By Roy Lie Atjam
The Royal Thai Embassy in the Netherlands will be hosting a series of Thai Food Promotions for the purpose of taking Thai food to higher heights.
The phenomenon of Thai Gastrodiplomacy is still very much alive. In 2001 the government of Thailand established the “Global Thai Restaurant Company Ltd.” aiming at establishing thousands of Thai restaurants worldwide. The government hoped the company would be like McDonald’s. Chefs were trained and posted around the globe to promote the Thai gastrodiplomacy scheme.
Before the Thai Food Festival at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in The Hague and Amsterdam in April 2022, the Royal Thai Embassy invited chefs and staffers of the Leonardo Royal Hotel to participate in a workshop so as to get firsthand information on the peculiarities of Thai cuisine. It was also an opportunity to meet their Thai counterparts with whom they will be working closely during the upcoming food festival.
The workshop took place under the acumen supervision of the spouse of the Ambassador of Thailand, Mrs. Nataya. She gave a brief insight into the exquisite Thai cuisine, notably the Thai Royal Cuisine and its preparation.
By all means, the Thai Food Festival will offer a Premium 3-course menu. To get a glimpse of the mouthwatering menu: Appetizers, steamed bird dumpling, spicy papaya salad. Main courses, beef green curry, prawn in tamarind sauce, fried fish cake and a spicy chicken soup. Desserts, sweet layer cake, coconut macaron, sweet sticky rice with coconut topping
A pleasurable, relaxed atmosphere of camaraderie reigned at the workshop. In conclusion, all participants expressed their satisfaction with the presentation. The chefs envisage meeting again before the food festival.
Thai Food Festival, 22 & 23 April from 18:00 Leonardo Royal Hotel in The HaguE
Thai Food Festival 29 & 30 April from 18:00 Leonardo Royal Hotel in Amsterdam