Authenticity on the Menu


Thai cooking schools are currently very popular, but only a few offer truly authentic recipes, she says.

"Our school received 600 students last year. It was not a large number, as we want to maintain quality, rather than expanding as a big business," she says.

Overseas, Thai restaurants are prospering as Thai food becomes more popular.

The Kitchen of the World project provides much support to Thai restaurants abroad, including certification and financial support. But Mrs Wandee says that two large constraints are inexperienced staff and access to ingredients.

"Overseas chefs may think sweetness dominates the taste of Thai food, but actually, the important thing is to mix every flavour well," Mrs Wandee says.

"Imagine a restaurant in America selling spicy fried chicken with holy basil without the real holy basil. The taste will just change without proper ingredients."

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