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    Chef Jarunun from Bangkok will whip up unusual treats at The Promenade’s Royal Thai festival.

    THAI food lovers heading to scenic Pondicherry this weekend are in for a pleasant surprise. The Promenade’s Bay of Buddha celebrates its first anniversary with the Royal Thai Festival, which promises authentic offerings. Designed by Bangkok-based chef Jarunun, the menu is elaborate with her signature dishes. There are the staples, of course, like geang kiew warn gai (chicken with peas and aubergine in green curry). “In Thai cuisine, the taste of food differs from North to South. However I am going to bring dishes from central Bangkok that will have flavours from all parts of Thailand,” assures the 40-year-old who has been part of various pop ups and festivals across the world, including Le Meridien Hotel in Bangkok and Por Thai Restaurant in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Executive chef, Satish Rajshekhar, explains why Thai cuisine was their first choice for the occasion. “It is a great occasion to build on our Pan Asian repertoire. We wanted to bring something authentic and special to the people of Pondicherry, and heritage Thai cuisine hit the spot,” he says
    Chef Jarunun has come loaded with Thai ingredients like kaffir lime, Thai hot basil, bird’s chilli, Pandan leaves, pea aubergines, lemon grass and galangal, which, besides adding authentic flavours, also have numerous health benefits, like clearing sinuses. Dishes include phad phak roum fai deang (fried vegetable with bird’s eye chili) and massa mungue (lamb in massamun curry). “I have created a paneer satay for paneer lovers, on special request,” says Jarunun. Don’t miss the sweet endings, faak thong cheam (sweet pumpkin) and gouy boudchee (banana in coconut milk).
    Till July 31. Meal for two at Rs 1,500 (dinner only). Details: 0413 2227750
    
    —Saloni Sinha

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