Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 3

We have a busy schedule on our first morning in Chiang Mai. Breakfast at the Shangri-La Club Lounge is exquisite, with red curry beef and cooked-to-order Thai omelette as the highlights. Noah, still refusing drinks, is more interested in looking out the window at the swimming pool downstairs. We need to shop for ingredients for the » Read More

How to Make Chor Muang (Thai Royal Steamed Dumplings)

One of three rare Thai dishes traditionally served to the Thai royal family, Chor Muang is a steamed dumpling delicately formed into flowers using a pair of tweezers with serrated tips. The purple colour is obtained from the petals of what we call bunga telang in Malaysia; though you can achieve the same effect with food colouring. Chef Wassana is » Read More

How to Cook Sabah Rice Wine Chicken (Ayam Lihing)

Ayam Lihing is a Kadazan Sabah dish that uses chicken and local rice wine; Chef Elroy from Shangri-La Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu shows me how easy it is to prepare. This is the first in a series of 3 Kadazan Sabah dishes I learned during my recent trip to Borneo. One interesting point of difference I picked up which was confirmed by Chef Elroy » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 2

We land at Chiang Mai and the isolation of this city, 700 kms north of Bangkok, is immediately palpable as we take in the high mountains and vast green fields that surround the airport. Heading to our hotel, I manage to communicate with ease with Shangri-La Chiang Mai’s limousine driver, and my concerns about language barriers is alleviated. » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 1

I have to admit I resisted travelling to Thailand for the longest time because I was annoyed at constantly being mistaken for a Thai cook back here in Sydney. (Yes, I know. Petty.) Over the last 12 months however, I had started to hear good things about Thailand from serious Malaysian foodies.  I began to play with the idea of travelling to » Read More