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Phuket: Revealing the secrets of Thalang

PHUKET: A ‘Secret Na Thalang Ancestral Rainforest’ dinner by Chef Premchit Prateap Na Thalang was held at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Mai Khao last Friday evening (October 26), the launch of a six-month series of traditional dinners to be hosted by the resort.

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 06:00PM

The dinner was called the ‘Thalang 1785 Menu’, designed to represent a more subtle and complex ‘slow’ cuisine enjoyed by Na Thalang owner and chef Premchit Prateap Na Thalang’s ancestors, Thao Thep Kasatri and Thao Sri Sunthon, the famous heroines of the battle of Thalang in 1785.

The secrecy part of the event comes with the menu, which is only revealed to guests upon arrival.

The Ancestral Rainforest dinner was composed of 12 courses – including fresh juice, canapés, beverages, six main dishes, a palette-cleansing sorbet and two desserts served with a digestif. Mrs Premchit’s husband Norman described each menu item as it is served to the table.

Drawing on over 400 years of family tradition, Mrs Premchit uses fresh seasonal ingredients collected from her farm and foraged from the rainforest, beach, sea and village markets of Phang Nga and Phuket, and secret recipes passed on from generation to generation.

Mrs Premchit was born in the village of Khok Kloi in Phang Nga, where her family lived a “simple life on the edge of the rainforest in harmony with nature”. This meant that Mrs Premchit was able to fully “enjoy the bounty of the rainforest”.

Her love of picking rare fresh seasonal fruit, combined with wild ingredients, started from a young age. When she was five years old she would take regular trips into the rainforest with her father, where he would pass on his love and knowledge of nature.

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He showed her how to harvest and store plants for use as food, traditional herbal medicine and even beauty products.

After coming back from the rainforest her mother would teach her how to turn the plants into “delicious ambrosias and elixirs for eating and nature herbal medicines for healing”.
As a result Mrs Premchit has become the chief inheritor of her family’s knowledge about the rainforest.

This lead her to create the Premchit brand of organic wellness called “Ambrosias and Elixirs” mainly selling herbal teas used for holistic natural remedies as a “positive response to the chronic aliments of modern life”. She hopes to one day pass on her knowledge to her son.

The remaining dinners are scheduled for November 27, December 18, January 8, February 26, and March 5. Every dinner is held at a different location within the resort, which is kept secret until just beforehand.

The dinners are priced at B3,500++. For reservations, phone the resort on 076 338 000 or visit jwmarriottphuketresort.com



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