Thai Cooking

Recipe of the Month: Tom Kha Gai at Dusit Thani Bangkok
Recipe of the Month: Northern Thai Abb Pla from Anantara Chiang Mai
1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26
Indigenous Cocktail Recipe from Naka Island Phuket
Recipe of the month: Hansar Samui’s Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee
Michelin Star Chef’s Valentine Day set dinner at VIE Bangkok
Recipe of the Month: Green Curry Quinoa Risotto
Holiday Feasts at VIE Bangkok
Recipe of the month: Yam Som-Ao pomelo salad from Dhara Dhevi
Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy

Recipe of the Month: Tom Kha Gai at Dusit Thani Bangkok

Benjarong - Tom Kha Gai

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from the chefs at Benjarong Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok, where spa treatments are based on an ancient Thai story.

The ingredients:

150 grams of chicken breast

500 cups of coconut milk

500 milliliters of chicken stock

100 grams of galangal, peeled and sliced

10 kaffir lime leaves

40 grams of coriander root

100 lemongrass

6 kaffir lime leaves, tear into small pieces

100 grams Shimeji mushrooms, cut in half

100 grams Thai shallot

10 grams Bird Eye chili

1 tablespoon of palm sugar

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon of fish sauce

5 grams butter

2 coriander leaves

Dusit Thani Bangkok Benjarong - Interior 1.jpgPreparing Chicken Breast

  • Clean the chicken breast and take out off the skin.
  • Put the chicken breast in vacuum bag add some butter and sous vide at 68 C for one a half hour, then slice.

Making the Tom Kha Soup

  • Add coconut milk and chicken stock into the pot. Using a medium heat until boiling.
  • Add galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves into the pot about five minutes until the herb aroma is released.Season with fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice and bird eye chili.
  • Place the cooked Shimeji mushrooms and Thai shallot into the bowl then the sliced sous vide chicken breast and coriander leaves.
  • Add Shimeji mushrooms and Thai shallot and keep boiling until cooked.
  • Pour the boiling soup into the chicken bowl and serve with steamed rice.


Recipe of the Month: Northern Thai Abb Pla from Anantara Chiang Mai

Northern Thai Abb Pla

ONE OF THE FAVOURITE dishes at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is Northern Thai Abb Pla or grilled herb and spice marinated fish in banana leaves.

Thai cuisine’s seafood specialties are most often associated with tropical islands and coastal regions – yet the country’s vast lush interior features fish abundant lakes, rivers and shallow water rice paddies.

Abb Pla is a northern Thai specialty fish dish and a culinary tradition of rice farmers. While cultivating the rice fields, farmers catch fish in the irrigated paddies.

Once cleaned, the fish is marinated in Thai herbs and spices, then wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on top of burning wood, making this recipe very convenient for rice farmers to source and prepare.

At Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, guests can savour this flavourful fish dish in a naturally serene waterfront setting, at a restaurant overlooking the Mae Ping River.

Ingredients for Curry Paste

5g   Dry chili, 10g Shallots, 10g Garlic, 5g  Turmeric, 10g Lemongrass, 10g Galangal, 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp Shrimp paste.

Mash all the marinated ingredients together (roughly)

Main Ingredients

200g   Red snapper fillets, 2tbs Soy sauce, 5g  Coriander, 5g  Spring onion, 2 Kaffir lime leaves and 1  Banana leaf (square piece)


Mix all of the curry paste ingredients and put in a blender to create a smooth paste; Marinate the fish in the curry paste and soy sauce, then keep in the fridge for about 20 minutes; Chop the coriander, kaffir lime leaves and spring onion and sprinkle over the marinated fish; Cut the banana leaf into a square, put the fish on top, fold into a parcel and secure the top together with a small bamboo stick; Grill the leaf wrapped fish on a low heat until the leaf turns yellow and a little burnt.

 Serve with sticky rice, fresh vegetables, cucumber and string beans.

Anantara Wine Guru’s recommended drinks: Chardonnay Sanderford Element, Western Australia and Sensi Pinot Grigio Collezione Veneto, Italy.





1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26

Chef Julien Montbabut

ONE-MICHELIN STAR Chef Julien Montbabut will be offering a special six-course dinner at La VIECreative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok from March 23-26.

Julien is the head chef of Le Restaurant, a popular dining spot for local and international celebrities at well known L’Hotel in Paris, where he has become a master at creating incomparable juices, sauces and seasonings.

Dinner starts at 7 p.m. each day. Cost of the six-course set dinner is priced at 5,000 THB per person. The six-course set dinner with wine pairing is priced at 7,000 THB per person.

The dinner starts with a variety of snacks –tile rice and mussels with curry, tube crispy dried porcini mushrooms and parsley, orange tart and campari; followed by cucumber – horseradish emulsified milk delicate jelly, smoked eel and Norway lobster – sour cream marinated à la minute, radish.

Main dishes feature a choice of sea bass – juice of fish bones cooked on the skin, sweet & bitter salad or morel – parisian mushroom bouillon stew, jura wine sabayon or farm pigeon – devil sauce roasted on the chest, varieties of cabbage desserts include Arlette – vanilla diplomat cream baked apple puffed raisins; lemon – Italian meringue on a biscuit, creamy and zesty petit fours – truffle chocolate and coffee; marshmallow poppy and poppy sandy diamond and caramel.









Indigenous Cocktail Recipe from Naka Island Phuket

NakaIsland_Cocktail Recipe

The Naka Coco Rum is Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa’s signature cocktail, served with a whole coconut fruit. It is a perfect mix of tropical flavors; banana and coconut juice with Chalong Bay Rum, an indigenous blend of Phuket.

One Serving


45ml               Chalong Bay Rum              1.5oz

15ml               Malibu                                  1/2oz

15ml               Triple sec                              1/2oz

150g.              Banana                                  1 piece

1                      Young Coconut Meat        1 unit


Blend all the ingredients. And arrange a coconut fruit and pour the drink into coconut. Serve chilled.


Recipe of the month: Hansar Samui’s Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee

 Hansar Recipe

This month’s recipe comes from Chef Stephen Dion at Hansar Resort on Koh Samui and serves one person. Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee translates in English to Crispy Soft Crab on a Yellow Curry Sauce.

Main ingredients:

1 large soft shell crab

One-half medium-sized onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 spring onions, cut in two-inch pieces

20g of Madras curry powder

25 ml of soya bean cooking oil

100 ml of coconut milk

25 ml of condensed milk

15 ml of fish sauce (to taste)

1 egg

Flour for dredging the soft shell

Ingredients for curry sauce: 

10g of Madras curry powder

3 g of red chilli powder (to taste)

10g of salt

100g of flour


Lay the soft shell crab on a tray. Dredge the the soft shell crab in the Flour mixture. Remove any excess flour .

Heat a large sauce pot enough to cover the softshell. Once the oil has 180 F, add the crab, occasionally turning it, so it cooks evenly. Then, deep fry until golden brown for three to five minutes.

Meanwhile, wok stir fry the sliced onions in the soya bean oil and add the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent. Add a little chicken stock to prevent the onions from burning.

When the onions are ready, add in the curry powder, the coconut milk, the green onion pieces, and let simmer until desired consistency, then add the condensed milk, fish sauce and stir in one egg, stir frequently until the egg begins to cook. Remove the curry from the heat.

Set the curry sauce on a glass plate. Add the soft shell crab. Serve immediately, with steamed jasmine rice, and a small bowl of fish sauce with and a chopped Thai red and green chillies on the side.



Michelin Star Chef’s Valentine Day set dinner at VIE Bangkok

La VIE Bangkok French Cuisine

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK is planning a five-course romantic set dinner served in La VIE – Creative French Cuisine this St. Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

Each specially created dish was designed by Michelin chefs, who have been featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine throughout the past.

Seating for this exclusive dinner is limited to a maximum of 20 couples, so advance reservations are essential. Each couple will receive a gift prepared by La VIE for the occasion.

The Romantic Set Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cost is 5,000 THB per couple. Wine pairing is an additional 1,500 THB per person.


Recipe of the Month: Green Curry Quinoa Risotto


THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from Absolute Sanctuary, which specializes in wellness and wellness treatments on Koh Samui. Every bite of this hot curry is packed with nutritional goodness sealing its status in a super food menu.

Quinoa Risotto Ingredients:

50g skinned salmon, cubed

½ teaspoon rice bran oil

1 heaped teaspoon green curry paste

1 heaped teaspoon chopped cayenne chili pepper

1 tablespoon coconut milk

1 tablespoon soy milk

½ teaspoon palm sugar

3-4 champignon mushrooms, quartered

¼ cup Thai cherry eggplant, quartered

¼ cup cooked quinoa

¼ cup cooked jasberry rice

¼ cup Thai sweet basil, loosely packed

Side Dish:

1 boiled egg, sliced and ¼ Japanese cucumber, sliced


1-2 Bird’s Eye chilies, deseeded and sliced

½ teaspoon tamari

1 teaspoon water

A drop of lime juice


Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Pan-fry the salmon cubes (without oil) for about 2 minutes on each side or until just cooked. Set aside.

In a large pan heat the rice bran oil and fry the curry paste in it for a minute or until fragrant.

Stir in the cayenne chili pepper, coconut milk, soy milk, and sugar, mixing well.

Add the eggplant, mushroom and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add the salmon, quinoa and jasberry rice, stirring well to evenly coat all the ingredients with the curry sauce.

Cook until the eggplant is soft.  Turn off the heat and stir in the Thai basil.


Whisk all the ingredients until thoroughly combined.



Firmly pack risotto in a bowl and unmold it on a dinner plate. Arrange the egg slices and Japanese cucumber in a ring around the risotto mound. Place the sauce in a small dipping bowl and serve it on one side of the plate.



Holiday Feasts at VIE Bangkok

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IT ALL STARTS with a grand buffet dinner on Christmas Eve that will feature its Christmas Carolers, followed by a Christmas set lunch on Christmas Day, and another grand dinner on New Year’s Eve and a pool party.

Christmas Eve set dinner at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine will feature appetizers, Jerusalem artichoke cream soup with black truffle, sous-vide turkey bread roll with confit potato, and more.

The evening will be accompanied by a live trio of our own VIE carolers singing the heartwarming songs of the season and plenty of Christmas spirit.

Cost – 2,700 THB per person. Selected wine pairing is an additional 1,500THB. Christmas Eve Dinner is served 7:00 – 10:30 pm

 Three-course Christmas set lunch, also served at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine, with feature holiday dishes and “everything just the way it is meant to be on Christmas”. Cost – 790 THB per person and served from noon to 3 pm.

Toast the old year out and welcome in the New Year at a grand buffet dinner. Cost – 3,500 THB per person and includes a welcome glass of sparkling bubbly. The dinner is served from 7 to 10.30 p.m.

Then, top off the evening at VIE’s New Year’s Eve party at the hotel’s rooftop pool with a fabulous view of the city coming alive at the rousing countdown with music by special guest DJs.

Entrance fee is 1000 THB and includes three drinks, during 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

For reservations and more information, call +66 (0) 2309 3939, email, or click on



Recipe of the month: Yam Som-Ao pomelo salad from Dhara Dhevi

Yum Som O

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai and features a favourite dish of its guests.

It’s also a favourite at the resort’s Culinary Academy, and does not require a lot of preparation.

To make one portion, you will need:

100 g pomelo, 2 tbsp peanuts (deep-fired), 2 tbsp roasted ground coconut, 3-5 pieces of bird’s eye chilli, 1 tbsp garlic (deep-fried), 1 tbsp shallot (deep-fried), ½ tbsp sugar , 1 pinch salt and 1 tbsp of dried shrimp (deep-fried).


Peel the pomelo and tear into small pieces, cut the bird’s eye chilli into thin slices, then add all the ingredients and seasoning sauce into a mixing bowl. Stir well and serve.








Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy

Culinary Academy

WANT TO LEARN some of the secrets behind preparing what is one of the world’s most loved cuisines?

Answer yes to any of the above and you’ll want to make a reservation at the resort’s Oriental Culinary Academy, which runs Thai cooking classes daily (except Sunday).

The Culinary Academy is located in a wooden pavilion behind Le Grand Lanna restaurant. Its classroom-style kitchen 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, Oriental 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 twice daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., at 2,800 THB per person. A Fruit and Vegetable Carving Class runs from 1.30 p.m. to-2.30 p.m., at 1,000 THB per person

There is an option to include in the Cooking Class a visit to the local wet market, where guests are guided through an intriguing maze of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, sweets and other exotic market produce. The Cooking Class with Market Tour is available once daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at 3,500 THB net per person.



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