My Love Affair with Thai Cuisine. Learning Thai Cooking at Millenium Hotel Phuket
Learning the art of Thai cooking from Chef Pom.
Hubby and me tucking into the food that we prepared.
I’ve always had an affinity for Thai cuisine. Thai food is characterised by rich flavours, wonderful textures and exquisite presentation. Authentic Thai cuisine is the harmonious balance of salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter flavours. It is a cuisine that uses fresh ingredients and spices and seasoning such as basil, lemongrass, galangal root, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, chilli, coriander and garlic.
Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences creatively combined into something uniquely flavourful. With their Buddhist background, Thais avoided the use of large chunks of meat. Meat is shredded and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods include baking, grilling, stewing and baking.
To me, Thai food is mesmerising, sexy and exciting and its profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances makes it one of the most popular cuisines in the world. My passion for Thai food started during my first trip to Bangkok with my family when I was 15. I was smitten by the tasty tom yum soup, aromatic green curry and delightful Pad Thai. Over the years, Thai food has slowly traversed the distance from a love affair to having a permanent place in my heart. I experimented with many different recipes and became even more devoted to Thai cuisine.
During a recent trip to Phuket, I even signed up for a cooking workshop at the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket. I learned the art of preparing authentic Thai dishes such as Tom Yum Goong, Green Curry Chicken and Banana with Coconut Milk from Senior Sous Chef, Krisada Tahan Pom. When I returned to Singapore, I satiated my desire for Thai food by cooking traditional Thai favourites and indulging in the food I prepared.
Indulging in the Tom Yum Goong that I prepared
Thai food has the ability to seduce one and make one fall helplessly in love with it. A plate of refreshing and zesty mango salad will enliven your senses and perk you up on a hot summer day while a bowl of piping hot green curry or Tom Yum Goong will warm your stomach and keep you keep you company on a cool, rainy day.