BESIDES being a popular travel destination, Thailand is well known for its delicious cuisine which has won fans all over the world.
But contrary to perception, Thai food is not difficult to make and it can be easily prepared at home.
To drive home this point, Royal Thai Embassy together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand organised a special cooking demonstration, “Spice It Right”, to promote Thai food in Malaysia and teach locals how to whip up their favourite dishes.
The fun-filled cooking demonstration conducted by Rebung Restaurant owner and celebrity chef Datuk Ismail Ahmad was an eye-opener for food lovers who crave Thai food and want to learn how to cook the dishes at home.
Thailand ambassador to Malaysia Narong Sasitorn said the event was meant to promote Thai cuisine to Malaysians, besides teaching them how to make it at home instead of going to a restaurant and paying exorbitant prices.
“Our purpose of doing this event is to show Malaysians that is is easy – not complicated – to cook Thai food. We also want to showcase the ingredients used in our cooking and the art of Thai food,” Narong said, adding that all the ingredients were available in Malaysian supermarkets.
Some 20 participants from Persatuan Wanita Kementerian Luar Negeri (Perwakilan) from Wisma Putra were invited to the cooking demonstration.
Three popular dishes from Thailand – laab gai (spicy minced chicken salad), choo chee gung (curry fried prawn) and icy dessert tub tim krob (red ruby in coconut milk) – were chosen for the cooking class.
Chef Ismail took the participants through all the ingredients before very quickly cooking up a storm.
Also present was Datin Dr Lindai Lee, wife of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, and the Thai ambassador’s wife, Chantana Sasitorn.
Chef Ismail said Thai food was very popular in Malaysia, especially among young adults who cannot get enough of the delicate balance of flavours.
He is also a firm believer that good food is a common bond helping to maintain good relations between Thailand and Malaysia.He said Malaysian favourites such as laksa, nasi lemak and rendang are now widely known to other countries. “By maintaining a good relationship with other countries, we can also promote our delicious food to the other side of the world,” he added.
Perwakilan representatives who enjoyed the cooking demonstration hoped for more events like this.