Ancient duck “tom kha bpet”

Ancient duck “tom kha bpet”

Som Chai, my Thai restaurant in Bali, tells cultural stories through recipes: coming from the late 19th Century to the table, here is a short story of the “Tom Kha Bpet”

It was a soup…

Tom Kha is originally a type of soup consisting of a spicy chicken-curry in coconut milk. 

The soup typically includes coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, Thai chili peppers, coriander (or dill weed), straw mushrooms (or shiitake or other mushrooms), chicken, fish sauce, and lime juice. Fried chilies are sometimes added.

… but in the late 19th Century, it was not anymore !

In the late 19th century, “tom kha” was not a soup at all: it was a dish of chicken or duck simmered in a light coconut broth with a generous amount of galangal. The coconut broth adds sweetness to the meat, and the galangal helped to mellow the meat odor. It was then served with a basic roasted chili jam as a dipping relish seasoned along the salty-sour-sweet spectrum.

Let me take you on a trip to the Ancient Siam

At Som Chai, I introduced this modern version of “Tom Kha”, and invite you to discover its complex flavours, its rich scent and the guilty pleasure to dip the meat in the roasted chilli jam !

The Hmong | A Culinary Journey Through Tribal Lands

The Hmong | A Culinary Journey Through Tribal Lands

The renowned Chef Will Meyrick kicked off his first collaboration with Ben McRae on 8th December 2018 show casing unique hill tribe of northern Thailand, Vietnam, Yunnan and Laos. It has has been a longtime passion of Will Meyrick to understand how to preserve this culture. Everlasting passion starting in 1998 that he keeps by going there as often as he can. These stories and recipes are testifying the importance of preserving people and the culture. About the event: Som Chai, Will Meyrick’s restaurant, introduced a series of cuisine culture collaborations in 2018: “A culinary journey through tribal lands”. As they say: “to embrace the future you must learn from the past”.