Thailand has a reputation for being a food paradise but one in which it’s also become a magnet for new food products.
With the rise of the world’s biggest chicken and pork market, restaurants and supermarkets are now vying for the best ingredients.
But some of the most intriguing products are not found in the shops but on the shelves.
One Thai restaurant owner told me the best part of her job was the fact that she was a part-time chef herself.
She said: ‘You know you have a great opportunity when you come in and you are a part of something that can have a big impact.
‘But it’s so important to have that opportunity.’
The Thai Kitchen in a Thai restaurant in Hong Kong.
Source: Alamy Stock PhotoThe most exciting product she sells is a Thai kitchen fan.
The fan can be placed on a shelf and the electricity to turn it on will run off.
It’s an electric grill, made from bamboo, that will heat and cook foods for about 20 minutes at a time.
There are a variety of different sizes, from a 20-litre fan that can cook rice and vegetables to a 50-litres fan that will cook pasta and rice.’
They’re so useful for Thai cooking,’ she said.’
You can cook food for two or three people.
I cook at home so I like the idea of cooking together.
‘They’re quite handy.’
Another product that the Thai Kitchen fan is designed to be used in a kitchen is a food cooker that can be used to make soups and stir-frys.
There is also a microwave for making food from instant noodle soup to a large soup bowl.
‘These are things you could never have imagined when you were growing up,’ she explained.’
When I was a kid, we used to cook food on the kitchen table and we always had to use tongs and chopsticks because the kitchen was always messy.”
I want to cook the perfect soup.
I can’t wait to make it’The food lover in me is not afraid to use the fan to make her food, which she describes as a ‘big, fat, green, delicious thing’.
She said she uses it to heat up soup for her son and to make rice pudding for her husband.’
It’s like a big, fat green, tasty thing.
You can’t eat it if it’s not hot.
You don’t want to burn yourself,’ she added.
‘I want them to enjoy it.’
Food is so much better when it’s hot.’
I like to cook with my wife.
She can cook and she loves it.
If you can cook for one person, you can make it for two.’
The fan she sells in Thailand.
Source Alamy stock PhotoI love the idea that I can have my cake and eat it too.
I love the energy I can put into my cooking.
The best part is that it gives me an opportunity to do things that I’ve never done before.
I’m also able to get more experience in cooking, like making rice noodles.
The recipe she came up with for this is quite simple and you could even make it yourself, she said: “I want you to put some chicken or fish in it.
I want you mix it with some rice.
I put in some fish sauce and some green onion.”
The Thai cook is also using the fan in her kitchen to cook her own meals.
I have tried making rice cakes and rice noodles using the same recipe, but I never had the chance to make them in person.
But now I can!
It’s such a nice way to cook.’
A few years ago, she started a Thai Kitchen blog to share her experiences and advice with other cooks in Thailand, but now she’s also created a website to help Thai food lovers discover the new products and restaurants in their country.’
In Thailand, there are many restaurants that offer new and exciting dishes, but there is no one place where all Thai chefs can go and share their experience with people,’ she told me.’
This is my dream.’
For me, this is what I love about Thailand.
I like to see new and fresh food being created here, so it’s always a good feeling to see someone creating something fresh.’
What I love most about Thai cooking is that I am a part time chef, so I enjoy working at home.
My husband and I work at the same restaurant.
I don’t have to worry about finding a place to cook my food.’
There is so many restaurants to choose from.
I will never forget my first Thai restaurant and it was called Thai Kitchen.’
If I could have just had the best restaurant in the world, I would have done it.
But I also love Thai cooking.
I enjoy learning and I’m really passionate about Thai food.’