London loves a pop-up, especially when there is food and friends involved. And, let’s face it, nothing signals that summer is coming more than gathering a group of friends and getting the alfresco drinks in.
Throw in some delicious “sharey dishes” (as my friends and I like to call them…), and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect Saturday.
If April’s two-day heat wave whet your appetite for warmer climes, Chang Beer is taking us on a little culinary trip to Thailand this May, by way of Shoreditch, when the Chang Sensory Trails make their way into town. Bringing together eight of London’s most-loved Thai restaurants, each respective head chef is serving up their signature dishes, so you can take a satay-fuelled food tour, Chang in hand (of course).
I dropped by Nipa, the Bayswater restaurant and favourite eatery of the Thai royal family when visiting, to get a taste of what to expect.
Head chef, Sanguan, has worked in the kitchens here for over 20 years and has created a menu that can truly be described as authentic. It’s a word so bandied about but what you get here, she says, is what you’d expect to eat in Thailand. That means no rogue carrots, or off-piste recipe interpretations. And certainly no ketchup!
We entrust her to select some of her own favourite dishes, and await to see what arrives at the table…
The hero dish is Sanguan’s phad thai, with all the authentic flavours of tamarind, Asian dried shrimp, and zesty lime. So good, it carries her namesake in the menu. This is the signature dish you’ll find from Nipa on the menu at this year’s Chang Sensory Trails.
See you there?!
The Chang Sensory Trails make their way to London on 12th May at Last Days of Shoreditch. For more information, head over to the official events page.
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This post is sponsored by Chang (@changbeeruk)