Thai Kitchen Confidential: Mango Tree Reveals Milan Expo ‘Taste Of Thailand’ Pop-Up Menu, Promises Month Of Cuisine, Culture And Cooking Shows
Thai culinary lifestyle group Mango Tree Worldwide has released its tasting menu and cooking demonstration programme to whet appetites for its first-ever pop-up restaurant, a ‘Taste of Thailand by Mango Tree’, which will run from August 18 – September 14, 2015 at EXPO 2015 in Europe’s unofficial food capital, Milan.
‘Taste of Thailand by Mango Tree’ is an initiative of Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion via its Thai Trade Center Milan to showcase Thai cuisine at the food-themed EXPO 2015. Mango Tree Worldwide has been selected to represent the nation’s cuisine on the world’s grandest stage and to deliver an authentic Thai experience, creating a pop-up restaurant for a month at La Rinascente, Milan’s most historic department store.
Northern delight: Crisp and aromatic Kow Soi Nuea offers a taste of Thailand’s northermost provinces.
From August 18th to September 14th, 2015, Mango Tree brings the true Thai spirit to Bar della Rina, which has been transformed with artistic minimalism and for the next month will offer a special Thai menu with a wide variety of specialties from the nation’s four regions (Central, North, North-east and South), as well as cooking demonstrations and classes and even some Thai-inspired mixology creations by Mango Tree.
Mango Tree founder and CEO Pitaya Phanphensophon said the excitement was building amongst the Mango Tree team and he was confident the pop-up would be a success and do Thailand proud. “It is looking very cool and I can’t wait to serve up some of our creations and Thai classics in one of the world’s most popular cities,” he said.
The menu is divided into ‘Small Plate’ and ‘Main Dish’ offerings, with the former including Som Tum Apple Goong Sod (Green apple, fresh prawn, cherry tomato, peanut, chili-lime dressing); Yum Makuer Kai Luak (Grilled Aubergine Salad with soft boiled egg, lime, chili paste, fresh thai herbs; Soong Thong Ped (Roast Duck Springroll with spicy hoisin sriracha sauce), Nam Tok Nuea (Chargrilled Beef Brisket with Isan tamarind dressing, fresh thai herbs), Satay Gai (Grilled turmeric chicken skewers, cucumber, peanut sauce).
Creative twist: Yum Apple Goong Sod is a new Mango Tree creation destined to become a classic, complementing fresh prawns with a refreshing apple salad.
Main Dishes imparting a Taste of Thailand by Mango Tree include Pad Thai Goong (Stir Fried Rice Noodle with Prawns, sweet tamarind sauce, bean sprouts, peanuts), Chiangmai Kow Soi Nuea (Northern-style Yellow Curry Noodle, braised beef brisket, yellow curry, crispy noodles); Gai Yang (Roast Chicken, Marinated spring chicken, Thai herbs, Isan tamarind dipping sauce); Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai (Spring Chicken Green Curry, Sweet Thai basil, Thai eggplant, jasmine rice); Gaeng Phed Ped (Duck Confit Red Curry with cherry tomato, basil, apricot, pineapple, jasmine rice); Massamun Nuea (Braised Beef Brisket Massamun-style).
Italian connection: Massamun, the mild, sweet curry with melt-in-your-mouth meat is a Southern Thailand staple, given extra oomph by Mango Tree’s Ossabucco inspiration.
Signature Mango Tree cocktails with a taste of Siam include Amethyst Jito (roselle & butterfly pea oolong tea, rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, soda); White Pearl Gin Tonic (jasmine rice white tea, white pearl tea, gin, tonic water); Tom Kha Siam (vodka, coconut liqueur, lychee, lychee juice, lime juice, red chil, kaffir lime), Aperol Cocktail (aperol, vodka, lemon juice, orange juice, mango juice), Roselle Mocktail (roselle & butterfly pea oolong tea, cranberry juice, elder flower syrup, lemon juice).
Mango Tree managing director Trevor MacKenzie.
Mango Tree spokesperson and managing director Trevor MacKenzie said a mix of tradition, modern spirit and a creative twist would intrigue and delight Expo visitors and Milan residents, with whimsical touches including a dedicated area for a graphic Mango Tree with removable leaves which visitors can take home, offering facts on ingredients, flavours and facts about Thai cooking.
“In the bigger picture, and looking ahead to after EXPO 2015, we are confident the new friends we make and new fans our brand wins will help in our strategic objective of introducing Thai cuisine on a more permanent basis in the European Union,” Mr MacKenzie said.
He said the weekend cooking demonstrations would be a highlight, with fascinating secrets and handy tips on how to create some classic and some creatively tweaked Thai dishes. “This will be great fun and very educational too,” Mr MacKenzie said.
Chef Kate Phann and the Mango Tree team will lift the lid on the secrets of the following dishes each weekend from 5.00pm – 6.00pm:
SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST:
Aubergine Lui Suan (Aubergine Spicy Salad with Thai Herbs)
SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST:
Yum Mamuang (Thai Mango Salad)
SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST:
Larb Beef On Baby Romaine (Spicy Ground Beef on Baby Romaine)
SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST
Som Tum Green Apple Prawns (Spicy Green Apple Salad with Prawns)
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Yum Grapefruit with Chicken (Grapefruit Spicy Salad with Shredded Chicken)
SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Plah Crispy Tofu (Spicy Lemongrass Salad with Crispy Tofu)
SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
Yum Woon Sen with Watermelon (Vermicelli Salad with Watermelon)
SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
Goong Chae Nam Pla with seafood sauce (Raw Prawns in Fish Sauce)
La Rinascente, where Taste of Thailand by Mango Tree is located, overlooks the Duomo, an elaborate Gothic masterpiece hailed as the world’s most beautiful cathedral and one of its biggest, begun in 1386 and not completed until 1965. La Rinascente, flagship of the chain of stores acquired by Thailand’s Central Group in 2011, has a 150-year-old pedigree of its own; its 7th floor food market and terrace is renowned as a gourmet paradise, offering show-stopping views of the soaring spires of the Duomo.
With Milan’s food-focused EXPO 2015 just launched and the New York Times picking Milan as its number one place to visit in 2015, over 20 million visitors are expected between now and its October conclusion.