Out and about in Phuket, we recently heard about the Organic Herb Garden at the Manathai Surin Phuket. The signature restaurant at Manathai Surin Phuket has added an extra authentic flavour to the menu with home grown ingredients planted and picked from the resort’s very own organic garden
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“My colleagues and I noticed an unused outdoor area alongside the guest rooms at the resort and started looking into plants that could be grown in the shade without the need for much space,” said Chef Satra. “Herbs are essential in Thai cuisine and our guests enjoy fresh flavours so it made sense to grow our own.”
Executive Chef Khun Satra at the Manathai Surin Phuket
The herbs – basil, sweet basil, chilli, mint, and lemongrass – are harvested for use in traditional recipes at Pad Thai restaurant, where Executive Chef Khun Satra uses them as the essential ingredients for classic dishes such as tom yum gung (Sour & Spicy Lemongrass Shrimp Soup).
The quintessential ingredient in many Thai dishes is chilli, while another favourite taste is sweet basil, a central ingredient in Thai classics such as pad kra pow gai (stir-fried basil with chicken).
Basil also imparts its distinctive aroma to dishes like the ever-popular gaeng kiow wan (green curry). Then there is lemongrass, a key ingredient in perennial favourites such as tom kha gai (coconut soup with chicken), while fresh mint leaves are also infused into various soups and curries.
Then there is lemongrass, a key ingredient in perennial favourites such as tom kha gai (coconut soup with chicken), while fresh mint leaves are also infused into various soups and curries.
“Most of the Thai dishes we serve at Pad Thai Restaurant now contain one or more fresh ingredients from the herb garden,”
added K. Udom, the resort’s food and beverage manager.
“We also use the mint in our MANATHAI Mojitos, which guests particularly enjoy at sunset by the pool.” .
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A selection of Thai herbs and vegetables.
Thai vegetables, herbs and spices
Thai basil with flowers