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  • Thai navy hailed for Operation: Kitties Rescue (Photos)

    Flames tore through the fishing boat, which began taking on water and going down. Perched on a beam just above the water, under which all but the vessel’s bow had slipped, four survivors trembled. Seaman Tasspon Sa-ei, aboard a responding naval vessel, leaped to action, swimming to the wreckage and swimming back to safety with ...

    This article, Thai navy hailed for Operation: Kitties Rescue (Photos), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Flames tore through the fishing boat, which began taking on water and going down. Perched on a beam just above the water, under which all but the vessel’s bow had slipped, four survivors trembled.

    Seaman Tasspon Sa-ei, aboard a responding naval vessel, leaped to action, swimming to the wreckage and swimming back to safety with all four souls – young kitties – saved from the angry sea.

    Photos of the rescue, which took place offshore from Satun province, were winning rare praise for the military on social media today after they were shared by a sailor at the scene.

    The five human crew aboard the stricken vessel – five Burmese and three Thai – were also rescued. The feline quartet is now recovering and being spoiled at a naval facility.

    The authorities are investigating the cause of the sinking.

    Read more Coconuts Bangkok stories here.

    This article, Thai navy hailed for Operation: Kitties Rescue (Photos), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    3 March 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Viral, News, Bangkok, Animals
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029131
  • CBD by the sea: ‘Chi Samui’ is 1st on island serving cannabis dishes

    Cannabis-infused food is definitely Thailand’s biggest non-croissant food trend of 2021 so far, and a restaurant on a popular southern island has jumped on the bandwagon. Claiming to be the first restaurant on Koh Samui allowed to serve dishes containing cannabis, Chi Samui opened late last month with a wide range of food and drinks ...

    This article, CBD by the sea: ‘Chi Samui’ is 1st on island serving cannabis dishes, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Cannabis-infused food is definitely Thailand’s biggest non-croissant food trend of 2021 so far, and a restaurant on a popular southern island has jumped on the bandwagon.

    Claiming to be the first restaurant on Koh Samui allowed to serve dishes containing cannabis, Chi Samui opened late last month with a wide range of food and drinks containing newly legalized cannabinoids, or CBD.

    We believe once people really understand and appreciate the health benefits of CBD,  it will simply go from strength to strength,” said Gaetan Bertin, general manager of Chi Samui. 

    Here’s every joint cooking with CBD across Thailand (that we know of)

    As with all the other new cafes and restaurants which have opened across the nation, it’s not a stoner cafe as the use of THC, the psychoactive compound of cannabis, is still prescribed in any significant quantity. 

    The restaurant, which is licensed to obtain cannabis leaves from a partnering university, serves a varied selection of teas, cocktails, shakes and lemonades alongside dishes such as pizza, burgers, pasta, hummus and crowd-pleasing pad kaprao– all cooked with cannabis.

    Chi Samui's CBD pizza
    Chi Samui’s CBD pizza. Photo: Chi Samui

    In December, most bits of the marijuana plant – except the THC-rich flowers – were decriminalized for commercial use by people or organizations licensed by the health ministry to stimulate the nascent hemp industry. 

    Unlike THC, CBD is widely known for being an appealing alternative to relieve pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects. Bertin said he and his team have already had repeat customers drawn to its medicinal purposes.

    “We already have a lot of returning customers that are enjoying the benefits of our dishes such as relieving insomnia, stress and pain,” Bertin said.

    But that’s not to say there weren’t some bumps in the road, including the process to getting licensed and making sure guests understand what exactly they are putting into their bodies.

    “There were obstacles in being pioneers of the cannabis menu on Samui as Thailand is just opening up, and the legal situation is still fluid,” Bertin said. “It’s our pleasure to explain and educate guests that our CBD-infused menu is healthy and has many medicinal purposes.” 

    Customers can sunbathe and chill next to a beachside swimming pool while sipping cocktails such as Green Goddess (hemp-infused rum, triple sec, midori, lime and cannabis leaf), Mojito Med (hemp-infused rum, brown sugar, lime, mint, cannabis leaf) and Hempius Maxiumus (hemp-infused rum, curacao, midori, pineapple juice, lime juice and cannabis leaf). 

    Non-drinkers can opt for lemonade or tea, available hot or iced, including Sweet Mary Jane (cannabis-infused mixed berry coulis and lemonade), Ginger Forest (tea, brewed hemp leaves, ginger and fruit) and The Magic (tea, brewed hemp leaves, cinnamon, honey and lemon).

    Photo: Chi Samui
    Photo: Chi Samui

    The five-page menu goes further with big and small plates utilizing hemp leaves and CBD oil. Classic hummus gets a green update to Hemmpus, with the chickpeas infused in green curry hemp sauce and CBD oil while burger dish Canna Lickin’ Good has hemp butter on the bun and Cajun chicken breast and cannabis mayo inside. The Pimp My Pasta is chicken, sun-dried tomato and pasta tossed in a CBD oil-infused pesto.

    The restaurant doesn’t serve the special recipes to customers under 25. It also advises that the CBD recipes should be avoided by pregnant women, people with impaired livers, kidneys and heart disease. 

    Chi Samui is located on Bang Rak Beach on Koh Samui, Surat Thani province. It’s open 10am to 11:30pm every day except Monday. 

    Photo: Chi Samui
    Photo: Chu Samui
    Photo: Chi Samui
    Photo: Chu Samui
    Photo: Chu Samui
    Photo: Chu Samui
    Photo: Chu Samui

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    Chi Samui
    16/4 Moo 4, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
    10am-11:30pm daily, except Monday
    092-2717439, 077-484481

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    This article, CBD by the sea: ‘Chi Samui’ is 1st on island serving cannabis dishes, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    3 March 2021
    Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
    Hot Spots, Food Guides, Food & Drink, F&B News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029098
  • Here’s every joint cooking with CBD across Thailand (that we know of)

    Restaurants and cafes nationwide have been quick to capitalize on relaxed drug laws enabling them to serve recipes infused with CBD hype. While you’d have to really chow down to get a buzz – the law caps allowed THC content at 0.3% – there is something for anxiety, pain, appetites, sleep and even cancer if ...

    This article, Here’s every joint cooking with CBD across Thailand (that we know of), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Restaurants and cafes nationwide have been quick to capitalize on relaxed drug laws enabling them to serve recipes infused with CBD hype.

    While you’d have to really chow down to get a buzz – the law caps allowed THC content at 0.3% – there is something for anxiety, pain, appetites, sleep and even cancer if all the boosters are to be believed. 

    From Bangkok proper and Chiang Mai city to Korat and places in between, here are the places where weed is now on the menu.

    420 Cannabis Bar (Bangkok)

    Photo: 420 Cannabis Bar Bangkok
    Photo: 420 Cannabis Bar Bangkok

    Opened just earlier this month, 420 Cannabis Bar Bangkok offers a neon-lit vibe and some stools for customers to sip cannabis teas and bubble teas that contain cannabidiol, or CBD. The place also serves “Fly High Cookie” CBD chocolate chip cookies, CBD Brownies and baked pot leaf and spinach with cheese.

    The cafe is located on Soi Premier 1 Yark 8 in Bangkok’s Prawet district near Paradise Park. It’s open 10:30 to 8pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30pm through 10pm on  Friday and Saturday. A delivery service is also available.

    Read more: New joint: Bangkok’s 1st cannabis cafe opens with CBD teas, snacks

    Kanom Siam (Bangkok)

    Photo: Kanom Siam / Facebook
    Photo: Kanom Siam / Facebook

    A Bangkok dessert shop best known for its traditional pandan coconut-rice pancakes earlier this month teased that it will offer the Thai dessert infused with cannabis leaves “very soon.” 

    “This dessert has fragrance from pandan and is mixed with cannabis species carefully selected by us – from the strains, controlled cultivation, harvest and logistics – ready to be cooked fresh for our fans to try,” the dessert shop teased with images of a cannabis leaf draped over equally green baked goodies.

    Read more: Bangkok dessert shop to sell cannabis-infused goodies

    Kanom Siam currently has three branches: Siam Paragon, EmQuartier and inside the Suan Plern Market on Rama V Road.

    Kiew Kai Ka (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

    Photo: Kiew Kai Ka
    Photo: Kiew Kai Ka

    The rustic Thai restaurant since earlier this month has launched a wide range of Thai crowd-pleasing dishes from green curry, stir-fried malindjo leaves with egg and chicken soup with tamarind leaves – all infused with cannabis. A “Happy Omelette” is also included on the menu.

    Kiew Kai Ka has two branches – one in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao area and another located on Nimman Road in Chiang Mai province. It opens from 11am through 10pm every day.

    Goodsouls Kitchen (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

    Images: Goodsouls Kitchen
    Images: Goodsouls Kitchen

    File this one under “coming soon.” With branches in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, plant-based restaurant Goodsouls Kitchen recently teased six new food and drinks on the menu including a smoothie bowl, pesto pasta, vegetarian burger, vegan steak and Burmese tea leaf salad – all infused with marijuana leaves. 

    No date was given for when Goodsouls’s new dishes would go on sale, though, as it is awaiting official approval from the Food and Drug Administration. As soon as it gets it, it will be among 40 restaurants working with Maejo University to serve cannabis-infused food for customers. 

    Read more: CBD menu coming to veggie resto ‘Goodsouls’ in Bangkok & Chiang Mai

    The Bangkok branch is located on Soi Thanpuying Puangrat-prapai off Soi Sukhumvit 26. It’s open 9am to 9pm every day. Its other two branches are in Chiang Mai city – one on Chang Moi Road and another on Singharat Road.

    Hop Beer House Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

    Photo: Hop Beer House Korat
    Photo: Hop Beer House Korat

    Claiming itself to be the first place that serves cannabis menus in its province and Isan region, the craft beer bar and restaurant in Korat city now serves a selection of recipes such as sour and spicy chicken soup, minced pork omelette, pizza sprinkled with hemp leaves and green hemp puddings. The bar in the future will serve craft beer and wine infused with cannabis as well.

    Hop Beer House Korat has three branches in Nakhon Ratchasima province. It opens 4pm through midnight every day.

    Class Cafe (Nakhon Ratchasima)

    Photo: Class Cafe
    Photo: Class Cafe

    With its four branches spanning throughout the Korat city, Class Cafe serves cannabis caffeinated drinks under the brand “Khao Yai Calm” to go with its burger stuffed and sprinkled with cannabis leaf powder. In the future, the venue will offer delivery service via LINE Man.

    The cafe currently has four branches in Nakhon Ratchasima province. 

    Ban Lao Ruang (Prachinburi)

    Deep-fried weed leaves served with spicy mango salad, at left, and sparkling passion fruit mixed with weed juice. Images: Coconuts
    Deep-fried weed leaves served with spicy mango salad, at left, and sparkling passion fruit mixed with weed juice. Images: Coconuts

    Sitting inside a house that once housed a dental practice which was donated to the  Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital’s  foundation for public benefit, Ban Lao Ruang is billed as the very first venue that serve cannabis-infused menus – some with wink-wink names – such as “Smiley Tempura” deep-fried weed leaves with spicy mango salad, “Good Mood Soda” cannabis juice-infused passionfruit soda and pot pizza.

    Read more: Weed is on the menu at Thailand’s first cannabis-cookin’ cafe

    Ban Lao Rueng is located on Namuang Road in Prachinburi city. It’s open 10am to 7:30pm every day. 

    Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa (Prachinburi)

    Located only 5-minute drive from Ban Lao Ruang is the spa house recently overwhelmingly visited by locals and tourists who want to savor its kitchen’s cannabis menus from pad kaprao to spicy pork soup with weed leaves

    Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa opens from 8:30am through 4:30pm daily. It’s located inside the Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi city.


    Baan Tool (Rayong)

    Photo: Baan Tool
    Photo: Baan Tool

    The restaurant-slash-cafe is the only place in Rayong province that’s allowed to serve food and drinks infused with cannabis. Some of the good-selling dishes include laab, tom yum goong, seafood spaghetti and fish cakes. The venue is owned by 33-year-old Nopporn Choosirak who is permitted to serve the dishes after he bought a franchise from government-approved Siamkanya Cafe.

    Baan Tool is located on Srimuangnua Road in Rayong city. It opens from 8am until 7pm daily, except Thursday.

    Chi Samui (Koh Samui, Surat Thani)

    Photo: Chi Samui
    Photo: Chi Samui

    Claiming to be the first restaurant on Koh Samui allowed to serve dishes containing cannabis, Chi Samui opened late last month with a wide range of food and drinks containing newly legalized cannabinoids, or CBD.

    The restaurant, which is licensed to obtain cannabis leaves from a partnering university, serves a varied selection of teas, cocktails, shakes and lemonades alongside dishes such as pizza, burgers, pasta, hummus and crowd-pleasing pad kaprao– all cooked with cannabis.

    Read more: CBD by the sea: ‘Chi Samui’ is 1st on island serving cannabis dishes

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    This article, Here’s every joint cooking with CBD across Thailand (that we know of), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    25 February 2021
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  • ‘Made By Legacy’ fancy flea market returns for 3 days in March

    Noise Market, the late Artbox, or COVID-era Ratchada Train Night Market. Long it has been since we’ve been able to enjoy our love of open-air shopping. For fans of all things vintage, there’s something to look forward to next month: Bangkok’s ultra-hip flea market Made By Legacy has announced its return next month for a ...

    This article, ‘Made By Legacy’ fancy flea market returns for 3 days in March, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Noise Market, the late Artbox, or COVID-era Ratchada Train Night Market. Long it has been since we’ve been able to enjoy our love of open-air shopping.

    For fans of all things vintage, there’s something to look forward to next month: Bangkok’s ultra-hip flea market Made By Legacy has announced its return next month for a 12th edition spread over three days at the Sermsuk Warehouse tucked next to the Chao Phraya River.

    With the modernist Taksin Bridge as the backdrop, over 200 vendors will sell everything from vinyl records and old books to eclectic vintage wares, imported furniture, and other knick-knacks. You name it, this market probably has it – for a price. 

    With bars and restaurants now able to sell alcohol again, visitors should be able to enjoy beers and cocktails alongside tasty treats from a slew of food trucks. Like previous Made By Legacy events, there will be vinyl tunes blasting everything from soul and funk to contemporary hits and country well into the evening. 

    The market will enact measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections such as temperature screening and social distancing.

    Entry is THB100 per person. The event will run 3pm to midnight March 12 through March 14 at Sermsuk Warehouse, located on Charoen Nakhon Road – accessible via BTS Saphan Taksin or BTS Krung Thonburi.

    This article, ‘Made By Legacy’ fancy flea market returns for 3 days in March, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    24 February 2021
    Dhipkawee Sriyananda Selley
    Retail Therapy, Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, City guides, Bangkok, Arts
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1028764
  • Police arrest activist singer accused of torching portrait of King Vajiralongkorn

    A singer-turned-activist whose sharp verses have been chanted at protests since last year was arrested in Ayutthaya province this morning. Best known by his stage name Ammy the Bottom Blues, Chaiamorn was taken into custody at a rented room on suspicion of insulting King Vajiralongkorn by setting fire to one of his portraits Sunday. Chaimorn ...

    This article, Police arrest activist singer accused of torching portrait of King Vajiralongkorn, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    A singer-turned-activist whose sharp verses have been chanted at protests since last year was arrested in Ayutthaya province this morning.

    Best known by his stage name Ammy the Bottom Blues, Chaiamorn was taken into custody at a rented room on suspicion of insulting King Vajiralongkorn by setting fire to one of his portraits Sunday.

    Chaimorn has been taken to the Police General Hospital for treatment of several injuries, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. It was unclear how he sustained the injuries. He was to be questioned by the police at 11am. 

    According to Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the 32-year-old singer was one of three suspects in the burning of a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn in front of the Klong Prem Central Prison, a maximum security facility in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. 

    A photo of flames racing up a large, gilded portrait were posted to his Instagram account on Sunday.

    Chaiamorn also faces charges of violating the Computer Crime Act, trespassing on government property and arson. An arson conviction alone can result in life in prison or death, while insulting the monarchy is punishable up to 15 years in prison.

    Last year his “1-2-3-4-5, Fuck you Prayuth!” anthem was chanted by massive crowds filling downtown Bangkok. #SaveAmmy is one of the top trending hashtags on Thai Twitter today.

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    This article, Police arrest activist singer accused of torching portrait of King Vajiralongkorn, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    3 March 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    News, Crime, Bangkok
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  • Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccine registration to begin early May

    Signups for COVID-19 vaccination will begin in two months, according to health officials. Prior to June, when Thailand becomes the last ASEAN nation to roll out vaccines, members of the public will be able to register using a new app called Mor Phrom, or Doctor’s Ready. Thailand has vowed to make it available for free ...

    This article, Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccine registration to begin early May, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Signups for COVID-19 vaccination will begin in two months, according to health officials.

    Prior to June, when Thailand becomes the last ASEAN nation to roll out vaccines, members of the public will be able to register using a new app called Mor Phrom, or Doctor’s Ready. Thailand has vowed to make it available for free to all regardless of citizenship.

    Everyone in Thailand may get free vaccine – when they’re available, at least

    Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said large batch of Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca is due to arrive in June, which will enable the government to cover a greater subset of the population.

    On Monday, the 200,000 doses of Chinese-made CoronaVac were distributed to 13 high-risk provinces, according to Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha.

    A total of 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are ultimately expected.

    Last week a small batch of doses of the vaccine developed with Oxford arrived from Italy, and another 1.8 million doses of CoronaVac are expected to arrive by the end of April.

    Before any of its domestically produced supply of AstraZeneca reaches the public, approximately 2 million doses will arrive from abroad, earmarked for those most in need, including medical personnel and people with underlying conditions.

    The government’s procurement process and slow rollout were at the center of a no confidence debate the government survived late last month.

    Manufacturing was awarded to a firm controlled by the palace, a source of complaints that has led to critics being charged with insulting the king.

    This article, Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccine registration to begin early May, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    3 March 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    News, Health, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029092
  • Double Dose: AstraZeneca vaccines land with CoronaVac tomorrow; Thai PM passes on China’s

    Surprise! Health officials said today that a delayed batch of AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive tomorrow along with the first shipment of China’s CoronaVac – and the prime minister has chosen which one to take when he becomes the first to be inoculated. Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said 117,000 doses of the Oxford-developed vaccine will ...

    This article, Double Dose: AstraZeneca vaccines land with CoronaVac tomorrow; Thai PM passes on China’s, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Surprise! Health officials said today that a delayed batch of AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive tomorrow along with the first shipment of China’s CoronaVac – and the prime minister has chosen which one to take when he becomes the first to be inoculated.

    Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said 117,000 doses of the Oxford-developed vaccine will arrive from Italy weeks after they had been expected along with the 200,000 doses from Beijing. PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha, 66, will take the AstraZeneca shot because of new concerns the Chinese vaccine is unsuitable for those over 60.

    Anutin said he had kept the Italian load a secret due to the political drama surrounding the government’s procurement process, which had made the British-Swedish firm hesitant to supply Thailand. Anutin said they would have arrived last month if people hadn’t made so much noise, laying blame on the public for complaining about how manufacturing was awarded to a firm aligned with the palace.

    Anutin’s comments seemed to confirm reports last month that AstraZeneca had gotten cold feet after the Thai government began prosecuting critics of their deal including opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for allegedly insulting the king.

    The health minister said Prayuth would have to wait six weeks for the second job after he gets the first. CoronaVac only requires a two-week wait between shots.

    Anutin, who had been aiming to win some spotlight love as the first to be inoculated, said he may be the second – if people want him to, that is.

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    This article, Double Dose: AstraZeneca vaccines land with CoronaVac tomorrow; Thai PM passes on China’s, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    23 February 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
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  • Mystery, curiosity and surprises cooked into Karmakamet Conveyance’s ‘Expedition’

    A boundary-defying fancy downtown dining room is ready to embark upon – or convey, perhaps – a new culinary journey.  Starting tomorrow, Karmakamet Conveyance will take diners on a new adventure aimed at breaking through the traditional dining experience into something unique where shapes and form don’t matter.  Despite the high concept, the chef of ...

    This article, Mystery, curiosity and surprises cooked into Karmakamet Conveyance’s ‘Expedition’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    A boundary-defying fancy downtown dining room is ready to embark upon – or convey, perhaps – a new culinary journey. 

    Starting tomorrow, Karmakamet Conveyance will take diners on a new adventure aimed at breaking through the traditional dining experience into something unique where shapes and form don’t matter. 

    Despite the high concept, the chef of the venue, named for its intent to transport people through dining, remains fixated on one single element – taste.

    All I care about is the taste, and then I cook from memories,” said chef Jutamas “Som” Theantae. “I take my time to go on expeditions in search of something, consciously or unconsciously … and I found that some certain place reminds me of some certain tastes.”

    Inspired by her travels, a rock lies on each table from memorable places Chef Som has visited in past decades, from Cole Street in San Francisco to the Philippine Sea.

    No physical menu nor explanation of each dish awaits. Diners may even find fun in guessing the ingredients. 

    “I decided not to tell the stories [behind each dish]. Not that I don’t have stories to tell, but sometimes I just don’t want to stick with telling the stories,” Som said.

    A reporter considers a leaf, and the dish beneath it. Photo: Coconuts
    A reporter considers a leaf, and the dish beneath it. Photo: Coconuts Media

    Her new Expedition course set off at a recent hosted sampling session with an enticing glazed cherry and richly flavored consomme that drew out a full herbal fragrance at the very first whiff. Dive into more flavors through nostalgia-evoking bites of a peanut butter biscuit topped with a spicy curry paste, succulent jet-fresh oysters and a ham half-sandwich.

    Photos: Coconuts Media

    A simple game recipe, though, steals the spotlight. A delicately cooked quail is served alongside rice, curry and a curry ball that may put some spice racks to the test.

    Diners will get to shoot a shot of a 40-year-old moonshine dubbed Miracle Water to tickle the taste buds before the journey continues with another main course: a shiso leaf-covered Asian cuisine-inspired delight comprised of melt-in-the-mouth tender beef tongue, tofu, crabmeat dumplings and udon noodles.

    Photo: Coconuts Media

    The course is finished with a Chef Som signature, an addictive sea salt ice cream, which returns for this incarnation as a light-as-air crispy meringue and glassy-smooth, torched caramelized sugar sheet.

    The Expedition tasting menu consists of 10 courses for THB2,490 and will be available Wednesday onward. Reservations are required.

    Karmakamet Conveyance is located on Soi Sukhumvit 49 between BTS Phrom Phong and Thong Lo. It’s open 6pm to 11pm daily.

    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Karmakamet
    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Photo: Coconuts Media
    Photo: Coconuts Media

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    This article, Mystery, curiosity and surprises cooked into Karmakamet Conveyance’s ‘Expedition’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    2 March 2021
    Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
    Reviews, Hot Spots, Food Guides, Food & Drink, F&B News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029068
  • Mental health agency dumps Miss Universe Thailand for condemning police brutality

    Only a few days after the Department of Mental Health appointed Amanda Obdam as its brand ambassador, it gave her the boot after she spoke critically of state violence used against the pro-democracy movement.  Crowned Miss Universe Thailand last year, Amanda Obdam on Tuesday afternoon was dismissed after she expressed disgust at images showing security ...

    This article, Mental health agency dumps Miss Universe Thailand for condemning police brutality, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    Only a few days after the Department of Mental Health appointed Amanda Obdam as its brand ambassador, it gave her the boot after she spoke critically of state violence used against the pro-democracy movement. 

    Crowned Miss Universe Thailand last year, Amanda Obdam on Tuesday afternoon was dismissed after she expressed disgust at images showing security forces appearing to assault medical volunteers in the street. For that, the department said she spread “conflict and discomfort.”

    “The Department of Mental Health acknowledges people’s concerns and it cannot proceed with [Amanda’s] mission that may cause conflict and discomfort among the people … therefore we have terminated Amanda’s brand ambassadorship from this point onward,” the statement reads. 

    Amanda was given the title only Thursday. Pro-government elements criticized the move, saying it was wrong to appoint a “nation-hater” – a popular term among conservative royalists for those pressing for social and government reform.

    Unlike many risk-averse beauty queens, the 27-year-old Thai-Canadian has been vocal on social media. She has tweeted about cases of forced disappearances and criticized police violence ever since October when officers first deployed chemical-laced water cannons against protesters at the Pathumwan Intersection. 

    “Protesting is never a disturbance of the peace. Corruption, injustice, war and intimidation are disturbances of the peace,” she wrote last month, quoting American author-activist Bryant McGill.

    After police officers were filmed stomping a volunteer medic on the ground on Feb. 14, Amanda spoke out again.

    “DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR. Where is the humanity? #PoliceBeatMedicalWorker,” she tweeted. “How can we talk about love when there’s still violence on the street?” 

    Amanda could not immediately be reached for comment and had yet to react publicly to the news.

    This article, Mental health agency dumps Miss Universe Thailand for condemning police brutality, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    2 March 2021
    Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
    Politics, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029052
  • Manga meals and testicles at star geek chef SchwedaKong’s Bangkok hole in the wall

    What arrives at the table bathed in Japanese soy sauce checks out. It looks like chicken; it smells about right. But put the meat in your mouth and chew, a bouncy gelatinous texture not at all like chicken. Congratulations, my friend, those are bull balls in your mouth.     The ox testicles were only the start ...

    This article, Manga meals and testicles at star geek chef SchwedaKong’s Bangkok hole in the wall, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    What arrives at the table bathed in Japanese soy sauce checks out. It looks like chicken; it smells about right. But put the meat in your mouth and chew, a bouncy gelatinous texture not at all like chicken. Congratulations, my friend, those are bull balls in your mouth.    

    The ox testicles were only the start of it. Pork liver, chicken giblets and abalone are all on the menu at a new downtown restaurant in the capital’s shopping district alongside regular cuts of beef, chicken, scallops and tofu all cooked in unique ways that seem to defy logic to bring new flavor experiences.

    Schwedakong Land is the creation of Bangkok chef Wassapol “Kong” Saengseethong, who leveraged social media fame as a weird food creator with internet-ready geek appeal – not many chefs contemplate what manga meals taste like – who hacked “impossible” meals a schooled chef wouldn’t consider. Along the way, he’s made many edible dishes out of things many would think of as weird or disgusting. 

    Now regarded an avante garde chef in his own right, Wassapol’s hasn’t changed course at his new downtown restaurant. For the Pork Liver Donburi (THB150), he uses osmotic dehydration to dry meat of blood before marinating it in baking powder and salt for a chewy texture and less of the iron taste that turns some off. Prefer a smooth, creamy texture? Try the Chicken Giblet Donburi (THB150), another signature that uses a similar technique but with an end result that melts in the mouth.

    Chicken giblet donburi (THB150)
    Chicken giblet donburi (THB150)
    Sample size of pork liver donburi
    Sample size of pork liver donburi

    The restaurant opened a few weeks ago in Soi Kasem San 1, just around the corner from the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Prior to that, Wassapol had been serving friends and guests for eight years at his west Bangkok home, but the pandemic meant more family at home and wanting to cook meals.

    So now he’s moved his kitchen into the first floor of a townhouse downstairs from a friend’s fitness studio. The mood is loft style with bare concrete floors and walls that still give off a very homey vibe. The kitchen is open, so customers can pass by and follow the action at any time. Currently, there are only two tables, and both face a giant TV showing food documentaries, recreating that feeling of eating at foodie friend’s home.

    The chef says he will soon offer even wilder dishes at the restaurant that bears the nomme de cuisine he adopted when entering the online foodie community in the early noughties. Back then, as SchwedaKong, he was a graphic designer who rose to fame documenting his takes on different cuisines and bringing a geek sensibility by recreating recipes from Japanese manga and anime to share over OG webboard Pantip.

    “Maybe next month I will do the food course inspired by Japanese manga The Way of the Househusband,” he said, referring to the series Gokushufudo. “But we just opened for a month so we want something that can be done quickly and not too complicated first.”

    For now, gastronomic adventures await your mouth in the form of Ox’s Testicle Donburi (THB150), an organ the chef said he was inspired to use after tasting grilled bull balls at an Egyptian restaurant in Nana. All donburis, or Japanese rice bowls, are served with raw egg yolk to harmonize the rice with the choice of meats, including the aforementioned giblets and liver.

    Not into something weird? There are more mass-friendly basics that are still interesting such as the Stock-steamed Rice with Beef Dipping in Chinese BBQ Sauce (THB250), Wassapol’s own recipe that he came up with while studying the difference between Chinese rice pulao and Indian biryani.

    Sample size of ox’s testicle donburi
    Sample size of ox’s testicle donburi
    Stock-steamed rice with beef dipping in Chinese BBQ sauce (THB250)
    Stock-steamed rice with beef dipping in Chinese BBQ sauce (THB250)

    And the magic Wassapol cultivated on screen survived translation to the table at a recent visit. What risks being gimmick food was actually great, and Wassapol was a charming host. 

    That may be less the case for non-meat eaters, as there are no meatless mains served for now.

    In the coming months, return patrons may see some of the legendary dishes that made SchwedaKong an internet sensation, like his blood eggs and san bu nian, a two-egg dessert recipe inspired by Japanese manga Iron Wok Jan that he spent a decade developing.  

    Wassapol says the menu will change weekly or more often depending on availability of ingredients. 

    Current specials are listed online and should be pre-ordered by telephone for best results; same goes for reservations.

    Schwedakong Land is located on Soi Kasem San 1, a short walk from BTS National Stadium. It’s open noon to 8pm and closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

    FIND IT:

    Schwedakong Land

    Soi Kasem San 1

    Noon-8pm daily except Wednesday and Sunday

    BTS National Stadium

    085-396-0303

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    This article, Manga meals and testicles at star geek chef SchwedaKong’s Bangkok hole in the wall, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

    2 March 2021
    Thitima Sukontaros
    Reviews, Hot Spots, Food Guides, Food & Drink, F&B News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1029032