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Wednesday 1 February 2023

Some like it hot: new Pimalai menu keeps it local

So you like your food with a bit of spice, reflecting local tastes?

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the five-star resort on the southern Thai island of Koh Lanta, has just launched a new menu that features some iconic and authentic dishes from southern Thailand.

The promise is that dishes will be cooked with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, using recipes that underline the resort’s commitment to nature and local community.

The new menu has been curated by chef Supon “Peng” Kaewcharoenpaiboon, Pimalai’s executive chef for Thai cuisine, who has more than 20 years of experience.

Chef Peng is an expert in the art of Royal Thai cuisine and has worked as head chef at Blue Elephant, the famous Thai restaurant in Dubai.

Southern Thailand has an exotic food culture that is derived from locals herbs and spices.

His recipes can be enjoyed at Spice and Rice, Pimalai’s sea-facing Thai restaurant.

Guests can choose from dishes like Budu Herb Rice Salad, a spicy Kaeng Som soup and the fish dish Kaeng Tai Pla.

Sataw Phad Goong is a dish of stir-fried pakria (bitter beans) with shrimp and minced pork using Koh Lanta shrimp paste, pakria from villagers’ garden and fresh shrimp from the island’s fishing community.

Another of the restaurant’s other popular menu items is dried fish with watermelon.

Pimalai has an ethos of supporting local communities and reducing its environmental impact. By sourcing ingredients from within Koh Lanta, it ensures the freshness and flavour of the produce, while also providing a source of income for fishermen, farmers and small-scale producers.

“Today’s travellers are seeking highly authentic, localised experiences that connect them with their destination," says Charinthip Tiyaphorn, owner representative for Pimalai

"Food is a key aspect of this and Pimalai is committed to strengthening the links between our guests and the island by offering original cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else."

Pimalai Resort & Spa has a total of 121 suites and private pool villas overlooking the Andaman Sea and is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection.

It was fully booked last time I tried to visit, but is very much on my radar for my next trip to Thailand.

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