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Tastes of Thailand: 7 Must Try Dishes



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Yam Som O Refresh the palate with a pomelo salad featuring prawns, crispy shallots and sweet tamarind sauce. Dine on this with a view of three countries and the mighty Mekong River at our northern jungle retreat, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

Khaeng Massaman Nue Savour slowly cooked veal shank in Thai massaman curry with sweet potatoes and shallots at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, where the capital’s rich vibrancy and smooth flow of life along the Chao Phraya River mirror the essence of this dish.

Kheang Kaiow Waan Kai Baan Roti The Thai name for green curry with free range chicken and roti pancake is a real tongue twister. Since Bangkok’s native translation boasts the world’s longest capital name, our urban retreat, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn, is a poignant place to savour it.

Phad Thai Khoong Sod This stir fried rice noodle dish with prawns, bean sprouts and chives in tamarind sauce pays homage to Thailand’s street food. Discover the best of both worlds as you sample this humble recipe in Bangkok’s most exclusive neighbourhood at Anantara Baan Rajprasong.

Phad Cha Talay Fire up the taste buds with a hot pan stir fry of mixed fresh seafood, spicy Thai herb paste and green peppercorns. The perfect tasting destination for this sizzling masterpiece inspired by island flavours is Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, Koh Samui.

Tom Yam Khoong Thailand’s most popular spicy and sour soup fuses fresh herbs, black tiger prawns and fresh lime juice, and is best enjoyed in the tropical shoreline paradise of Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, Samui.

Pla Kra Pong Nung Ma Now Fresh sea bass fillet, steamed in a lemongrass, fresh lime juice, chili and garlic dressing. This dish teases the taste buds and there is no better place to do so than on the Gulf of Siam at Anantara Rasananda.

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Dishes Enhanced by the Perfect Salt

Wine Guru Wine

Sea salt contains the essential trace minerals that the body needs in order to stay healthy, but salt comes in all colours, shapes and sizes; as well as pure white, salt may be pink, grey, black or green. When it comes to a sprinkling of the good stuff, to trace the history of salt is to trace the history of human kind itself. As far back as 6000 BC evidence points to Neolithic man extracting salt for the preservation of food by boiling spring water laden with salt.

In the Hebrew Bible, thirty-five verses mention salt, one of which being the story of Lot’s wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back at the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as they were destroyed. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred to his followers as the "salt of the earth” while the Islamic Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said that: "Salt is the master of your food. God sent down four blessings from the sky – fire, water, iron and salt". Fast forward several thousand years and we catch up with Anantara salt guru, Khun Wanchai at Anantara Phuket Villas . Far from turning Anantara’s guests into pillars of salt, Wanchai has been busy unraveling the complexities of salt for our gourmands of fine dining. “Each of the salts has an interesting story,” Wanchai explains, “and it’s different in the way it complements the subtleties of different dishes.” So let’s cut to the chase and look at five from an array of salts that Anantara Salt Gurus will be using to pair your dishes with the optimum seasoning.

Cyprus Black Lava Salt This simple Mediterranean flake salt is mixed with activated charcoal. The beautiful colour is not the only benefit that the charcoal adds. It also gives a unique taste and adds a natural detoxifier. It enhances salads, chicken, red meat, fish, sauces and soup and is perfect for encrusting the rims of Margarita glasses.

Salish Smoked Salt Salish Smoked Salt is an organic Pacific salt that is cool smoked over red alderwood. No artificial colouring or flavours are added. Salish gives food a delicious smoked flavour both on and off the BBQ. It is recommendad as a seasoning for salmon, red meat, creamy pasta dishes and baked potatoes.
Peruvian Pink Salt Extracted from a natural spring 10,000 feet high in the mountains of Peru this salt has been hand harvested for over 2,000 years. The crystals have a high moisture content and a light pink colour. Peruvian Pink Salt has a strong flavour and is a great seasoning salt.

Black Truffle Salt A genuine treasure imported from Italy, Black Truffle Salt is a precious blend of ground black truffles harvested from the Abruzzi region of Italy and all natural sea salt. Black truffles have an excellent buttery garlic flavour that is coveted by chefs and connoisseurs around the world. An ideal addition to cooked egg dishes, pasta, mashed potatoes or even sprinkled on buttered popcorn.

Bali - Coconut and Lime Smoked Sea Salt Coconut and lime soaked sea salt starts with tropical salt harvested from the Bali Sea. The beautiful geometric crystal grinds easily and absorbs lots of flavour. Indigenous coconut and kaffir lime leaves are used to create a smoky salt with a bite of citrus. Ideal with fresh seafood.
Kala Namak - Indian Black Salt Kala Namak is also known as Indian Black Salt. It has an unforgettable smell, similar to egg yolks and is used extensively in Indian cuisine. This salt has become popular with vegan chefs for adding natural egg flavour to their dishes. Pink with a powdery texture.

These and many other natural salts have gained gourmet status and are recommended for their rich mineral content providing numerous health benefits. So salt with style in 2013, stock up your salt cellar, or contact your Salt Guru when staying with Anantara.               

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Action & Relaxation in the Maldives


Most of us picture the Maldives as a tropical paradise of turquoise waters and white sand beaches where the rhythm of life slows the pulse and intoxicates the senses. And on a busy day in the office nothing sounds more tempting than flying into paradise. There are numerous ways and hours you can spend exploring the infinite shades of blue from above and below the surface.

Beyond the reach of a lazy hammock, take up windsurfing on the placid lagoon. Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover a brilliant world of tropical fish and bizarre looking mollusks. Sail through the earth's most stunning tropical paradise, where you can feel as though the waves belong only to you. The possibilities are spine tingling and the real experience never fails to disappoint.       

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A True Arabian Journey

Atmospheric China Expedition

Experience the timeless wonders of riding a camel across the desert sands of Abhu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. Turn back the clock and enter the realm of silent contemplation as the landscape stretches like an ocean of sand to the edge of the world.

When the sun descends and the temperature cools it’s time to set up camp. Images of desert valleys and apricot mountains; nomadic tribes and ancient palaces become etched into the memory while the campfire spits embers into the black night.  A night under the stars in the Abu Dhabi desert is a bewitching experience that’ll challenge the adventurer within to embrace the freedom of open space.

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18th Floor, Berli Jucker House,
99 Soi Rubia, Sukhumvit 42 Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand


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