acamdeny’s kitchen is located in a wooden pavilion behind Le Grand Lanna restaurant, featuring a classroom-style layout, is fitted with individual cooking stations, extractor hoods, sinks and preparation areas for up to 20 ‘culinary students’.

More than just a cooking class, it’s a journey of culinary exploration and discovery, in which the chef explains the subtle balance of flavours in Thai cuisine — including the secrets of Lanna herbs and spices – and the difference between northeastern, central and southern Thai styles.

At the end of a class, guests are presented with an apron, Culinary Academy certificate (perfect for hanging on the kitchen wall back home) and easy-to-follow menu print-outs of the dishes cooked… great mementos from a great experience.

The Cooking Class is held daily: Morning class starts with market tour, followed by cooking lessons, including Thai recipes and fruit carving. The afternoon includes more cooking and recipes.

For more information on the festivities, call 053 888 888 or email enquiry@dharadhevi.com

 

 

SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River

 SALA LANNA CHIANG MAI recently launched River Bar overlooking the Ping River and offering a chilled-out vibe with an extended local craft beer selection including Chiang Mai Beer, Red Truck, Chalawan, Chatri, Bussaba, and Phuket Beer as well as a wide selection of imported craft beers and fine wines.

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at River Bar, live music fills the night air at River Bar from 7 to 10 p.m.

Four bands take to the stage on these three evenings playing everything from acoustic numbers and bossa to pop jazz and country rock. A DJ spins chilled tunes from 9 -10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Guests at River Bar can perch on stools at the counter, or keep things casual while reclining on beanbags in front of the live band, whose performances can also be enjoyed from the adjacent restaurant and rooftop.

The bar’s varied beverages are paired with a new menu, including a selection of tapas created by Chef Aswin (Jack) Intraphanich and traditional Italian homemade pizzas.

Chef Jack recently joined the sala lanna culinary team, bringing with him extensive experience from previous stints in successful restaurants in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai as well as Muscat, Oman, with major hotel brands such as The Chedi, The Peninsula, and The Sukhothai.

On the Ping is the all-day dining restaurant at sala lanna Chiang Mai, also located along the river and serving Thai, Western, and Italian dishes. Located right next to the restaurant, River Bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, email info@salahospitality.com or visit www.salahospitality.com.

 

 

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai

Ratilanna’s Havana Night Party New Year’s Eve count down starts off with a feast of food, drinks, ambience, live music and merry making at Mira Terrace and River Lawn.

It features an international barbecued buffet spread, free flow wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices, party packs ans gifts to set the mood, and free entry to the Countdown Party.

RatiLanna is inviting everyone to come dressed Havana style in the party and the let’s go to the party for an evening of fun and entertainments.

The Countdown Party with fireworks as we reflect and wish for the year ahead.

The party starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m., 2018.

For table reservations or enquiries, email to info@ratilannachiangmai.com

Christmas was also big at Ratilanna, where its  Mira Terrace featured the resort’s favourite international buffet and relax into the magical setting over drinks, complete with candle lights and a view of the Ping River.

Carol singers  performed favourite Christmas carols and songs to celebrate the evening that included a visit from Santa Claus with presents.

 

 

 

Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner

LOOK FOR PIRATES on the shores of Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach this Christmas Eve to join Phuket Marriott Resort And Spa Nai Yang’s Christmas Eve Eve Pirates of the Andaman-themed barbecue dinner.

The dinner will feature the freshest local seafood, grilled meats and a selection of side dishes, all served under the stars and accompanied by live music, this is the perfect tropical twist on traditional Christmas festivities.

The “Pirates of the Andaman” Christmas Eve dinner will take place from 6 pm 10.30 pm on the soft sands of Nai Yang Beach. This event is priced at 2,500 THB per person.

On New Year’s Eve, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach will welcome 2018 with a “Jungle Night” beachfront dinner.

And on New Year’s Day, guests are invited to indulge in a buffet feast of international favorites, overlooking the moonlit Andaman Sea. Diners will be entertained by a live band, DJ set and “Thailand’s Got Talent” fire show, while a souvenir photo booth will ensure enduring memories of the evening.  And of course, guests will be able to enjoy a New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks at midnight.

The “Jungle Night” New Year’s Eve dinner and party will kick off on Nai Yang Beach at 10 pm on Jan. 31 and run until 1 am on New Year’s Day 2018. This event is priced at 6,500 THB per person, including free-flowing soft drinks and fruit juices. Children aged five to 12 will be able to enjoy the festivities for 1,800 THB.

For reservations and enquiries, contact 076 625 555 or email booknaiyangbeach@marriott.com.

 

 

 

Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December

 ZUMA, THE AWARD-WINNING contemporary Japanese restaurant from creator and co-founder Rainer Becker, will pop-up for its second season in Sala Layan, the beach-fronted restaurant at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort between  Dec. 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

Zuma’s cuisine is inspired by the informal izakaya dining style that makes it authentic but not traditional Japanese. The menu is designed to be shared and offers dishes from the sushi counter, the main kitchen and grill.

Since its opening in London in 2002, Zuma has achieved global success and expanded to eleven international locations. Highlights will include a selection of favourite signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, sliced yellowtail with green chilli and miso marinated black cod, as well as dishes from the robata grill alongside fresh sushi and sashimi.

Popping-up in Sala Layan, the pop up restaurant nuzzles Anantara Layan’s beach and pool areas creating a whole new vibe for the festive season right through to mid-March.

As the sun dips over the sea an entertainment program featuring various guest DJ’s from around the region.

Anantara Layan is set in a secluded bay on the Andaman coastline whilst nestling in the peaceful tropical rainforest of the Sirinath National Park.

The resort features a selection of other creative and intimate dining options including the hillside restaurant dee plee, which serves authentic Thai cuisine, and Anantara’s signature’ Dining by Design’, which offers individually tailored dining experiences in favourite locations throughout the resort.

For luxurious spa journeys, there’s the resort’s Anantara Spa, and for the more active, Muay Thai boxing lessons or kayaking and other non-motorized watersports from Layan Beach.

Guests can extend their Zuma experience into the luxury of Layan Residences by Anantara. With 15 Residences, atop the tropical hillside, they offer between two and seven bedrooms, views of the resort and the Andaman Sea, entertaining spaces and an infinity pool.

For Anantara Layan booking details, visit: www.phuket-layan.anantara.com

For further information on The Residences by Anantara, e-mail residences@minor.com or visit www.residences-anantara.com

 

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