Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

CHIANG MAI

THAILAND

KOH CHANG

SPOTLIGHT

In-Depth Culinary Experience

Three Trees embraces Thai

culinary traditions of past and

present. Drawing on historical

recipes and 15 years of extensive

research, founder and prominent

food scholar, Hanuman Aspler

offers a bespoke and intimate

approach to learning the art of

Thai cooking. From Royal Thai

cuisine to regional cooking,

minority dishes and even Laotian

cuisine – given enough notice,

a unique experience can be

carefully crafted to suit your

interest. All classes are private

for 1-3 students at a time, and

the setting is pure magic. Just

30 minutes from the city centre,

the school is nestled on a 15-rai,

luscious farm at the foothills of

Doi Saket. Hanuman dedicated

years to revitalising the area’s

swampland, managing water

systems and creating a food

forest that is reminiscent

of ancient Siam. A definite

foodie haven for those

seeking out an in-depth

appreciation of Thai cuisine.

thaifoodmaster.com

TASTE OF THE MEXICAN SPIRIT

Take a break from Thai seafood and indulge

in a fun Mexican dining experience on

Barrio Bonito on Koh Chang. Located in

the heart of Kai Bae village on the island,

the restaurant is known for its authentic

Mexican fare. Founded by a Mexican chef

and a Frenchman who felt the only way

to not miss home is to bring the mood of

the barrio, or neighbourhood in Spanish,

over to the island. Originally from Mexico

City and Oaxaca, the owner brought with

her the local culture and gastronomy with

imported spices and ingredients. Chipotle

chilli, ancho chillies, and achiote paste add

an authentic touch to the scrumptious

dishes. Spice up your day with a wide

array of Mexican delights such as alambre,

taquitos, cochinita pibil, along with their

signature cocktails. 98/14-15 Moo 4

Kai Bae, Koh Chang, Trat, barriobonito.com

ART MEETS NATURE

Toot Yung (that’s “mosquito butt” in Thai)

abandoned the bustle of the Bangkok

art scene earlier this year in favour of an

unlikely and rather remote enclave in Mae Rim

district. Some 30km north of Chiang Mai

city, the compound was designed by owner

and art enthusiast Udom Dansakchai with

a vision of creating a peaceful space that

blends art and nature. The haven features

a world-class art gallery, a design gallery

and a workshop for artists-in-residence,

all nestled in lush tropical gardens.

Curator and director Myrtille Tibayrenc

has a penchant for the provocative and

believes that destiny brought this centre

into being. This December showcases

respected Thai sculptor, Haritorn

Akarapat. tootyunggallery.com,

+66 (0) 84 914 5499

HANDMADE, FROM START TO FINISH

A passion project of founder and designer Boontavee “Boon”

Charoenpoonsiri, Torboon, embraces every stage of the bag-making

process – from weaving the base fabric, to selecting the finest leather

details and above all, for a carefully crafted and enduring design. After

deciding on a career change, Boon spent two years learning the art

of bag-making in Florence and Milan. Returning home with new skills

in tow, she found further inspiration in the local culture of textile

weaving, thereby creating a marriage of Thai heritage and Italian

craftsmanship. Her contemporary range has expanded to include

women’s shoes, unisex hats and a men’s bag line. One Nimman,

1 Nimmanhaemin Road, torboonchiangmai.com

A NOT-SO-SECRET CAFÉ

My Secret Café’s (not-so-secret, really)

In Town branch echoes the vibrant mood

and cosy feel of their flagship location on the

outskirts of town (minus the lamyai or longan

farm and friendly horses). Nestled in a nook

just behind popular Akha Ama coffee, their

discreet yet central location is steps away

from Sunday walking street and the revered

Phra Singh temple. On offer is a combination

of Thai and Western comfort food with

an array of mouth-watering, fresh-baked

goodies. The otherwise tranquil café comes

alive with Tuesday Music Nights, expect an

impressive line-up of jazz, blues, samba and

more – featuring up-and-coming musical

talents – all carefully curated by respected

local sax player “Ek.” 175/12 Rachadamnoen

Road, facebook.com/mysecretcafeintown

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