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Southern Flavours at Rayavadee

  • Written by Sally Morgan



Rayavadee Krabi in Thailand is presenting the distinctive flavours of the south from 1 – 15 April 2016 with a special menu by Chef Amphan Chaiawan of Krua Phranang restaurant, featuring a selection of home-cooked southern Thai recipes that highlight the very best the region has to offer.

Chef Amphan, or 'Auntie Paan' as she is affectionately known, has been heading Rayavadee's Thai restaurant, Krua Phranang, for more than a decade. Hailing from the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, it is with pride that Chef Amphan showcases her family recipes of classic southern dishes including Sator Phad Ka-Pi Goong Sod,  shrimp and shrimp paste wok-fried with pungent Petai beans and Kua Kling Moo Saep, minced pork coated with fiery-hot Kua Kling spice paste: a mixture of chilli, garlic, turmeric and kaffir lime leaf.

Southern cooking is well-known for its spiciness and combination of local herbs, vegetables and the bounty of the sea which results in simple, wholesome dishes that pack a flavoursome punch.  Other tempting favourites on offer include Yam Pak Gude Hoy Shell, a spicy Thai salad with a mouthwatering mix of scallops and crispy young fern shoots tossed in a dressing of chilies, lime and fresh garlic and the popular Pla Kra-Bok Tom Som, a hot and sour mullet fish soup packed with the herbal benefits of lemon grass, shallots and turmeric. Nam Prik Goong Sod, a shrimp dip with fresh chilies, lime and shallot served with selection of fresh vegetables, is another dish much loved by southerners and which is featured on the menu. Diners can refresh their post dinner palates with the cooling properties of Kanom Ko, a delicious southern sweet rice dumpling served with shaved young coconut perhaps best enjoyed with a cup of fragrant organic forest coffee.

About Rayavadee

Rayavadee Krabi is a stunning Thai five-star resort, recognised for its amazing dining experiences - one of which invites guests to enjoy indulgence and adventure whilst nestled in the cavernous Krabi landscape.  Set on the edge of Krabi's National Marine Park at the heart of the stunning Phranang Peninsula, Rayavadee is surrounded by lush foliage, limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.

The 96 luxurious pavilions and five luxury villas are spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical landscapes. This member of The Leading Hotels of the World boasts award-winning architecture inspired by the atmosphere of a southern Thai village, fine cuisine, a luxurious relaxation spa and its own fleet of speedboats for excursions to the surrounding islands.

www.rayavadee.com

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