A traditional dish with regal origins is the perfect way to beat the April heat. Khao chae chaowang — chaowang meaning “dish from the palace” because it was a favourite of royalty – comprises rice steeped in iced jasmine-scented water accompanied by a selection of side dishes and zesty pastes.
When khao chae became popular in Thailand almost 200 years ago, the country had no ice so the water in which it was served was chilled using earthenware jars kept in the shade and often partially buried in the cool earth.
The popular summer dish is served with shredded sweet pork, shredded sweet beef, fried fish with shrimp paste balls, and sweet bell peppers stuffed with pork and encased in an egg wrap. These are first steamed and then fried to a gentle consistency before being allowed to cool. Other condiments include fried shallots with fish ball and stir-fried sweet pickled Chinese turnips with egg.
Fragrant, full of flavour and served on beautiful celadon chinaware, khao chae offers a refreshing treat on a hot day.
Khao chae is available daily from 1 to 30 April 2020, 12:00 to 17:00 at Up & Above Restaurant. The price is Baht 490++. Up & Above is located on the 24th floor of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.
For information and reservations, please contact 02 687 9000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or book on the website www.okurabangkok.com