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The Peninsula Hotels Launches “Tastefully Thai,” A Global Showcase Of Authentic Thai Cuisine, Culture, Art And Wellness

March 21, 2015 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

PBK_Tastefully Thai_Spicy Lemongrass and Brittany Blue Lobster (2)The Peninsula Hotels is supporting the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new global tourism promotion campaign by launching “Tastefully Thai”. This exciting three-month showcase will encourage leisure and business visitors to experience the unique charms of The Peninsula Bangkok and the Land of Smiles by presenting the very best of Thai cuisine, culture, art and wellness.

From March to June 2015, each Peninsula hotel around the world will be bedecked with fragrant floral decorations inspired by Thai traditions. Guests can savour special menus created by The Peninsula’s expert Thai chefs, plus Thai-themed afternoon teas, turndown treats and spa treatments, including The Peninsula’s new signature Simply Peninsula Royal Thai massage. Hotel guests will also be invited to support the Elephant Parade charity, the world’s largest exhibition of decorated elephant statues that raises funds for elephant conservation projects in Thailand.

Highlights of the “Tastefully Thai” season at The Peninsula hotels include:

Thai Chef Week. Two of The Peninsula’s renowned Thai chefs are taking the nation’s exquisite spicy, sweet, salty and sour flavours worldwide. Chamnan Thepchana, Chef of Thai Cuisine at The Peninsula Bangkok, and Chef Anuwat “Nu” Morakotjantachote, Executive Sous Chef at The Peninsula Chicago, will visit each Peninsula hotel for one week to treat diners to authentic Thai cooking with a contemporary twist. Some of the home-style dishes are based on recipes passed down across the centuries by royal palace cooks, including Kang Keaw Wan Gai (fresh chicken in
green curry) – a Thai take using Michelin-starred chefs’ favourite ingredient, organic French “Bresse” chicken. Replacing river prawns with deep-sea Carabineros shrimps from the Mediterranean adds an extrarichness of flavour to Pad Thai Kai Hor (stir-fried rice noodles with shrimps), while seafood connoisseurs will be tantalised by Tom Yum Goong (spicy and sour soup with seafood and lemongrass), a signature soup that uses The Peninsula’s own recipe enhanced by highly prized Brittany Blue lobsters instead of shrimps.

Chef Chamnan counts almost 20 years of Thai culinary expertise since beginning his career at The Sukhothai Bangkok. He later worked in the Thai restaurants of some of Thailand’s finest five-star hotels. In 2006, he joined The Peninsula Bangkok as Chef de Partie, and was soon promoted to Chef of Thai Cuisine at Thiptara Thai Restaurant. Authentic Thai cuisine specialist Chef Nu has worked at prestigious restaurants across the United States, including Tuk Tuk Thai Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, Florida. In 2004, he joined The Peninsula Chicago, and as Executive Sous Chef he oversees all of the hotel’s restaurants. Chef Nu has
received many distinguished awards, including the Médaille d’Honneur de Vermeil from the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, and prepared a welcome reception for the Princess of Thailand.

The Thai Chef Tour starts at The Peninsula Beijing, between 16 and 22 March, before stopping off in Shanghai, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, and culminating at The Peninsula Manila from 20 to 26 May.

Signature Spa Indulgence. Thailand is a haven of oriental wellness excellence, and guests at each Peninsula Spa can refresh and rejuvenate body and mind with a Simply Peninsula Royal Thai Massage. Launching on 24 March and a first for a hotel group, The Peninsula Hotels have partnered with the celebrated Wat Pho temple, home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools, where Peninsula therapists are taught traditional Thai massage in an exclusive teaching programme. This holistic treatment is a signature feature of the new Peninsula Wellness global initiative, which also establishes The Peninsula Spa in Bangkok as the base for training Peninsula spa therapists from across the world. Each Peninsula Spa will also serve a Thai-inspired Naturally Peninsula dish and fragrant lemongrass tea.

Thai-inspired Afternoon Tea. The world-famous Peninsula Afternoon Tea receives a mouthwatering South East Asian makeover, with Thai-inspired sweet pastries and savoury delicacies accompanied by traditional Thai iced tea.
Turndown Treats. Thailand’s tropical fruit flavours are the inspiration for sumptuous turndown treats in each guest room, including mango sticky rice and mango macarons.

Elephant Parade at The Peninsula. The colourful collection of elephant statues displayed at each hotel will thrill guests of all ages. Created by artists from around the world for the Elephant Parade charitable programme, each statue is a unique work of art and exhibitions are held in different cities.

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After each exhibition, statues are auctioned to take home with part of the proceeds donated to elephant conservation projects in Thailand. The Elephant Parade’s flagship store is located at The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Hotels are proud to partner with the charity for the upcoming Elephant Parade in Bangkok in December 2015. “Tastefully Thai” at The Peninsula Bangkok. Located beside the Chao Phraya River in the heart of the Thai capital, The Peninsula Bangkok combines true Peninsula luxury with sophisticated Thai charm. Between 24 March and 30 June, a special three-night package, priced from THB 29,000++, offers a daily buffet breakfast at River Café & Terrace and the “Senses of Thainess” Peninsula Academy programme. A full day of magical Thai culture features a fun ride in a tuk-tuk to explore Thailand’s most renowned flower market, a visit to the Museum of Siam to learn about the history of Thailand and its people, and sampling of the capital’s famous Thai street food. A long-tail boat
ride along the Chao Phraya River showcases all the elements that make life along the river uniquely beautiful. After visiting an orchid farm and a sacred temple, a signature Thai massage at The Peninsula Spa completes this truly tasteful Thai journey.

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