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Sala Rim Naam Restaurant Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: April 4, 2011 at 10:58 am
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This is the time of the year when the favourite Thai summer delicacy, khao chae (chilled rice in jasmine-scented water with condiments) can be enjoyed.
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The dish is available in most Thai restaurants, both in leading hotels and stand-alone outlets. Among the places famous for this once-a-year treat is Sala Rim Naam, a riverside restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
Khao chae has its origins in the legends of the Mon people who created this special dish as a gift for the gods during Songkran.
During the reign of King Chulalongkorn, khao chae flavoured with jasmine-scented water became a favourite in the palace, and gradually came to be enjoyed throughout the country.
At Sala Rim Naam, khao chae is prepared by Thai celebrity chef Vichit Makura and available as part of the lunch buffet priced at 885 baht net, until May 15. A bowl of khao chae is to be enjoyed with a variety of condiments including fried sweet pepper, deep-fried battered salted eggs, stuffed shallot, fried shrimp paste, sweet fish, salty beef and pickled vegetables and fruits.
Throughout April, khao chae is also available at the Mandarin Oriental shops in Central Chidlom, The Emporium and L' Espace on M floor of Siam Paragon. The price is 345 baht net for a takeaway set for two persons (565 baht net for four persons), and 406 baht net for a dine-in set for two persons (665 baht net for four persons).
For more information or reservations, call 02-659-9000 (Sala Rim Naam), 02-252-6863 (Central Chidlom), 02-259-8573 (The Emporium) and 02-610-9845 (Siam Paragon).