Experience Thainess through Thai cuisine - Press release by the Royal Thai Embassy

On 28-29 August 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, and the Oberoi Hotel, Gurgaon, co-hosted ‘Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine’, a two-day event to introduce Thai culinary culture to food enthusiasts in New Delhi. For this special event, the Royal Thai Embassy had invited Mrs. Nooror Somany Steppe, Head Chef of the world-renowned Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School in Bangkok and her team to create a menu of authentic Thai dishes.

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On the first day, Chef Nooror conducted Thai culinary masterclass workshops for 44 participants, including leading chefs from luxury hotels in New Delhi, food critics/bloggers and media.  The event was filled with enthusiasm and fun as participants learned and gained experience with the true taste of Thai cuisine.  At the end of the workshops, they enjoyed a sumptuous meal with Chef Nooror and her team, and left with a bag full of souvenirs, Thai cookbooks and a certificate co-signed by Ambassador of Thailand and Chef Nooror.

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On the second day, H.E. Mr. Chalit Manityakul, the Ambassador of Thailand to India and Mr. David Mathews, General Manager of the Oberoi Gurgaon, co-hosted an exclusive Gala Dinner with the theme of ‘Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine’ at the Oberoi, Gurgaon. It was warmly welcomed by over 200 guests including Indian and foreign dignitaries, friends of Thailand, leading business persons and food enthusiasts in New Delhi. The night was elevated by the authentic Thai Cuisine carefully selected by Chef Nooror, as well as special Thai classical dance, martial arts and puppet show by the Thai cultural troupe from Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Ministry of Culture, Thailand.

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In India, Thai food is gaining popularity.  Many restaurants have added Thai dishes into their menu list or buffet; however, most of their flavour has been adjusted and is not authentic enough.  The two-day ‘Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine’ has helped the participating Indian Chefs to gain more experience and special techniques for the preparation of authentic Thai dishes and an appreciation of the true taste of the Thai cuisine.

More information about authentic Thai food in India can be found at the website of the Thai Embassy, New Delhi (http://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/th/thai-restaurants-in-india-th/).