November 10, 2022
BANGKOK – The gala dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders attending a key summit next week will be organised under the theme “Sustainable Thai Gastronomy”, famed chef Chumpol Jangprai said on Tuesday.
Chumpol told Komchadluek he was honoured to be chosen as “Sustainable Food Ambassador” for the gala dinner at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall on November 17.
He explained that “Sustainable Thai Gastronomy” literally means sustainability among farmers, producers, consumers, countries and the globe.
“This concept will prove Thailand is ready to become the kitchen of the world no matter what the global crisis is,” he said.
Chumpol said all ingredients from Thailand will be cooked to meet the Apec concept of “Open. Connect. Balance”.
.“Open” enables Apec leaders to experience the taste of Thai food in all aspects, such as sour, sweet, oily, salty, spicy, bitter or even bland.
.“Connect” chooses ingredients from production sources across Thailand and proves the abundance of food in the kingdom.
.“Balance” maintains a balance between nature and sustainable development to improve the quality of life in line with sufficiency economy principles.
The gala dinner consists of four courses – appetisers and starters, salad, the main course and dessert, Chumpol said.
Pork will not be included in all menus, but all dishes will feature various portions of meat, vegetables and herbs, such as caviar from Doi Inthanon Royal Project, organic vegetables from Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khiao district, chicken from Yala’s Betong district, painted spiny lobster and hybrid tiger grouper from Phuket, and Pone Yang Kham beef from Sakhon Nakhon, he explained.
“Plant-based dishes using young jackfruit and various kinds of mushrooms are also available for Apec leaders who do not like meat,” he said.
Jaggery and raw cane sugar will be used to make desserts in a bid to meet the concept of the Bio-Circular-Green economy model, Chumpol added.
He revealed the snacks will be made up of foods from Thailand’s four regions:
.North: Khao Soi Mee Krob (Thai curry crispy noodles)
.Northeast: grilled Korat Wagyu beef with spicy tamarind sauce or grilled catfish with sweet fish sauce
.Central: Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup) in croquette form
.South: grilled Betong chicken.
“The fine-dining snacks will enable Apec leaders to experience the taste of Thai food in all aspects,” he said.
Meanwhile, dinner tables at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall will be arranged in a crescent shape with seats sorted alphabetically, except for host country Thailand, which will be located in the middle, he added.