Are you up for a Thai Foodfest? snagged five minutes with Chef Noppakorn Goonthamrongat of the Mandarin Oriental's Thai Foodfest to get his take on why Thai is a must-try



From left to right:   Chef Noppakorn Goonthamrongat, Chef Anchalee Luadkham, Chef Noppakao Boomnag and Chef Noppadol Promprao.


Hailed as a gourmet destination by an Australian luxury magazine, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi is known for its authentic Thai cuisine.   Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi's Thai expert, chef Noppakorn Goonthamrongat, is in town with a team of culinary ambassadors to create traditional dishes for this year's Thai Food Festival at Paseo Uno.

The soft-spoken chef, who holds regular cooking classes in Chiang Mai, collaborated with chefs Noppakao Boomnag, Noppadol Promprao and Anchalee Luadkham for this year's Thai Food Festival.   Briefly, he tells us why Thai food is popular and lets the food do the talking:


If you could only pick one Thai dish, what would you recommend?

Chef Noppakorn: I have two, the Tom Yang Pong and the King Curry dishes.   They're my favorites.


Aside from Thai cuisine, what are your other favorites?


Chef Noppakorn: I also love Chinese food (smiles).

What do you think makes Thai food distinct from other Asian cuisines?

Chef Noppakorn: The play of herbs and the use of coconut milk in Thai cooking makes things interesting.

When you're not working in the kitchen, what do you like eating?

Chef Noppakorn: I still stick to Asian food, I eat a lot of noodles!



The Thai Foodfest at Paseo Uno will run until June 24, Wednesday at the Mandarin Oriental Manila.   Available during lunch and dinner at P1,800 per person, inclusive of one raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip for two to Bangkok and Chiang Mai courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and a two-night stay each at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi.

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On June 20, Chef Noppakorn Goonthamrongat will give a special cooking class at the Tivoli for only P3,500, inclusive of a light breakfast and a three-course lunch.   For more information, call 750-8888.


Images by Yas Salanga.

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