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Celebrating Thai Culinary Art: Fruit & Vegetable Carving Workshop in The Hague

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On the afternoon of March 30, 2024, the Royal Thai Embassy in The Hague, under the distinguished patronage of H.E. Mr. Asi Mamanee, the Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, organised a captivating journey into the realm of Thai culinary artistry.

With the prestigious Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag Promenade as its backdrop, the workshop titled “Kae-Sa-Lak Thai Fruit & Vegetable Carving for beginners” welcomed enthusiasts and novices alike to explore the intricate craft of Thai fruit and vegetable carving. Ambassador Mamanee warmly greeted participants, setting the stage for a promising and enlightening experience rooted in Thai tradition.

Guided by the skilled artisans of the Buddhivongsil Carving Group—Ms. Phanida Yommee, Ms. Suphatcha Chaisaeng, and Ms. Mayuree Inaum—the workshop was meticulously curated to impart the rich heritage of Thai culinary skills to a diverse audience.

Thai fruit and vegetable carving transcends mere culinary practice; it embodies an art form deeply embedded in Thai culture. Often utilized for food decoration during family gatherings and festive occasions, it adds a touch of grace and symbolism to traditional dishes, symbolizing the elegance and sophistication of Thai cuisine.

The Royal Thai Embassy’s unwavering commitment to promoting Thai traditions within the Dutch community has yielded significant success. Preceding the carving workshop, a series of Thai meditation sessions captivated a mixed audience comprising locals, diplomats, and members of the diaspora, fostering cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

The workshop reached its maximum capacity, attracting 21 eager participants from diverse backgrounds. Dutch residents, international expatriates, and spouses of diplomats from ASEAN member countries, along with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, graced the occasion.

Throughout the session, participants were introduced to a plethora of carving techniques and skills, unveiling the secrets behind transforming humble fruits and vegetables into exquisite works of art. The intricate patterns and delicate motifs demonstrated by the instructors, inspired attendees to delve deeper into the intricacies of Thai culinary craftsmanship. As tokens of appreciation, the Embassy presented each participant with special carving knives and utensils to continue their practice at home.

The workshop’s success was further enhanced by the generous support of partners such as the Buddhivongsil Carving Group, Namdhari’s Fresh, and Bud Holland. Their contributions, including an array of Thai fruits and vegetables, enriched the participants’ experience, fostering a profound appreciation for Thai culinary traditions.

As the curtains drew to a close on this memorable event, the Royal Thai Embassy, The Hague, extended heartfelt gratitude to all involved, reaffirming its dedication to nurturing cultural exchange and celebrating the enduring beauty of Thai heritage.

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