Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Loy Krathong in Rama V

Some events are so vivid in your mind, so much so you think you've already written about it, because the script is probably still in the brains' IN folder, so much so, when asked, you insist you've posted about it ages ago. Then, to your abject horror, you search your blog, and zilch, there was no such entry.

This happened recently, when my favourite restauranter Andre of Rama V, told me that he was looking for my post, and I dismissed as him being unable to navigate through blogspot. The strangest thing is, I could've sworn I remember editing the pictures, and even writing the post. Oh well, it is one of those great mysteries of life, not helped by the degenerating grey matter and old age.

Sometime in November last year I was invited to the Loy Krathong celebrations in Rama V. Loy means to float, and krathong refers to the beautifully handcrafted lotus shaped boats that are lit up and set afloat in the water. It is a beautiful ceremony but is made even better when there is feasting and drinking involved, as is always the case when invited by two suave owners of Rama V. (Andre and Danny).

The event is a gala event, with big sponsors, and grand prizes. Alcohol flows freely and a special menu is put together for this special Thai festival.

To start with, the gorgeous blue flower lotus dumpling, with money bag and spring roll.

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The pomelo chicken & prawn salad served in banana blossom is particularly lovely, and has a lovely tang to it. Now, I am not sure if these items are on the regular menu, but if you book ahead, I am sure the chef can indulge you.

A very festive air prevails, aided of course by the spirited beverages that were circulating freely. Dinner is interspersed with lucky draws from the sponsor. Our table did pretty well, as on of us one a bottle of bubbly, while Pure Glutton & Mr Pure Glutton won a RM500 dining voucher. Grumble grumble envy envy.

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Pure Glutton & Mr holding up their RM500 prize.

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You'd think you'd have tasted every conceivable pumpkin soup by the time you're 46, but this rendition of Roasted Pumpkin soup had a nice twist, with pistachios, lemon & seafood. I loved this dish, but again, I don't think it's available on the regular menu, so do order ahead.

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Kung Manow Woon Sen - or in English, Steamed River Prawn with glass noodle. The prawn, despite the large number of guests, was steamed to perfection, and was fresh, and crisp, and could have been swimming in the Chao Praya just moments before for all I know.

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Roasted Duck Curry With Japanese Sticky Rice. Loved the presentation. The curry itself is the red duck curry, but serving it this way certainly enhances the senses.

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We are summoned to the lotus pond outside for the highlight of the night...

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The main event, which entails the lighting of the kratong, and floating it. I guess you are supposed to make a wish, not unlike floating oranges on chap goh mei for desperate spouse searchers.

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It is a beautiful sight to see the pond illuminated with the floating fairy lights.

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A particularly poignant moment as the true blooded Thai staff of Rama V come out from the kitchen to reverently place the Krathongs.

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And finally, back into the comforts of airconditioning, dessert, a trio of Winter, Spring and Summer. Rubied water chestnut in coconut ice shavings, kuih taco and mango with sticky rice. All very exotic, all very in keeping with the event.

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The chef and other Thai staff take the stage.

Rama V is really one of my favourite Thai restaurants. Innovative menus constantly churned out, fabulous ambience, and fantastic owners who really go the extra mile to make sure the customers feel taken care of. Thanks so much Andre and Danny for letting us share in this memorable occasion.

3 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

gawd! kicking myself for missing this! think it was year end right? not it town laaaaaa ... fab shots FBB.

So, did u sing.. loy loy loykrathonggggggg ?

HAPPY LEAP YEAR AHPA!!!!!

Julian Si said...

Don't know about suave, but Danny and Andre are cool fellas lar. Hahaaa :-)

We too love Rama V, and your review is excellent (as always) ... I agree, most special moment must have been the "heros in the kitchen" coming out and celebrating the special event.

Happy Loy Krathong ... Loy Loy Krathong!!

Ceaning Office said...

THe dessert looks irresistible ! Funny name - Winter, Spring and Summer. Wheres autumn> ? :)