Thai Food Festival Emperor’s Palace
After visiting Thailand earlier this year, I became quite obsessed with Thai food and Asian-style cooking in general. So I was incredibly excited when Dale of My Jozi invited me to join him for the Thai Food Festival. Thank you Dale!
This festival is currently running at Emperor’s Palace, in association with Jet Airways and Bangkok’s Dusit Thani hotel.
On arrival, we were treated to welcome drinks served in coconuts, and Thai cocktail snacks. Montira Thai Wellness Centre offered massages to guests – a Thai head, neck and shoulders massage is highly recommended!
After introductions and information about Thai tourism, the chefs and the hotel, as well as a Thai blessing dance, we reached the moment we had all been drooling for, the food! Exquisite tastes and smells attracted us straight to the buffet tables to sample the various foods. From soups to curries to Thai style desserts, this festival offers it all.
For a starter, I sampled quite a number of the available salads and soups. Who could resist a taste of the meal recommended by the head chef; Ming Kham is a single tablespoon-sized serving of coconut, lime, peanuts, ginger, red onions, and thai chilli, plus other bits and spices, all covered in a sweet sauce. The distinct flavours of sweet, sour, bitter and savoury that the Thai aim to combine in their meals came through quite notably in this one bite. The soups I tried were Chicken Coconut Soup with a delicious lemongrass flavour, and Tom Yum Goong – my favourite! This one was quite remarkable.
Quick tip: If you see a chilli in your soup, enjoy the flavours given off by it, but DON’T eat the chilli! At least, not the whole chilli. Well do try a bite at least, even a tiny one. Go on, be brave!
The salad selection included noodle dishes with beef, chicken and seafood, as well as spicy strawberries – another must-try.
Main meals included Chicken Green Curry, Stir Fried Noodles, a Seafood Curry with lobster (amazing!), spicy rice and Vegetable Curry.
The dessert table had quite a large assortment of jelly-style desserts and fruit, enough to bring us back to the table for seconds. (It’s always important to leave a gap for dessert!) My favourites were the Pumpkin Custard and Coffee- and Creme Soda-flavoured jellies. Odd but interesting was a dessert with Coconut Milk, Sago and Corn.
I also picked up a Thai recipe booklet, which means that our tastebuds can travel back to Thailand at any time! You can definitely look forward to some recipes featuring on nomnomnom.co.za once we’ve tried them out.
If you’re a fan of Thai food, don’t miss the Thai Food Festival at Emperor’s Palace. But hurry! The festival only runs until the 7th November 2010, at Aurelias Restaurant situated in the D’oreale Grande Hotel, with additional buffets at the Queen of the Nile Restaurant.
For bookings and further details, please check the Emperor’s Palace website on the following links:
Also be sure to check out Dale’s take on this festival on MyJozi here.