Sunday, 28 September 2008

Health Benefits of Thai Food

Dining in the UK is, like so many aspects of modern life, sometimes a compromise. In days gone by, when gender roles conformed to long-established stereotypes, a housewife would prepare a full, cooked meal for the family to share in the evening. These days, when it is more likely that both partners in a relationship will have careers, time is at a premium and many begrudge time spent cooking after a busy day at work. Consequently, takeaway food and restaurant meals account for a larger part of our diet then ever before.

While many of us avoid the kind of fast food that we consider to be junky American imports, such as burgers and greasy fried chicken, we do not seem to be so aware of the health aspects of other cuisines which, although established, are also relative newcomers to our shores.

Health in diet and lifestyle is a modern obsession. We shy away from overdoing the very obvious unhealthy foods. We limit our intake of cakes, sweets, chips, but we are less wary of eating Indian and Chinese restaurant meals or takeaways – perhaps several times a week – even though, at the back of our minds, we know that these are often as full of fat, sugar and salt as the more obvious junk foods.

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Friday, 12 September 2008

Fresh Thai sweets now available

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You can now purchase these wonderfully tasty Thai sweets. They are freshly made in Thailand and imported in on a weekly basis.

These include:-

Kanom Chan, Layered Dessert: A steamed coconut layer rice cake eaten cold, cut into cubes. This keeps for a week or two in the frigde and can be made well ahead of time.

Kanom Luk Chub, Sweet Beans: Kanom luk chub are marzipan-like sweets made from a paste of steamed green beans mixed with thick coconut milk, sugar and water.

Khanom Kluay, Banana Pudding: Steamed banana pudding with coconut. As with many dishes in Thailand, this is less sweet than western desserts, making it quite a healthy dessert to eat.

Med Kanoon, Jackfruit seed in syrup: Made of mixture of mung bean or taro, coconut cream, sugar and egg yolk (Duck egg). Formed in an oval shape and dipped in egg yolk (Duck egg).

Thong Yip, Picking Gold: Thong Yip is popularly made on propitious occasions since its name begins with the word 'thong' which means gold and the Thais believe that gold, which symbolizes fame and wealth, will bring good luck to them.

Thong Yod, Golden Rain Drops: Thong Yod is an ancient Thai dessert served in auspicious ceremonies. It is in a popular family of desserts consisting of 'Thong' (meaning 'Gold') in their names.