We are so lucky here on the island of Phuket to have access to fresh coconuts. Lots of them. Coconuts not only feature in many local Thai dishes but they also have numerous health benefits according to some health practitioners. Whether you are drinking yours from Makro or on the side of the street you are doing your body a huge favour, here is The Thaiger’s Top Ten benefits of drinking coconut water….
1. They are Delicious
There is nothing more satisfying than cracking open a crisp and cold young coconut and drinking it’s delicious water, especially on one of our super hot, energy sapping tropical days.
2. Can assist with your Weight Loss Program
Coconut water has so many benefits that aid weight loss that I could write a top ten reasons why it promotes weight loss on its own. Full of bioactive enzymes the water helps with your digestions and boosts fat breakdown, it is also very high in potassium, like bananas, which helps balance salt in our bodies. Low in calories it is almost as good as a trip to the gym!
3. Rehydrates Your Body
Many athletes on the island reach for a coconut water as soon as they have finished their work out, as they are full of electrolytes, it helps rehydrate the body after excessive sweating from exercising.
4. Makes you look better on the outside as well
We are raving about the benefits of drinking coconut water but don’t forget the water, oil and flesh can be used on the outside of our bodies to help maintain younger looking skin and healthy and shinny hair as well as reducing inflammation.
5. Might help Reduce that Hangover
We are blessed on our tropical island to have an abundance of fresh coconuts at our fingertips. Not only are they a low calorie and low fat beverage, but they also provide important electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium which helps fights off the fuzzy effects.
6. Blood Sugar Regulation
One of the most important things that we should strive to achieve is to regulate our blood sugar. Peaks and troughs in our diet reflect in our energy levels and weight management. Coconut water has dietary fibre as well as amino acids which may help to regulate these peaks and troughs and improve our balance of insulin. Diabetic people are encouraged to drink coconut water daily to improve circulation, therefore reducing numbness in the body (if you are diabetic you should consult your healthcare professional before altering your diet).
7. May assist with the impact of migraines
Unfortunately I am a sufferer of migraines, they are deliberating and very frustrating to try and overcome, dark rooms are the obvious choice, but add coconut water to your list of possible remedies. Not only will the water help with your dehydration but it is rich in magnesium, which studies show many people who suffer from migraines have low levels of.
8. Full of Electrolytes and Antioxidants
We have already stressed the importance of the electrolytes in coconut water for your body, but coconut water also contains high levels of antioxidants. These may help the body fight off nasty free radicals, and lowers and even prevents you from diseases.
9. Low Calorie and Low Fat Drink
Next to water, coconut water is one of the most beneficial beverages you may consume. Not only as it is low calorie and low fat, but also for its antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals all of which help boost your bodies well being.
10. Lowers Blood Pressure
In our hectic lives, balancing families, work and social lives, many of us suffer from high blood pressure. With its high levels of magnesium and potassium, coconut water is rated as one of the best natural remedies to reduce blood pressure.
PLEASE NOTE: The health benefits of coconuts, whilst widely circulated and supported by many health professionals, are not a supplement for proper medical advice and guidance when it comes to diet and assistance for problems like high or low blood pressure, migraines or the regulation of blood pressure.
Na-Oh, taking off daily into a brand new culinary adventure
PHOTOS: The Nation | Na-Oh
A restaurant with a theme, a grand gothic theme – a flying vessel taking survivors of a post-apocalyptic world to a safe zone.
Na-Oh (a play on Noah and his journey-to-safety story) promises that its menu will constantly change to reflect a new theme set by the restaurant every three or four months, usually reflective of the various destinations the ‘journey’ will take you.
This flight of fancy is an old Lockheed L10-11, an 80s domestic flyer in the US now re-imagined as a restaurant in Bangkok’s Thonburi district as part of the Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market, on the west side of the Chao Phraya.
The 55 metre, 150 tonne former jet that’s been permanently parked at ChangChui since 2017 is finally whisking passengers off on culinary adventures.
Formerly flying for Thai Sky Airlines fleet, the L10-11 was about to be scrapped when Somchai, the celebrated clothing designer and founder of fashion label FlyNow, flew to its rescue.
Upon boarding for what’s billed as a “futuristic food journey”, guests have five and five-course dinners to choose among – ranging from 1800 – 2800 baht.
But when boarding the plane this time you’re entering a whole new world of imagination – the look is gothic, sumptuous, art-deco, eclectic and lush.
The restaurant owners have replaced the 400 airline seats with vintage sofas and chairs and added fancy chandeliers. Old steamer trunks serve as tables.
And adding to the ‘weird’ is a range of taxidermy hanging on the sides of the old plane – all are certified legal and ethical, meaning they died of natural causes.
Once upon a time surly baggage handlers would hurl your luggage onto a waiting trolley at an airport, but here the former luggage compartment is now a 10 seat lounge with high-backed maroon sofas.
The cockpit is a private dining room with a classic chesterfield.
You get the idea, Na-Oh is high on style, but what about the food? It’s fine dining with a thematic twist. Mostly Asian-inspired simple flavours, the owners describe the culinary experience as a futuristic food journey. So, expect the unexpected. Check out the current menu at Na-Oh HERE.
Compared to the dramatic interior and wow-factor, the degustation menu-style offerings are a secondary matter. But if you’re looking for that different dining experience in Bangkok strap yourself in, stow your tray table, open up your window covers and open up your mind to a new culinary experience.
Na-Oh is open daily, except Wednesday, from 6 to 11pm.
Bookings on 02 007 7070 or find out more HERE.
Thong Dee, the Kathu Brasserie loved by foodies and Phuket locals
The Thaiger was invited to a special ‘taster’ at one of our favourite restaurants on the island of Phuket, Thong Dee. As usual, the food spoke for itself – no fuss, classy, so so tasty, eclectic. The Thaiger was a guest of the hosts Patrik and Ponchan for the evening.
Thong Dee – The Kathu Brasserie, located in Kathu in a quiet soi less than 15 min drive from Patong or Phuket Town has become a popular go-to foodie destination, away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. The atmosphere at Thong Dee is certainly friendly and relaxed but also chic and stylish. The restaurant offers open-air dining where locals and visitors comfortably sit and watch the tiny world of Kathu go by.
The restaurant is currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor (April 2019), undoubtedly a favourite for foodies looking for quality in a breezy brasserie which doesn’t burn their wallets. But the journey to finding this perfect balance was certainly not a smooth one.
Established on the 25th December 2010, married couple Patrik Lundgren, from Sweden, and Phonchan Chiarram, originally from the Buriram province, opened “Thong Dee Restaurant & Bar”, literally meaning “Good Gold” in Thai, a colloquial expression that better translates as “Good Quality”.
Thong Dee began as only a dream for the two. Phonchan already owned her own bar at only 21 and Patrik always considered himself a devout foodie. He was the one to make the bold decision to become restaurateurs. With the help of Patrik’s mother, the couple, with their love for F&B and strong entrepreneurial spirit, made that dream into reality.
“I consider myself a genuine foodie and always had a huge passion for food. I rather have a big bill from a fabulous restaurant then a trendy nightclub” – Patrik
Phonchan never had any formal training as a Chef but with Patrik’s belief in her skills and Patrik’s mother’s training, Phonchan started in her own restaurant as the cook. Here she not only had the opportunity to develop her delicious family recipes but began experimenting with Western and European cuisine.
The menu opened with 80 % percent Thai food until Patrik realised it was an already over-saturated market. “We had to be different from that “green curry” you can eat anywhere in Phuket”. Over the next 6 years the restaurant went through huge changes, both in layout and in menu.
Through the first stages, they enlisted the talents of André, a young chef who worked in France & Scandinavia at Michelin fine dining establishments, most notably, at Restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen. It was from him that Phonchan learned the fundamentals of fine dining, such as mise en place and creating stocks and sauces.
“He also taught me about the art of plating and classic dishes from French cuisine as well as fusion creations” – Phonchan
In 2016 they partnered up with an experienced Irish chef, from whom they learned about the strict operations of running a restaurant and creating a positive flow in the kitchen.
“He also taught me a lot form the European and English kitchen, such as the Sunday roasts, chicken liver parfait and desserts” – Phonchan.
The couple found their groove through their own culinary explorations, research and development combined with the knowledge of experienced chefs.
“…almost all of the dishes on our menu are different from how I learned from the start, both in Thai cuisine and European. I discovered in the world of cooking, all dishes can be made from the chef’s own interpretation.” – Phonchan
Patrik describes the cuisine at Thong Dee in detail as – “European with French, English & Swedish influences in addition to authentic Thai dishes with premium main ingredients.”
You will find Patrik at the front of house being the charismatic host, paying close attention to detail and customers’ every need. Thong Dee’s client’s range from local expat families and friends looking for a taste of home, and tourists looking for finer Thai food and good wines to match. Thong Dee has also become a favourite spot for local F&B industry management staff.
People flock from around the Island and even globally to experience Phonchan’s signature Thai duck dishes, even stews and Swedish meatballs. The also offer ever-changing weekly specials. Their Sunday Roast is also a drawcard, that attracts playful groups and families looking for a wide variety of succulent roast meats.
In the future, Thong Dee are considering to expand into Phuket Town, where the offering will be much more focused on classic European Brasserie cuisine, with starters, salads and steaks and a high value wine list and of course, the same friendly service in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.
Thai suki restaurant customer injured as gas cooker explodes
PHOTO: Facebook.com/สมพงษ์ เเก้วอาจ
A gas canister has exploded at a Moo Katha or ‘suki’ restaurant in the Ram Inthra area of Bangkok. Moo Katha is a very popular kind of restaurant around the country.
Thai Rath reports that Sompong Kaew-art posted on his Facebook that he had been near the restaurant when he heard an explosion. Passersby first thought a tyre had blown out somewhere. But later they found out that a gas canister, used to heat the pan on the table, had exploded.
Poh Teck Tung foundation medics treated a woman at the scene before taking her to hospital. His Facebook post has since been read 40,000 times with 27,000 comments as Thais warned their friends about the exploding gas canister at the restaurants.
SOURCE: Thai Rath
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