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Chilli Attack

Last week news. A Thai restaurant in London were slammed by firefighters and the busy shopping streets were closed for several hours after a report of chemical attack. It turned out to be another post-911 joke when they found out that the cook was just preparing Nam Prik Pao, Chilli Jam (น้ำพริกเผา). Oops!

Thai Cottage

The restaurant has been there for 17 years and, I am certain, they make that recipe on regular basis. How could the neighbours mistake the aromatic fume of burning chillies for a terrorist toxic weapon and make such a report to the emergency? Mind you, when I was making Chilli Basil Stir-fry (ผัดกะเพรา), the kitchen was gassed with garlic and chilli smoke so that Stilgherrian had to poke me with chemical attack quip. But that is the way it is, the way I and most Thais grew up with.

Imagine they wrongly smashed middle-eastern restaurant for the same reason. Are we living in safer world than before or paranoia will lead us there?

Kang’a’roo

Kangaroo Panang Curry (Kang Panang Jing-jo)

Kangaroo Panang Curry

Thai Panang curry fusioned with Australian kangaroo meat.

When I saw unfrozen pack of kangaroo rump at a butcher in Marrickville Shopping Centre, I knew I wanted to make a curry with it. Creamy Panang curry can go very well with the texture of the meat. Nature of the curry is tend to be thick and not supposed to have any vegetable in it as opposed to Thai red or green curries.

Ingredients

  • 500g of kangaroo rump, sliced
  • 1/2 can of Panang curry paste (60g)
  • 250ml of coconut milk (2/3 of 400g can), separate the cream on top
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  • Chillies (optional)
  • Sugar to taste (palm sugar prefer)
  • Fish sauce to taste

Directions

  1. In a wok, fry curry paste in hot vegetable oil until the aroma comes out.
  2. Gradually pour in cream of coconut milk. Leave some for garnishing.
  3. Add kangaroo meat and keep stirring until the rump is half-cooked.
  4. Add the rest of coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and chillies then let it cooked in low heat for 20 minutes, occasionally stir.
  5. Season with fish sauce and sugar. Traditionally, sweet is the dominant flavour.
  6. Garnish with coconut cream, shredded kaffir lime leaves and chillies.

Thailand Grand Festival 2007

Thai community in Sydney is celebrating their New Year culture, Songkran, at Thailand Grand Festival 2007 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour on 15th April. Buddhist ceremony has been conducted in the morning. It is time for entertainment in the afternoon. However, unlike in Thailand, no water is not traditionally flushed away. Stage performances line up to please the crowd.

Ribbon Minister

Minister of Juvenile Justice & Minister of Western Sydney, Barbara Perry, opening the Festival.

Thai Hospitality Thai Hospitality

Thai reception girls.

Thai Music Thai Music Thai Music Thai Music

Thai classical music by the Bangkok Octave band of BTCL School.

Decoration

Thai mobile flower decoration.

Phonleb Phonleb Phonleb

Thai traditional dance performance, Phonleb (ฟ้อนเล็บ).

Khun-In

Contemporary Thai musid performance by Khun-In.

Nohrah-Malagus Nohrah-Malagus

Thai traditional dance performance, Nohrah-Malagus (โนราห๋-มาลากัส), by Thai Classical Group.

Fun

A Thai man dancing with fun.

Heritage Heritage Heritage Heritage Heritage

Fashion show, The Heritage of Thailand.

For the King

People wearing yellow shirts to pay respect to the King of Thailand.

Thai New Year Buddhist Ceremony

The biggest event of the year in Thailand has to be Songkran Festival, Thai New Year celebration. Anyone who has been to Thailand during the event must know how crazy it is there. Thai community here in Sydney celebrates its the occasion mildly. Officially, the word Songkran is not used at Thailand Grand Festival 2007 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour on 15th April. Traditionally, the key element of the event is about water: drizzling light perfume on a Buddha image, pouring water onto elders’ palms and water fight on the streets. It would be very messy and not look good if City of Sydney allowed water to be flushed away during the water crisis in Australia and it is hard to call Songkran without water taking part. A part from that, the organiser, Radio Thailand-Stage Management, tries to keep the community feels at home and interested Sydneysiders get amazed by having a Buddhist ceremony in the morning, stage entertainment in the afternoon and Thai food and craft all day long.

The day begins with the people gathering in front of the Buddha then Buddhist monks arrive and settle on the ceremonial stage. Led by the Master of Ceremony, they pray, chant and meditate. Although they have to strive for meditation in the strong sunny morning.

The Buddha

The Main Buddha Image

The Main Buddha Image

The Monks

Monks and the City

Monks leading the ceremony.

Camera Monk

A monk and a camera man in the Buddhist ceremony. The new Thai Consul-General is in the middle of the frame under the shade of a rainbow camera.

Prayers

Praying monks in the Buddhist ceremony.

Dhamakaya

A monk’s belongings: an alms-bowl and an offering-cloth. The the text in Thai and the graphic is Dhamakaya Foundation. They are a reformed Buddhism movement in Thailand.

The Followers

Pranom Pranom

People during the Buddhist ceremony.

The Offerings

One of the core practices in Theravada Buddhism is about merit-making and giving seems to be the easiest way for lay people to achieve the sake of next life. After the meditation session, the monks come off the stage to the people and grant them the chance to give their offerings.

Packaging

Food prepared as the offerings to the monks.

Interacting

The joy of give and take.

Collecting

Piles of food that has been offered to the monks.

The Worship

The morning ceremony is over. Some Buddhist traditions are in service in the afternoon.

Two Buddhas

After the Buddhist ceremony, the main Buddha image is moved inside Tumbalong Park.

Buddha Bath

Thai New Year tradition, bathing a Buddha image.

Revere

The main Buddha image for the crowd to come over and pay respect.

Thai community is one of many ethnic groups in the multicultural Sydney. The religious ceremony plays the essential role in the event and in reflecting their identity. The other parts are entertainments and socialising which we will be looking at them in the next post.

‘Pong