Tag: Thai

If you watched the same weather report as me you'll be feeling that this week is probably one catered more to staying than going out.  And although we live in an amazing city that's so full of wonderful things to do I still advocate staying in and cooking your own dinner here and there!

So here is a recipe to fit in with both the weather and Thai New Year for an authentic Massaman Thai Curry from Head Chef Sanguan Parr at Nipa Thai

Songkran is the annual festival which takes place over three days during the traditional Thai New Year, this year falling on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018.  Throughout Thailand there are celebrations, festivities and plenty of food; all culminating in a momentous country-wide water fight!

Massaman Gai is a popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, the curry it's simple to make but you always have the back up of the restaurant if it all goes wrong!

 

Ingredients (to serve four):

2 Chicken breasts

600ml Coconut Milk

2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts

5 Small Onions; sliced

4 Medium Potatoes; cubed

3 tbsp Massaman Curry Paste

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

3 tbsp Palm Sugar

3 tbsp Tamarind Juice

3 Bay Leaves

1 piece Roasted Cinnamon; 1cm long

5 Roasted Cardamom Pods

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

 

Method:

Step 1: Cut the chicken into chunks, around 2 inches in length.

Step 2: In a wok, heat the vegetable oil, curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk. Keep stirring over a low heat until fragrant.

Step 3: Add the chicken to the wok, turning frequently so all the meat is covered in sauce.

Step 4: Pour in the remaining 400ml of coconut milk and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Add the cubed potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Keep over a low heat to simmer until all the ingredients are tender.

Step 6: Remove from the heat and serve with steamed white rice.

Throughout Songkran 2018, Nipa Thai will be offering its traditional menu. Nipa Thai is open from 5pm-10.30pm, Monday-Sunday.

 

Nipa Thai, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Tel: 020 7551 6000 or www.niparestaurant.co.uk

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It's got one of the most confusing, hard to read signs of all of London's restaurants but that hasn't held Busaba Eathai back. It's now just opened a new flagship in Shoreditch.

This will be Busaba Eathai's most ambitious site in their 15-year history. Following on swiftly from the group’s successful launch at The O2, the highly anticipated Busaba Eathai Shoreditch will open its doors this February.

Opening just in time for the beloved brand’s 15th birthday, the new Busaba Eathai Shoreditch is spread across two floors accommodating 164 covers in the iconic dining room, new Kinnaree bar and two terraces; it is a testament to Busaba’s evocative and ambitious design ethos, and most importantly of all, its authentic and flavoursome Thai cuisine.

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The Shoreditch branch will introduce the modern Thai Kinnaree Bar (pron. Khin-NAH-rah) to the Busaba Eathai brand. The Kinnaree is an angelic half-woman, half-swan creature that adorns many temples and palaces in Thailand; she is a graceful, admired beauty that travels between the human and mystical worlds; Thailand’s celestial messenger.

The Kinnaree Bar in Shoreditch will be adorned with a hand-picked selection of Thai art, from khon dance masks and bronze temple bells to the centrepiece - a hand-carved kinnaree statue created by craftsman ‘Lert’ from the far north of Thailand.

The Kinnaree Cocktail list will include modern Thai twists and popular classics all influenced by the rich flavours and aromas of Thailand. The extended list includes; the Jasmine martini, a fragrant mix of gin, cloudy sake, jasmine and guava; the Mussaman Sour, a twist on the New York sour inspired by the earthy spices of Southern Thailand; and Busaba’s tribute to the best mango sticky rice street food stall in Bangkok, Ning’s Mango Colada.

Connecting the Kinnaree Bar and the classic Busaba dining room is a tropical courtyard with soaring living walls, a statuesque staircase, a serene reflection pool and the quintessential Busaba Buddha shrine.

A statement of Busaba’s commitment to creating the best Thai offering in the UK, the Shoreditch site will be home to the Busaba CookThai academy. A dedicated development and teaching kitchen, the CookThai Academy will be the educational hub for Busaba’s family of talented chefs during the week. At the weekend, Executive Chef Jude Sangsida and his wok-masters will share their finely honed skills with CookThai Academy classes: open to the public from April.

Lunch at the Kinnaree Bar will offer a sneak peek of Executive Chef Jude Sangsida’s creativity. Changing regularly, the Kinnaree Lunch Menu served only in the bar on weekdays will see Shoreditch locals enjoying the newest Busaba fare, straight from Innovation Sessions at the CookThai Academy. A few of the dishes that will be featured in the opening weeks include the traditional Thai railway fried rice, Thai roti wraps and Chilli beef rice set, all priced reasonably between £5 and £8.

Busaba fans seeking their favourites such as the Thai calamari, Sen chan pad Thai and Green chicken curry will have their cravings sated in the Busaba communal dining room, which will provide a tranquil retreat from the Shoreditch bustle.

Jason Myers, CEO of Busaba Eathai, commented: “This launch marks a pivotal moment in the Busaba Eathai story. Our new site here in Shoreditch brings together all of the magic of its predecessors as well as representing our evolution as we celebrate our 15th birthday and look forward to our expansion across the UK.”

To celebrate the opening and Busaba Eathai’s 15th birthday, Busaba will be hosting a succession of free live events starting in mid-February. On Friday and Saturday nights Shoreditch locals Hoxton Radio will be joining the Busaba team as resident DJs in the Kinnaree Bar. Busaba will also host six weeks of Sookjai events, focusing on creating a ‘happy heart’. Free yoga classes, meditation sessions, CookThai miniseries and wellbeing talks will be hosted at Busaba Eathai Shoreditch.

Having launched in 1999 with its first site on Wardour Street, Busaba Eathai has gone from strength to strength, offering Londoners a true taste of Thailand with its aromatic flavours and holistic approach. Fifteen years on, the group runs 12 sites across London and has a loyal following of diners seeking out authentic yet contemporary Thai cuisine at an affordable price.

 

slide-soho_1In amongst the ever-increasing hustle and bustle of quirky shops and small independent boutiques, the über trendy and iconic destination of Carnaby Street welcomes a newcomer to the scene – Rosa’s Thai Café – offering all-day hearty helpings of homemade Thai cuisine with a modern twist, courtesy of husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore.

From a humble street stall on Brick Lane, to the former site of a traditional British ‘caff’ - Rosa’s Thai Café was borne - and to this day there remains a lot of love between Rosa’s and its roots, reflecting the marriage of two cultures.  Now with its largest restaurant to date on Ganton Street, Rosa’s Carnaby combines the contemporary with the kitsch and is perfectly positioned as the hot spot for shoppers on-the-go or for more relaxed casual dining.

Celebrating a brand new menu with over 15 freshly prepared recipes that have been lovingly dreamt up, courtesy of head chef Saiphin, whose personal knowledge of traditional Thai recipes, methods and culture is second-to-none. Get stuck in to generous portions of fragrant and flavoursome Thai food with locally sourced seasonal ingredients: from smoked duck breast to crispy fried pork; succulent seabass to punchy chicken pandan.

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Downstairs the open plan kitchen sets the scene for a charming Thai journey, welcomed by the delicate fragrance of Thai fresh herbs, coconut, bamboo shoots and sweet basil.

Combining recipes from the homeland with ingredients sourced closed to home, come and feast on a host of signature starters, from as little as £6.25, such as; Deep Fried Crispy Pork (Laab Moo Tod) - mixed with galangal, lemongrass, mint, garlic, roasted chilli, toasted ground rice and lime; Soft Shell Crab (Poo Nim Thai Herb) - crispy crab topped with Thai herbs, shallots and spicy chilli sauce and Pandan Chicken (Gai Hor Bai Teay) - marinated chicken grilled in Pandan leaves.

Ramble through a range of main courses from stir-fries, curries, salads and noodles to chargrilled specialities – served up on wonderfully noisy enamel tableware, the kind used by the monks of Thailand.  Highlights include; Smoked Duck Breast Salad (Yam Ped Yang) – grilled smoked duck breast with fresh salad and mixed vegetables served with a spicy Eastern Thai dressing and Fried Seabass Red Curry (Pla Pad Prig Gaeng) – whole seabass topped with dry red curry sauce garnished with lime leaves and Thai herbs marinated with lemongrass and herbs.

Not forgetting the traditional tasty accompaniments which complete the Thai package; Stir Fried Aubergine (Pad Makhuea) with yellow bean, chilli, garlic, soya sauce and sweet basil, Rosa’s Fried Rice (Kow Pad Rosa’s) of Thai sausage, fried egg with jasmine rice and tom yam paste or Saiphin’s favourite all the way from her home town in Phetehbun, Thailand – Pineapple Fried Rice (Khao Pad Pineapple) pineapple and seafood jasmine rice with raisins, cashew nuts and pepper, served in a large hand carved pineapple boat.

THAI TIPPLES

A concise wine list carefully selected to complement the spicy flavours - available by both the glass and carafe – sits alongside a selection of specially handpicked Kuki Cha teas, served in glass teapots including choices such as lemongrass; ginger tea; nokcha korean green tea and jasmine pearl tea. For discerning drinkers, Mekong is the secret ingredient in Rosa’s very own Irish coffee, or equally enjoyed on the rocks, with soda or Coke. A selection of juices, freshly ground Monmouth coffee and fridges full of Chang beer are also available.

In an open, relaxed, convivial atmosphere, with an emphasis on tradition and authenticity, you are sure to find that Rosa’s Thai Café continues to offer some of the best Thai in town.

Rosa’s Carnaby

23 Ganton Street

London W1F 9BW

Many of us know about Chinese New Year but how many realise that the Thai New Year celebrations fall between the 13th and 15th of April? There's plenty happening to celebrate Songkran in London this year (2013).

Celebrated from 13th-15th April, 'Songkran' sees colourful parades and huge water fights take place in Thailand, which represent the washing away of sins from the previous year.

So celebrate in London get down to the Bangkok Street Food Party in St Martin's Courtyard Covent Garden on Friday 12th and Sat 13th April.

Between 12 and 8pm St Martin's Courtyard will be transformed into a Thailand away from home, decorated with lanterns, water themed features including traditional blessings and a mouth-watering array of Thai food inspired by Bangkok’s famous street food culture.

Throughout the two days if you pop down you will receive a truly Thai welcome, colourful and fun entertainment, relaxing spa massages and of course there will be plenty of delicious Thai food and drink including street food carts.  Enjoy snacks and dishes by SUDA Thai restaurant and a tuk-tuk bar where you can sample Thailand's very own refreshing beer Chang as well as pop-up bars from Singha beer and Monsoon Valley Wine. Be amazed by Thai fruit carving and garland making, two traditional Thai crafts and take your photo in an authentic Thai tuk-tuk.

The Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon will be holding a celebration of a more tradition nature although there will also be dancing and a beauty contest.

Also the Thai Dance Academy have teamed up with Chang Beer (a Thai beer) to celebrate by taking dancers to a host of the UKs best Thai Restaurants over the New Year Period. Restaurants, dates and times where the dancers will be in London are listed below.

Friday 12th :

Thai Rice Portobello, 303 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TD

Thai Rice Brooke Green, 238 Blythe Road, Brooke Green, W14 0HJ

Yum Yum, 187 Newington High Street, N16 0LH

Saturday 13th :

Janetira, 28 Brewer Street, W1F 0SR

Two Point Bar, 26 Crewford Street, London, W1H ILL

101 Restaurant, 352 King Street, London, W6 0RX

Sunday 14th :

Tamnag Thai, 50-54 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace