Tom Yum, Som Tam, Kaeng Khiao Wan: 10-day Thai food festival kicks off in Dubai

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Dubai: A 10-day Thai food festival promoting popular dishes such as Tom Yum Kung (sweet and sour prawn soup), Pad Thai (Thai stir-fried noodles), Pad Kra Prao Kai (stir-fried chicken with basil), Som Tam (green papaya salad) and Kaeng Khiao Wan (green curry) kicked off in Dubai on Friday.

Organized by the Royal Thai Consulate General in Dubai, in partnership with the Choithrams chain of stores, the “Thai Goodness Festival” will take place until September 18 in 10 Choithrams stores in Dubai and the northern emirates, including Bay Square, DEC Marina, Dubai Tower (Deira), Green Community, Manhattan Tower (JVC), Safa Park, The Greens, Umm Suqeim, Sharjah Marine and Fujairah.

Thai Consul General Chairat Sirivat told Gulf News: “We are organizing the ‘Thai Goodness Festival’ to promote Thai culinary culture, Thai products and restaurants in the UAE. The festival also focuses on promoting Thai food products that are readily available in supermarkets, such as curry pastes and seasoning sauces, a wide selection of Thai noodles, flours and snacks, coconut milk and canned vegetables, to name a few.

“Most importantly, we are building the capacity of Thai food importers and distributors to increase Thai food exports here in the UAE,” he added.

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Special discounts

During the food festival, there will be special discounts of up to 25% on all Thai products covering over 450 items. Guests will also enjoy live Thai cooking, food tasting and product sampling.

“I believe the ‘Thai Goodness Festival’ will help raise awareness of Thai food products among UAE residents and help increase the popularity of Thai cuisine that can be easily prepared at home,” noted Sirivat, who hosted a dinner party at his residence earlier this week for journalists and social media influencers.

CG’s recommendations

Sirivat also made his recommendations. He said: “Thai cuisine is known for its variety of flavors and the use of market-fresh herbs, spices and ingredients. An exciting combination of five fundamental tastes – pungent, sweet, sour, salty and bitter – brings contrasting yet complementary flavors and textures to every dish.

“Coconut milk, seafood and fruits also play a key role in Thai cuisine. Uniquely crafted to appeal to all tastes, Thai cuisine combines the best of flavors, textures, colors and presentation. A typical Thai meal consists of rice with many complementary dishes served simultaneously,” he added.

“As for my recommendations,” he continued, “You must try Thai dishes such as Tom Yum Kung (sweet and sour shrimp soup), Pad Thai (Thai stir-fried noodles), Pad Kra Prao Kai ( sautéed chicken with basil), Som Tam (green papaya salad) and Kaeng Khiao Wan (green curry).

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