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In This Issue.... Welcome to Koh Chang’s original Dining and leisure guide. Here we tell you about some of the best places to eat and drink as well as where to go for luxurious spa & massage treatments. In addition we include a detailed Koh Chang Map, some recipes and some useful Koh Chang contacts. Enjoy!

Restaurants & Bars Paddy’s Palms......................6 15 Palms..................................7 Monkey’s...............................8 Jungle Queen........................9 Roast Chicken White Sand Beach.10

Amari Emerald Cove............11 The Beach Club....................12 Buddha View........................13 Ban Nuna..............................14 Golden Homestay...............15 Magic Garden.....................15 Rock Sand Resort..................19 Koh Chang Map...........16-17

Koh Chang

Spas Foot Reflexology.................20 Sivara Spa...........................23 Features/Information

Koh Chang Restaurants, Bars and Spas is published twice a year by White Sand Publications Company Limited, 222/12 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat 23170. All content copyright 2006-2011. All rights reserved. Issue 10, April 2011. Printed by: The Post Publishing Co. Ltd. We welcome your recommendations, comments and suggestions. If you wish to advertise or just to contact us see below. Telephone - 089 936 5621 - Thai Telephone - 081 919 8219 - English E-mail - info@whitesandsthailand.com Cover Photo: Courtesy of: www.kohchang-photographer.com.



Useful Contacts........................18 Recipe: Laap............................24 Sticky Rice............................26 Recipe: Gang Panang......27

www.whitesandsthailand.com


White Sand Beach

Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub & Resort



Paddy’s Palms has an excellent menu for all the family and is located just up the hill from White Sand Beach. The menu offers a wealth of classic pub dishes such as Irish stew, breakfasts, fish and chips and pies. Don’t forget to try the special Sunday roast. If these don’t fill you up then try one of their homemade desserts. Children’s and Thai menus are also available. Paddy’s offers draught Guinness and Kilkenny as well as a wide range of beers, spirits, ciders and cocktails. Live sports are shown on 8 big screens and there is a pool table, free Wi-Fi and table fussball. There is a car park behind the pub If you want to stay close to the action Paddy’s has a good value resort with swimming pool.

Details Opening Hours 7.30am to 12.30 - 1am House Wine Glass 120 Baht Corkage 300B Credit Cards Accepted Visa/MasterCard Vegetarian Dishes Selection Reservations Not required Telephone 039-619-085 Website www.paddyspalmspub.com Transport No

House Specialities ■ Paddy’s Palms Big Breakfast served all day - 245B ■ Fish & chips with bread, salad and tartar sauce - 275B ■ Irish Stew: Classic stew made with lamb and vegetables - 330B ■ Home-made Beef & Guinness pie - 255B ■ Sunday Roast: Roast lamb, beef or chicken - 275 – 325B (Sundays Only) ■ Apple Crumble - 120B

To Beach Chang Buri 7/11 Plaloma Resort

Top Resort

Directions for Taxi:

แพ‰ดดี้ส‹ ปาล‹ม หาดทรายขาว อยู‡ตรงขˆาม ท‰อป รีสอร‹ท


15 Palms

House Specialties (Daytime) ■ Full English Breakfast. 190B ■ Homemade burgers. 195 - 265B ■ Fettucini Carbonara. 240B House Specialties (Evening) ■ All you can eat Buffet includes starters, Seafood, BBQ & Thai food. 349B ■ Thai style whole sea bass. 275B ■ Mexican Fajitas. Spicy chicken served on a sizzling platter - 300B ■ Wood-Fired Pizzas - 220 – 310B

Details Opening Hours 8am to 1am House Wine Glass 120 Baht Corkage 300B Credit Cards Accepted Visa/MasterCard Vegetarian Dishes Selection Reservations Recommended in High Season Telephone 039 551 095 Website www.15palms.com Transport No

Police Box

Palm Garden Hotel

K.C. Resort

White Sand Beach

Open since 1999, 15 Palms is a beautiful beachside restaurant and bar located on White Sand Beach. You can relax in the comfortably furnished interior or watch the sea views from our beach terrace. 15 Palms has two menus. The Daytime menu has a large selection of breakfasts, sandwiches, Thai and Western food. The Evening menu has a delicious all you can eat buffet which includes starters, seafood, BBQ and Thai food, only 349 Baht! Other dishes on offer include a mouthwatering choice of pasta, pizza and Mexican food. A free wireless internet service is provided and a children’s menu is also available. Beachside and hotel rooms are also available.

Cookies Hotel

Cookies Hotel

Directions for Taxi:

รˆาน 15 ปาล‹ม หาดทรายขาว ตรงขˆาม ปาล‹มการ‹เดˆนท‹ โฮเทล อยู‡ติดกับแสงตะวัน รีสอร‹ท 




White Sand Beach

Monkey’s

Monkey’s Restaurant and Bar is a new place to dine and drink on White Sand Beach. They are centrally located at Grand View Plaza just opposite Ban Thai Resort. They offer indoor and outdoor seating in comfortable, contemporary surroundings. There is a comfy lounge area, bar seating and a pool table and the bar offers all kinds of ice-cold drinks and a tempting menu of delicious cocktails. Their menu gives you all kinds of interesting options with a focus on well-prepared classic international dishes as well as a selection of the classic Thai dishes. House Specialities ■ Bruschetta: tomato, feta and basil on a baked baguette - 100B ■ Greek Salad - 155B ■ Pizza baguettes - 110B-150B ■ Pasta Rustica: prawn & chicken with penne in cream sauce - 260B ■ Chicken breast (pictured) with asparagus, creamy mash and sage and onion butter- 210B ■ Swedish meatballs with red onion gravy and mashed potatoes - 185B ■ Beef fillet tenderloin surf and turf with cheese-topped prawn stuffed tomato, roast vegetables and fries - 395B



Details Opening Hours 9AM-1AM House Wine Glass 140B Corkage 200B Credit Cards Accepted No Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Not required

Telephone 087-941-9526 E-Mail

rsvn@banthaikohchang.com

Transport No

Alina Resort

Alina Resort

7-Eleven

Ban Thai Resort

Grand View Resort

Directions for Taxi:

มังค‹กี้ส อยูู‡ที่ แกรนด‹วิว พลาซ‡า ตรงขˆาม บˆานไท รีสอร‹ท หาดทรายขาว


Jungle Queen

House Specialities ■ Happy hour: From 10am to 8pm all beers are 50 Baht and all cocktails and spirits with mixers are 100B ■ Free WiFi internet access ■ Burgers, spring rolls and other bar snacks are available ■ Music requests are welcomed ■ Live sport on a big screen ■ Live music several nights a week

Details Opening Hours 10AM - Very late House Wine Glass 130B Cocktails 160B Free WiFi Yes Live Music Yes Telephone 080-0396-3693 Facebook

White Sand Beach

Established for four years Jungle Queen bar at Chow Lay Plaza has recently had a major refurbishment that has seen it double in size. There is now a stage and there is a live band most nights, check out their flyers for upcoming events. The bar is rapidly becoming White Sand Beach’s most popular late night watering hole since they open until very late. The bar has comfy seating as well as a pool table and a big sreen for sports. If you arrive any time before 8pm you will be able to enjoy very generous happy hour prices. Set back one block from the road Jungle Queen enjoys an atmosphere that is all it’s own. It is an easy place to find, being opposite Beautiful Optical and Grand View Resort, or just follow the beam from their powerful spotlight that lights up the night sky.

The Jungle Queen

Website

WWW.the-jungle-queen.com

Transport No Chow Lay Alina Resort

Alina Resort

7-Eleven

Beautiful Optical

Grand View Resort

Directions for Taxi:

จังเกิ้ล ควีน ( หาดทรายขาว ) อย‡ูที่ ดˆานใน แกรนด‹วิว พลาซ‡า ตรงขˆาม แกรนด‹วิว รีสอร‹ท 




White Sand Beach

Roast Chicken White Sand Beach

Roast Chicken gets its name from the delicious chickens that you can always see roasting away on their outdoor spit roast grill. The restaurant has been operating for several years and is a popular dining spot for locals and visitors alike. Typically Thai people will order these dancing chickens to be served with sticky rice and Som Tam, the famous spicy Thai salad - but of course you can enjoy them with anything on the menu that you wish. And the menu has a wide variety of classic Thai and Issan dishes at extremely reasonable prices. In fact menu items are so well priced that four people can enjoy a large meal, sharing dishes in the Thai fashion, for around 500 Baht. House Specialities ■ Whole Spit-Roast chicken with Thai herbs - 170B ■ Som Tam - 40B ■ Fried Chicken with Cashew Nut (gai pat med ma muang) - 90B ■ Chicken Panang Curry - 90B ■ Chicken Massaman Curry - 100B ■ Tom Yam Prawns - 90B

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Details Opening Hours 08.00-21.45 House Wine Glass 100B Corkage Free Credit Cards Accepted No Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Not required Telephone 086-816-2872 E-mail

sandy-on-beach16@hotmail.com

Free Pick-up? No

V-Mart Supermarket

Ban Pu Resort

Roast Chicken

Alina Resort

Alina Resort

Grand View Resort

Directions for Taxi: ร้านอาหาร ไก่หมุน อยู่ที่ หาดทรายขาวติดถนนอยู่ใกล้ธนาคาร นครหลวงไทย และ ร้านวีมาร์ค


Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Specialities: Just Thai ■ Pla trout thord krob: Crispy turmericmarinated trout with cucumber salad - 400B ■ Kanchieng poo neung song sort: Steamed crab claw with spicy lemongrass sauce - 350B ■ Nua yan muan “Just Thai”: Thin sliced Australian tenderloin rolled with fresh Thai herbs, vegetables and tamarind sauce - 280B Specialities: Sassi Italian Restaurant ■ Sea bass fillet in salt crust on green asparagus, cherry tomato and garlic - 390B ■ Grilled tiger prawns and calamari marinated with balsamic oil, orange segments and coriander - 330B ■ Seafood risotto with spicy tomato chilli broth - 240B

Details Opening Hours 18.00 -23.00 (Just Thai & Sassi) House Wine Glass 150B Corkage 400B Credit Cards Accepted All major cards accepted Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Recommended Telephone 0-3955-2000 Website www.amari.com/emeraldcove Free Pick-up? Yes, from all over the island.

Klong Prao Beach

Amari Emerald Cove offers a variety of enticing dining and leisure options. With tantalising Thai specialities in an intimately designed restaurant, Just Thai is a great place to try Thai cuisine or get reacquainted with some favourite dishes. Offering modern Italian cuisine in a vibrant setting, Sassi is a lively place to share an antipasti with friends or linger with a loved one over a bottle of wine from the extensive cellar. Baby chairs are available and babysitting is available upon request. Additionally The Cove Terrace International restaurant is open from 06.00 until 23.00. Have a romantic 5 course dinner on an isolated table on the beachfront or just enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset at the Pool Lounge. At The Breezes Bar you can enjoy live music and a great selection of cocktails as well as chilled beers and wines from the cellar. They currently have a “buy one get one free” happy hour from 21.00 to 23.00.

Dolphin Divers Koh Chang Dental

Grand Cabana

Directions for Taxi

รˆานอาหาร จัสท‹ไทย และ ซัสซิ ตั้งอยู‡ฺูใน อมารี เอมเมอรัลด์ โคฟ เกาะช้างเขˆาซอยขˆางรˆาน แว‡นตาท‰อปเจริญ

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Klong Son Beach

The Beach Club

The Beach Club is a waterfront restaurant beside Klong Son Beach in the exclusive Siam Royal View development. The restaurant is housed in an airy and tastefully decorated modern building beside a horizon swimming pool that diners are welcome to use. It is a great location for an afternoon meal accompanied by a swim and some beachside relaxation. Alternatively it is an atmospheric spot to watch the sun set or book in advance and come down for a delicious evening meal. Given the location prices are very reasonable and there are a large number of mouth-watering menu options. Classic Thai dishes are served as well as some interesting western selections such as Hungarian Goulash and a variety of pasta and risotto dishes. Fresh seafood is also a good choice and the Beach Club is one of very few places on the island that offer Swiss and even Thai Fondues.

House Specialities ■ Tuna Melt Sandwich - 180B ■ Fettuccine Pomadori - 190B ■ Hungarian Goulash - 290B ■ Swiss Cheese Fondue - 560B ■ Risotto Frutti Di Mare - 320B ■ Fondue Bourguignonne - 440B ■ Beef Lasagne - 240B ■ Tom Yam Goong - 150B ■ Shrimps with Thai Asparagus - 120B

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Details Opening Hours 8AM - 10PM House Wine Glass 80 Baht Corkage 400 Baht Credit Cards Accepted Yes Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Required for evenings Telephone 039-555-144, 089-474-4335 Website/E-mail www.siam-royal-view.com Transport No

To Klong Son Chinese Temple

Motorbike Shop

Siam Royal View

Directions for Taxi:

รˆานอาหาร เดอะบีชคลับ ตั้งอยู‡ูภายใน โครงการสยามรอยัลวิว เกาะชˆาง คลองสน เลี้ยวซˆายก‡อนถึงศาลเจˆาพ‡อเกาะชˆาง


Buddha View

House Specialities ■ Delicious Lobster Soup - 180B ■ Fresh Tiger Prawns with Garlic and Pepper or with Red Curry - 150B/piece ■ Chicken with cashew nut - 150B ■ Grilled or Deep Fried Barracuda Filet with a Choice of Sauces - 250B ■ Spaghetti Seafood - 295B ■ Tenderloin Steak with Steamed Vegetables - 320B ■ Our Famous Buddha Burger - 200B

Details Opening Hours 8AM-12PM House Wine Glass 120 Baht Corkage 200 Baht Credit Cards Accepted No Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Not required Telephone 039-558-157 Website www.thebuddhaview.com Transport No

7-Eleven

Bang Bao

The Buddha View offers you a breathtaking panaroma view. Located at the end of the pier in Bang Bao fishing village, the Buddha View stands for quality and comfort and is the special getaway for anybody who is yearning for peace and tranquility in a colourful environment amidst village life. Relax in the tropical surrounding with panoramic view of the ocean while enjoying authentic Traditional Thai cuisine or excellent European food. Catch the cool evening breeze with soft lounge music and Buddha beats and enjoy intriguing cocktails and ice cold drinks.

The Dive Adventure Bang Bao Pier Boats

Directions for Taxi:

บุดดะ วิว อยู‡ที่ท‡าเรือบˆานบางเบˆา ใกลˆกับปลายทางไปท‡าเรือ รˆานอาหารอยู‡ทางขวามือ

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Klong Prao Beach

Klong Prao Beach

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Lonely Beach

Lonely Beach 15


Useful Contacts Useful Numbers Directory Enquiries - Thai/English

Airlines 1133

Health & Medical Bangkok Clinic - Ko Chang

1719

Bangkok Hospital - Trat

039-532-735

Klong Prao Clinic

039-557-070

Koh Chang Hospital

039-521-657

Koh Chang Dental Clinic

039-557-235

Trat Hospital

039-511-040/1

Koh Chang Animal Hospital

089-042-2347

Police Immigration- Laem Ngop

039-597-261/5

Koh Chang Police - Dan Mai

039-551-544

Tourist Police

039-586-250

Useful Contacts

Lost/Stolen Credit Cards American Express

0-2273-0022

MasterCard (Toll Free)

001-800-11-887-0663

VISA (Toll Free)

001-800-11-535-0660

MasterCard/VISA

02-256-7326/7

Transport Trat Airport

039-525-767-8 , 1771

Centrepoint Ferry

039-538-196

Trat Bus Station / 999 Express

039-511-986

Koh Chang Ferry (Ao Thammachat)

039-518-588/9

Bus: 999 Express

089-752-5732

Bus: Cherdchai Tour (BKK , Trat)

02-391-2237

Bus: Tanakawee (Trat) Bus: SWB (Klong Son)

039-252-222 089-113-3490

Embassies & Consulates Australia Belgium Cambodia Canada

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02-515-9999

Air France

02-635-1191

Alitalia

02-634-1800

Bangkok Airways - Koh Chang

039-551-654

British Airways

02-627-1701

Air Canada

02-670-0400

Emirates

02-134-2918

Etihad

02-253-0099

Eva Air

02-269-6288

Gulf Air

02-254-7935

KLM

02-635-2300

Lufthansa

02-654-6800

Malaysian Airlines

02-263-0565

Qantas Airways

02-627-1701

Qatar Airways

02-259-2701

Singapore Airlines

02-353-6000

Swissair

02-204-7777

Thai Airways

02-356-1111

Local Services Tax Office Dan Mai

039-586-220

CAT

039-511-145

TOT

039-551-515

Electricity Office - Klong Son

039-555-060

Labour Office - Trat

039-530-843

National Park Koh Chang

039-555-080

Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) TAT Laem Ngop Office

1672 039-597-259/60

Fire Station

039-511-044

Hook Computing

081-949-1524

02-679-5454

UBC True

02-725-2525

02-957-5851-2 02-636-0541 02-343-1100

Finland

02-250-8801

France

02-266-8250-5

Italy

02-356-1111

Air Asia

02-287-2680

Denmark

Germany

Suvarnabhumi Airport

02-287-9000 02-285-4090/3

Indonesia

02-252-3135

Japan

02-696-3000

Laos

02-539-3642

Malaysia

02-629-6800

Netherlands

02-309-5200

Norway

02-204-6500

Singapore

02-286-2111

Spain

02-661-8284

Sweden

02-302-0360

Russia

02-234-9824

U.K

02-305-8333

U.S.A

02-205-4000

Vietnam

02-251-5835/8

Koh Chang Television

039-551-371

Website design

086-111-9967

Useful Numbers www.whitesandsthailand.com - Our website has a wealth of information about Koh Chang. www.kohchangnews.com - This Koh Chang news website is informative but is unfortunately only in Thai. www.iamkohchang.com - This site has up-to-date information on Koh Chang. www.tourismthailand.org - The Tourist Authority of Thailand's official website. www.booksthailand.com - A Koh Chang based book shop. Order Online and they will deliver to your hotel. www.bangkokpost.com - Thailand news at the website of the Bangkok Post newspaper. www.nationmultimedia.com - More Thailand and world news from The website of this Thai newspaper. www.thaivisa.com - This huge website/forum covers almost everything an expat could wish to know about living in Thailand.


Rock Sand Resort

Details Opening Hours 7am to 10pm House Wine Glass 100 Baht Corkage 200B Credit Cards Accepted No Vegetarian Dishes Yes Reservations Only on special BBQ nights Telephone 0847 810 550 Website www.rocksand-resort.com Transport No

White Sand Beach

If you haven’t been to The Terrace restaurant at Rock Sand you will have missed a unique Koh Chang experience. Take a romantic stroll on the beach along the surf. Enjoy a meal on The Terrace which hangs out over the sparkling ocean with beautiful sunsets in quiet and peaceful surroundings from 7am till 10 pm. The menu offers freshly cooked meals, from spicy Thai to steaks, homemade pizzas and french fries. A wide range of drinks, cocktails and different wines are served. Luxury and backpackers rooms at reasonable prices are available. Free Wi-Fi. Did you visit The Terrace at Rock Sand? Then you saw Koh Chang!

Police Box

House Specialties (Daytime) ■ Deep Fried Fish in 3 mixed sauces - 350B ■ Club Sandwich - 130B ■ Pizza Quattro Stagioni - 320B ■ Spaghetti Bolognese - 200B

K.C. 7-Eleven 15 Palms Resort

Directions for Taxi:

ร็อคแซนด‹ รีสอร‹ท หาดทรายขาว ลงรถที่ เค ซี รีสอร‹ท เดินเลียบชาย หาดทางฝั่งขวา ของ เค ซี รีสอร‹ท 19

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Foot Reflexology Massage

Foot Reflexology Massage

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Thai foot massage is one of the more common massage treatments on offer from the various spas and massage businesses on Koh Chang. Technically foot massage is part of an alternative medicine system known as reflexology. The principle underlying reflexology is the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that provide stimulus to all of the parts and internal organs of the body. The chart pictured below, versions of which can be seen outside massage shops all over Koh Chang, gives an indicator of which parts of the foot are thought to correspond to which parts of the body. Reflexology massage does not use any oil but maintains that by simply massaging and stimulating the reflex points corresponding to a particular organ or part of the body the circulation and general health of that organ can be improved. As with many alternative medical therapies the opinion of mainstream medical science is that the benefits of reflexology are far from proven with many studies showing no positive effects from reflexology treatments, although a few medical studies have seemed to show positive results. Reflexology therapists, however, always recommend reflexology treatments as a compliment to and never a replacement for conventional medicine. And all of the above is missing one of the most important things about foot massages. They are incredibly relaxing and feel fantastic. So there is a school of thought that suggests that you should forget about all the debate and just go and treat yourself to a foot massage. If it improves your health then that’s a bonus, if it doesn’t, so what, it still feels great!


Sivara Spa

Treatment Special Offers ■ Buy 60 get 90: Any 60 minute massage purchased will receive an extra 30 minutes with our compliments ■ Buy 1 package, get another free: Great for couples and excellent value; popular packages include the Mantara Package (2.5 hrs of goodness for your skin comprising of a body scrub, a body wrap and a facial), and the Sarada Package (2 hrs comprising of a choice of massage and facial)

Details Opening Hours 11am-8pm Credit Cards Accepted All major cards accepted Bookings Recommended Telephone 039-55-2000 Website www.amari.com/ emeraldcove/sivara-spa.aspx Free Pick-up? Yes, from all over the island. Address Sivara Spa at Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang, 88/8 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang

Klong Prao Beach

Sivara Spa at Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang is a tranquil sanctuary away from the busy world back home. Set beside the resort’s oceanfront spot on secluded Klong Prao beach, the spa features private suites with lovely views of the Gulf of Thailand and elegantly modern Thai design details, such as en-suite bathtubs and sophisticated wooden furnishings. Sample one of the many massage therapies, such as an ancient Thai massage or a Mind Relaxing massage. Though the body scrubs might sound good enough to eat, with ingredients like chocolate, lavender, honey, and wasabi, resist the temptation and let your skin feel refreshed and restored to its natural youthful glow. Either separately or in combination with a body scrub, coccoon yourself in healing botanicals and minerals with a body wrap, featuring natural recipes that use Moroccan red clay, Dead Sea clay, algae or royal lotus root in their concoctions. For a truly divine experience, try one of our spa packages or signature treatment rituals and find total mind, body, and soul relaxation and rejuvenation. Also available are a variety of beauty treatments including manicure and pedicure services.

Dolphin Divers Koh Chang Dental

Grand Cabana

Directions for Taxi

ศิวราสปา ตั้งอยู่ใน อมารี เอมเมอรัลด์ โคฟ เกาะช้าง เข้าซอยข้างแว่นตาท็อปเจริญ

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Recipe: Laap

Recipe: Laap

There are as many ways of spelling this classic North-eastern Thai (Issan) dish as there are variations in the recipe. You can find it featuring on different menus as Larp, Laab, Larb and probably a host of other ways. Basically Laap (as we’ll call it here) is a spicy minced meat salad. The dish is commonly made with pork, beef, chicken or fish and often a little offal such as liver is added to make the flavour more robust. For our recipe below we’ll use pork and chicken liver but all of the other versions are worth experimenting with. Ingredients ground roasted rice shallots, thinly sliced fresh lime juice minced pork sliced chicken livers roasted dried chilli powder water (or chicken stock) nam pla fish sauce long leaf coriander, shredded mint & coriander leaves salt & pepper Method

1 tablespoon 3 3 tablespoons 150 gms 100 gms 1/4 tablespoon (or to taste) 3 tablespoons 2 tablespoons 1 tablespoon handfull pinches

1 - First heat the water or stock until just boiling and add a pinch of salt and pepper. 2 - Now add the meat, heat to a simmer and stir for a few minutes until just cooked. 3 - Season with the chilli, lime juice and nam pla. 4 - Then mix in the herbs and the sliced shallots. 5 - Lastly sprinkle with the roasted rice and stir in to bind. Serving Laap is typically served with an accompaniment of chilled raw vegetables such as sliced cucumber, long beans and eggplants. It is also good with sticky rice, especially if you are eating it as a main meal instead of a snack. You can also serve with other Issan dishes such as the famous spicy Papaya salad, Som Tam and Moo or Nuea Dat Diow, delicious strips of dried and deep-fried Pork or Beef.

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Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice

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Sticky rice (known as Khao Niao in Thai) is eaten as a staple in the Northern and North-Eastern “Issan” regions of Thailand. It is a hardy plant that grows well on the mountainous hillsides of the north and it requires much less water to grow than regular rice. Sticky rice has a very high starch content and if it were to be prepared by boiling in water the grains would lose their individual cohesion and the result would be a kind of sticky mush. Instead sticky rice is prepared by soaking the uncooked grains in water for a few hours and then by placing in an enclosed, usually wicker, container over a pot of boiling water and steaming. The result is a cooked rice that whilst it has the adhesive exterior typical of sticky rice, keeps the individual rice grain shape. Sticky rice is served alongside a meal in a conical wicker basket. One of the advantages of this serving technique is that it does away with the need for cutlery. The best way to eat sticky rice is to pull a lump off the main mass and roll it into a little ball. This can then be used to dip into either a spicy sauce or to dip into main dishes such as laap. It’s a pretty entertaining way to eat and is far less messy than you might imagine. Khao Niao is grown in many countries in South-East Asia and is by far the most consumed rice in Laos. It has a very long heritage as well, having found to have been used in the construction of the mortar in the walls of the historical temples of Xian in China and, it is believed, in the Great Wall of China itself. These days you can find sticky rice served all over Thailand in restaurants that offer or specialise in North-Eastern cuisine. Sticky rice flavoured and sweetened with coconut milk is also eaten as part of Thai dessert dishes such as sweet sticky rice and mango.


Recipe: Gang Panang Gang Panang This is one of the famous Thai curries. This dish has a rich creamy sauce thickened by coconut milk. You can purchase the curry pastes in most large supermarkets back home, or why not take some home with you as a souvenir of your holiday in Thailand? You can serve the dish with plain boiled rice, adding a fried egg on top enhances the experience, or put it together with other dishes as part of a larger Thai meal.

2 - Now add the Green Beans, Chilli, Carrots and Lime Leaves and fry for a minute or two (longer if you prefer the vegetables to be softer but we think that crunchy vegetables make for a more interesting final dish). Then add a drizzle of water and fry for two more minutes. 3 - Next add the Coconut Milk, Oyster Sauce, Nam Pla, sugar and a little water and boil over a higher heat for about two minutes. And that’s it. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe: Gang Panang

Ingredients Meat 100 gms. Carrot thinly sliced Quarter Green Beans: 2cm pieces 50 gms. Large Red Chilli chopped Quarter 4-6 Kaffir Lime Leaves torn into large pieces Oil for frying 2 Tbs. Prik Gang Curry Paste Teaspoon Prik Gang Panang Paste 1 Tbs. Coconut Milk 10-20 ml.

Preparation 1 - Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and add the meat together with the two chilli pastes. Stir-fry over a medium heat for about three minutes or until the meat begins to brown.

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RESTAURANT

BAR

GUESTHOUSE

Bang Bao Fishing Village T. +66 (0)3 955 81 57 info@thebuddhaview.com F. +66 (0)3 955 81 58 www.thebuddhaview.com 28 Moo 1 Bang Bao Pier • Ko Chang • Trat 23170 • Thailand

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free WIFI The Buddha View changed his logo out of respect for Thai Culture.

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