Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pairing Thai (Ching Mai food festival) with Black Dog

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink. ― Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World  

The Thai food festival, Chiang Mai Food Festival menu includes a mix of authentic vegetarian and non vegetarian food. I am taking liberty to quote..... I happened to get my like minded folks, in fact peruse for a food festival!!! 

Since Benjarong hosted the ‘Chiang Mai Food Festival’ for the first time in the city at their restaurant. The festival will feature authentic Thai recipes from the Northern Thailand region of Chiang Mai, recreated by Benjarong’s experienced Chefs, Anand is worthy of mention. Chiang Mai, also known as the ‘Rose of the North’ is one of the oldest and most culturally significant cities of Thailand and its recipes which originated thousands of years ago are highly spoken of. It is said that the charm of Thai cuisine lies in its regional influence and this is a perfect festival to explore the authenticity of this unique cuisine. What makes the Chiang Mai cuisine so special is that the food is inspired from the culture and the age old traditions of Thailand, little spicy though!!!

I decided to pair Black Dog Scotch's Reserve (Black Dog 18 year old) with the Thai Cuisine!!! As a foodie, I do a 360 degree review, & keep trying & let the world wait :) The Appetizers included Gai Yang Som Tam ,which is a spicy red curry paste marinated chicken grilled and served with classical raw papaya salad.

We were also served Aep Goong , Lanna style succulent prawns delicately marinated and wrapped in banana leaves and grilled and Hed Hoo Noo Tod Namprik Pow (crispy fried woodear mushroom tossed with roasted chilli paste and Thai sweet basil). The Mung korn pong kari, lobster cooked with Thai curry powder and celery; and a fried rice with smoked chicken and fresh coriander.

In fact every house hold in Thailand has this starter- We sampled along with Black Dog Reserve the "Miang Kham"- “eating many things in one bite”. A burst of flavors include chillies, peanuts and onion, ginger, lemon, it's really a bomb, eaten similar to a betal leaf or paan :)

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
Mark Twain
Black Dog Scotch's luxury portfolio- Black Dog 18 Year old known as Black Dog Reserve is a perfect blend of grain whiskies and aged malt, kept for at least eighteen long years, in oak barrels!!! Adding yet another feather to its existing portfolio of awards, premium Scotch whisky Black Dog Reserve 18 Year old has yet again proved to be the finest of scotches by winning the Gold award at the MUNDUS Vini ISW International Spirits Awards 2011 held at Germany  This is the third Gold Award won by Black Dog 18 year old Whisky for its fine taste and smooth blend

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