These jellies are flavoured and coloured with the leaf of the screwpine tree otherwise known as Pandan or in Thai by toei. The beautiful fruit of this tree resemble the layers of the earth.
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A pudding for breakfast! Heaven indeed. This beautiful black sticky rice can be soaked overnight and cooked with coconut and palm sugar the next morning for a unique start to the day. Why not serve for New Years Day breakfast?
Kick off the New Year with a bowl of lucky noodles to symbolise long life. These ones are made of rice flour. Unlike most other Thai food, noodles are eaten with chopsticks. Both noodles and chopsticks are clear Chinese influences. Known as kuaitiao in Thai which is a direct loan from Teochew. As a child in rural Thailand a steaming bowl of this was a healthy and nutritious lunch and I can’t smell it or taste it without going back there.
Tea made from this beautiful fruit is both healthy and delicious. There is a legend about Queen Victoria offering a reward of 100 pounds sterling to anyone who could deliver to her the fresh fruit. This is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘Queen of fruit.’ The journalist and gourmand R. W. Apple, Jr. once said of the fruit, “No other fruit, for me, is so thrillingly, intoxicatingly luscious…I’d rather eat one than a hot fudge sundae, which for a big Ohio boy is saying a lot.
Ice cream makers not needed for this healthy beautiful colourful treat. In Vietnam watermelon seeds are consumed as a New Year snack.
Pork tender loin lends itself to what is known as the Indian date or Ma Kaam in Thai. In the west tamarind is found in Worcester sauce. Petchaboon in northern Thailand honours this fruit with a yearly festival from January 17th to 25th when farmers sell their ware at local markets. Some Hindus may marry a tamarind tree to a mango tree before eating its fruit! Peanuts add texture and lime brings out the full sourness of the dish. Recipe on its way!