One of the things I look forward to here in KL are the ASEAN Ladies’ Circle (ALC) coffee mornings. I’ve attended two so far: the one hosted by Vietnam last August and the one hosted by the Thai Embassy this September. I intended to write about the Vietnam coffee morning but I only had a few photos (I was such an excited newbie) from that one so I decided to proceed with the latest event ALC had.
Madame Korbhiat Kraichitti, the wife of the Thai Ambassador, was such a gracious host and the Thai ladies (both from the Embassy and the community in KL) obviously worked hard to put the event together which was a great success. We all went home knowing more about Thai culture than we did upon entering the Thai Embassy – all that while thoroughly enjoying ourselves.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking, shall I?
It’s sad to see Madame Kraichitti go as during my first few ALC events, she was always so welcoming and sweet – not just to me, but to everyone in the group.
After the formalities, we were all given a chance to learn more about Thai Massages. More than just for relaxation, Thai massages are said to have healing properties when done to the body regularly.
While waiting for lunch to be served at the Ambassador’s residence (which is just next door to the Embassy), we had the pleasure of trying Miang Kham as an appetiser.
I love the shrimp paste and how it enhanced the flavours of the ginger and shallots. We have something similar to it in the Philippines called bagoong which I love eating with green mangoes.
Thai food is just so colourful and fragrant that I often take my time admiring how it’s presented right before digging in. The taste rarely disappoints as well. The last time I was in Bangkok, I went on a major food trip along the streets of Pratunam and had so much food, I ended up overeating – without even breaking the bank. Street food in Thailand is always, ALWAYS a must.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to take photos of the buffet. I left my camera behind at the dining table and it’s kind of impossible to take photos when I’m using both my hands to get me some authentic Thai food. 😉 Aside from learning more about Thai dance and massage, I went home with a cleared up sinus thanks to the really spicy food. My tolerance for spice is kind of low but I am always willing to gulp more water just to experience Thai dishes with their unique flavour. 😉