Celebrating Thai Culinary Diplomacy
By Roy Lie Atjam
Thailand showed off her culinary prowess during the “Thai Flavors” festival at LEO’s restaurant of the Leonardo Royal Hotel in The Hague and Amsterdam on April 22-23 and 29-30 respectively.
Food is a country’s most seductive diplomat, the silent language of diplomacy that can bring people together. It tells who you are.
LEO’s International Flavors is a concept that creates dishes inspired by cuisines from all over the world. Edition Thai Flavors took place on 22-23 April and 29-30 April 2022 at Leonardo Royal Hotel The Hague and Amsterdam. Organizers of the Thai flavors are the Royal Embassy of Thailand, Leonardo Royal Hotel and Diplomat magazine.
The evening started in a stylish Thai boutique, showcasing ingredients, fruits, vegetables, ornaments and documentation.
The many guests were welcome by Mr. Patrick Aarsman General Manager(ag) Leonardo Royal Hotel The Hague, Dr Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher Diplomat Magazine and by the host H.E. Mr. Chatri Archjananun, Ambassador of Thailand, his welcome remarks now follow. “A very warm welcome to all of you to the first night of the Food Festival Thai Flavors in The Hague. Happy to see that many of you here are Thai food followers.
Thai cuisine has gained worldwide reputation in the recent years almost every major city around the globe now has Thai restaurants there are approximately 50,000 Thai restaurants on this planet.
Today, you will enjoy many Thai famous dishes with fine ingredients for those who are on diet, tonight will be your cheat day for those who love to cook, you will find ingredients displayed with the Thai cook books at the entrance of this room.
This Thai food festival, which runs 2 days in The Hague and 2 days in Amsterdam next week, is organized in conjunction with the opening of our Thai Pavilion at Floriade Expo 2022 in Almere.
Lastly, this Thai Flavors event could not happen without a good cooperation with Leonardo Royal Hotel and Diplomat Magazine, I wish to thank them all.
As for the gathering on 29-30 April 2022 in Amsterdam, a similar concept as in The Hague. However, Amsterdam has its vibes. Mr Erik-Jan Bausch general manager of Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam, H.E. Mr Chatri Archjananun, Ambassador of Thailand and Dr Mayelinne De Lara of Diplomat magazine welcome the guests.
An array of performers “The Thai Music Circle in the Netherlands” played Chuen Chumnum & Klum Dontri, written by HRH. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and the musician Mantri Tramo. There were dancers and a fashion show by Narinthorn Pha.
Together they provided entertainment throughout the evening.
The Thai Chefs Trio, Wan, Ni, Yo and LEO’s chefs Sido de Brabander and Andrew Goldsteen presented a menu of a perfectly blended dinner. Mrs Nataya Archjananun spouse of the Ambassador made an indelible contribution to the diner.
All the delightsome dishes served were authentic Thai foods, such as the appetizers: steaming bird dumplings, spicy papaya salad, Thai shrimp toast, and tropical fruit with chicken filling. Main courses: beef-green curry, prawns in tamarind sauce, fried fish cake, spicy chicken soup. Desserts: sweet layer cake, coconut ice cream, sweet sticky rice with coconut topping, fruits. To introduce each course, the table attendant briefly explained the dishes.
It has been a delight to observe the scores of diners crowded Leo’s restaurants for the Thai flavours festival in The Hague and Amsterdam. Among the ambassadors in attendance were; China, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Panama, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and diplomats from Belarus, Mexico, the USA, Ghana and several others.
The organisers of Thai Flavors festivals could look back on a successful event in the international city of The Hague and the capital city Amsterdam. The many positive responses prove that. Obviously the Thai flavours festival has enhanced awareness of Thai cuisine in the Netherlands.
Hats off to the Thai gastronomy and hospitality!