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Love Thai cuisine and looking for the real deal? I suggest you head to Café Isan. Tucked away in a quiet nook of JLT, this casual ‘café’ pays tribute to the authentic cooking style of the Isan region. Isan is the North Eastern province of Thailand, and any true connoisseur of Thai cuisine will tell you that their dishes differ quite radically from conventional Thai. I find Isan cuisine to be more authentically Thai; unabashedly spicy and brimming with the aromatic scent of traditional herbs, their dishes also tend to be less creamy, allowing for more flavor exploration without being blanketed in a douse of coconut cream.
At Café Isan, the popular Som Tum (Papaya Salad) comes with the traditional salted black crab. Dare you to have it ‘Thai hot’! From their curries, I suggest their Keow Wan Goong, a very flavorful coconut milk based seafood curry featuring jumbo prawns and enhanced with sweet basil. Or try their signature Colonel’s Beef Soup, an intensely flavorful noodle soup that takes an entire day to make and is exclusively available at Café Isan.
Cafe Isan: JLT Lakefront Icon 1 Building, Cluster M 04 453 5269
PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK
Assam is probably the least discovered state of India in terms of cuisines. My family originates from Assam, and growing up, out of India all my life, I am ashamed to admit I cannot cook more than a dish or two that is truly Assamese. However, I am proud to say we have an Assamese Cuisine star in the family! Meet Sharmin Pasha, Dubai resident and founder of the very popular Facebook page ‘Assamese Cuisine & Recipes’. With over 50K followers worldwide subscribing to her authentic recipes and stunning photography, Sharmin has become a global ambassador on the cuisines of her roots and is also a weekly recipe contributor on Assam Tribune. Do check out her page.
Tezzy’s Quick & Easy Satay Sauce
Love satay sauce? Here’s a cheat’s way of making it in under 5 minutes!
- 2 to 4 Thai red chilies, chopped
- 4 to 6 mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 pod of garlic
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon dark soya sauce
- 4 heaped tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
Mash together the first three ingredients with a mortar and pestle. Mix together with fish sauce, soya sauce and the peanut butter. Serve as a dip.
The Thai may have pretty hot curries, but did you know that, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s hottest chili is India’s ‘Bhoot Jolokia’? Translating to ‘Ghost Chili’ this fiery beauty guarantees to take the ‘ghost’ out of its eater and originates from Assam.