Taste of Thailand

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A wonderful night celebrating the food and culture of Thailand was hosted by Vancouver Magazine and Sala Thai restaurant a couple of weeks ago. It was a delicious night featuring five local Thai restaurants in a culinary cook-off who each cooked a dish based on the ingredient they were given.

Parinya Lopston - Ban Chok Dee

Parinya Lopston – Ban Chok Dee

vegetarian trio of delight

vegetarian trio of delight

Chef Parinya Lopston of Ban Chok Dee made a vegetarian trio of delight, that was beautifully plated. Crunchy noodles topped with a banana blossom avocado mixture with caviar, khao soi curried rice balls with macadamia and taro chips.

Chef Ui Rajomit (left) of U & I Thai

Chef Ui Rajomit (left) of U & I Thai

Northern Thai style sausages

Northern Thai style sausages

Chef Ui Rajomit of U & I Thai made  Northern Thai style sausages

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I loved the delicious Thai Iced Coffee in a bottle made by Sala Thai which provided great non-alcoholic refreshment.

The Chefs team from Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

The Chefs team from Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

Larb Shrimp dish

Larb Shrimp dish

The Chefs team from Sawasdee Thai Restaurant such a flavourful dish Larb Shrimp dish.  Larb goong croquettes with minced prawns, mint, parsley, green onions and rice powder. Topped with Isan sauce.

Khao Yum Short Braised Ribs

Khao Yum Short Braised Ribs

The chefs team of Sala Thai presented a Pork Rib dish which won the people’s choice dish of the night. Khao Yum Short Braised Ribs with Southern Thai Rice Salad.

Bangkok Khao Market

Bangkok Khao Market

Bangkok Khao Market a Thai flavoured biryani served with baked chicken with mint + ginger dipping sauce from Chef Su at Soi Gaow Market.

Thai coconut cupcakes and Pandan ice cream

Thai coconut cupcakes and Pandan ice cream

Delicious Thai coconut cupcakes and Pandan ice cream by Sala Thai Restaurant

Throughout the event Thai dancers graced the stage performing their traditional dances, the event was emceed by Max Fawcett, the Editor in chief of Vancouver Magazine. This is an event not to miss if it takes place again.

By: Richard Wolak