At this very moment there are hundreds of British products touching down on Thai soil for the first time. Yes, as tasty as Monty Python is weird, the annual food festival Taste of Britain is back at Central Food Hall Chidlom, CentralWorld, EastVille, and The Crystal. Here’s our countdown of the most positively British dishes on offer.
5. Blue Stilton Cheese on…anything
Blue cheese has been gaining popularity in Bangkok due to its delicious companions: cheese burgers and chicken wings. But that’s the unrefined American way to eat blue cheese and the Brits do it way better.
Across the pond, premium cheese like Blue Stilton Cheese from Cropwell Bishop is mixed with butter and paired with delicious cuts of steak. This imported UK cheese is rich, creamy and best eaten with Essential Waitrose Cheese Crackers. This only-made-in-the-UK cheese is so exclusive it’s only available at Central Food Hall Central Chidlom.
4. Jamie Oliver’s Spelt and Quinoa
Ok, so spelt and quinoa aren’t native to the British Isles but Jamie Oliver definitely is. This celebrity chef has been reinventing British cuisine with healthy alternatives for years now. His ready-to-eat meals of Sensational Sweet Chili Spelt and Super Tomato and Olive Quinoa are perfect for vegetarians or anyone who cares about health. They’re easy to make too, just microwave for a minute or mix up with salad. Weekday lunches, done!
3. A Packet of Crisps
Don’t you dare call them chips. Crisps and a pint are a typical British pairing (kind of like rainy weather and wellington boots) and you haven’t lived if you haven’t eaten salt and vinegar crisps until your tongue goes numb. Go on, try it. The Sea Salt & Aspall Cyder Vinegar crisps from Fairfield Farms are made with an old family recipe using Cox and Bramley English apples to give the cyder vinegar, and the crisps, the best flavor.
2. Fish and Chips
Escape to London Town with authentic deep fried cod, crispy chips and creamy tartar sauce at Central Food Hall CentralWorld. The battered fish is perfectly crunchy on the outside and flaky on the inside. With Taste of Britain’s imported ingredients you can recreate this winning combo at home – try Hellmann’s Garlic Mayonnaise and Essential Waitrose Cod Fillet Fish Fingers.
1. Tea and Scones
Start with Twining’s English Breakfast Tea. The tea from this iconic British tea merchant pairs perfectly with the scones from Petit Four. These fresh baked scones are so buttery and moist, you don’t even need anything to wash them down. But that wouldn’t be very British, now would it?
Add some jam to your scones to complete the dish. Try the age-old British recipe strawberry jam or orange marmalade by Thai Forest Products. There are no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors added. Twining’s, Petit Four and Thai Forest Products pop-up booths can be found at Central Food Hall at Central Chidlom and Central World.
Shop thousands of British products at Central Food Hall Chidlom, CentralWorld, EastVille, and The Crystal from now until March 29, 2016. Try exclusive items from Waitrose like organic English Garden Peas, Bourbon Cream Cookies and Orchard Fruits and Berries Muesli. Or stock up on favourites like Walker’s shortbread cookies.
Are you a proud member of The 1 Card? Everyone knows this card is the secret window to the best deals in Bangkok. Case in point: spend 400 THB or more on participating British products and get the chance to win a trip to London worth 195,115 THB.
You and your best mate could be flying British Airways to London and staying at The Landmark Hotel for 3 nights.
Spend 800 THB or more and you’ll also receive a limited edition Taste of Britain Cloth Bag, the perfect tote to carry your English groceries.
Taste of Britain will hit CentralFestival Pattaya Beach on March 18-20, 2016 with tons of special British products and a cooking show by a guest chef from Le Cordon Bleu.