What We're Reading: Rachael

Posted on the 31st January 2013 by Lindsay

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Chinese New Year: Singapore at Random

Posted on the 31st January 2013 by Lindsay

FUSION YUSHENG

 

Yusheng is a raw fish salad eaten during Chinese New Year in Singapore to usher in prosperity. However, don't mistake this for a tradition that was started by the Chinese forefathers.Yusheng was in fact created and made popular in the 1960s among the Singapore Chinese community who thought the tossing of the ingredients would bring good luck and abundance.

A typical yusheng dish consists of thinly sliced raw fish, julienned carrot, cucumber, radish, sesame seeds and crackers, all tossed in a plum sauce. Thanks to globalisation and adventurous tastebuds, some very original varieties of yusheng have been created:

  • Peranakan yusheng - with jellyfish and belacan sauce
  • Tandoori salmon yusheng - with tandoori salmon and chutney
  • Japanese sashimi yusheng - with a sashimi selection, marinated seaweed and ponzu
  • Wagyu beef yusheng - with wagyu beef and soya sauce mixed with sesame oil
  • Yusheng pizza - yusheng on a pizza base
  • Thai yusheng - with green papaya, mango and pomelo, accompanied by a spicy sauce of tamarind, gula melaka, lime juice, fish sauce and chilli
  • Tropical fruit yusheng with lobster and baby abalone - with lobster, baby abalone, salmon, rambutan, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, mango and jackfruit
  • Sichuan yusheng - with octopus, Norwegian caviar, jellyfish, fresh prawns, abalone and salmon

What We're Reading: Lindsay

Posted on the 28th January 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Antoine

Posted on the 24th January 2013 by Lindsay

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Chinese New Year Lunch

Posted on the 24th January 2013 by Lindsay

On Tuesday all the EDM staff headed to LeVeL33 for lunch to celebrate an early Chinese New Year. We all had a lovely meal and enjoyed the magnificent view.

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From left: Siok Ai, Lani, Seok, Lisa, Bobby, KC and Tim

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Panoramic view from LeVeL33
Photo: Pascal Chan


What We're Reading: Farokh

Posted on the 22nd January 2013 by Lindsay

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Friday's Thai Fact

Posted on the 11th January 2013 by Lindsay

A Brief History of Red Bull

 

  • Krating Dang, which means "red bull" in Thai, is the name of the popular energy drink created by Chaleo Yoovidhaya in 1975.
  • In 1984, Chaleo partnered with an Austrian business man, Dietrich Matschitz, to launch the energy drink in Austria under the brand name "Red Bull".
  • Internationally, Red Bull uses slightly different ingredients than the product sold in Thailand. Red Bull in Thailand is not carbonated.
  • The amount of caffeine in a 250 ml can of the international Red Bull is 80 mg, which is less caffeine than is found in an average 250 ml cup of coffee. However, Thai law stipulates that caffeine in energy drinks cannot exceed 50 mg per container.
  • Red Bull is banned in some countries, such as Uruguay and Iceland, due to the quantity of caffeine and taurine.
  • Before his death in March 2012 Chaleo Yoovidhaya was ranked as Forbes as the world's 205th richest man, with assets worth more than US$5 billion.

Thursday's Thai Fact

Posted on the 10th January 2013 by Lindsay

The Lone Winter Olympian


Prawat Nagvajara, a 43-year-old Thai professor residing in Pennsylvania at the time, took part in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the only representative of Thailand and the country's first-ever participant in the Winter Games. Prawat originally participated in the 30 km cross-country skiing race, but was disqualified after being lapped. He then finished 68th out of 71 racers in the 1.5 km sprint. In 2006, he again represented Thailand. He first saw snow when he was 18 years old.


Thailand at Random

Posted on the 8th January 2013 by Lindsay

Every day this week we will be featuring a little known fact about Thailand from EDM's book, Thailand at Random. See if you learn something new.

 

The Original Siamese Twins


The conjoined twins Eng and Chan were born in 1811 in Samut Songkram province. In 1824, Robert Hunter, an English trader saw them swimming in a river. Famous American missionary, Dr Dan Beach Bradley, gave the following account of that first encounter: "It was a creature that appeared to have two heads, four arms, and four legs, all of which were moving in perfect harmony. As Mr Hunter watched, the object climbed into a nearby boat, and to his amazement he realised he had been looking at two small boys who were joined together at the chest." The twins were born with their livers fused but a later study found that they both functioned independently. Modern technology would have easily separated them.

Hunter took the two boys in 1829 to perform in P.T. Barnum's circus in the United States and Europe as the "Siamese twins". (In Siam, they had been called the "Chinese twins" due to their Chinese heritage.) In 1839, they settled in North Carolina with the intention of living normal lives; they bought slaves and successfully managed a tobacco plantation. They adopted the last name "Bunker" and became American citizens. They married the Yates sisters, Sarah and Adelaide. After sharing the same bed for a time, the two women eventually lived in separate houses and the twins split their time between the two. Eng and Sarah had 11 children. Chan and Adelaide had 10.

In 1874, Chan contracted pneumonia and died. Waking up to find his dead brother, Eng refused any attempt to save his life and died a couple of hours later. Their fused livers are kept at Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. In 2011, more than 200 of their descendants reunited in North Carolina for the 200th birthday of the twins.

 


Wednesday's Thai Fact

Posted on the 8th January 2013 by Lindsay

The Giant Crocodile Hunt


In 1964, a giant man-eating crocodile was the subject of sensational headlines in local tabloids. Known as Ai Dang, the massive crocodile devoured a man in Klong Bangmut in Chumphon province. The name Ai Dang (which means "spotted") came from its mottled appearance: the black croc had a white stripe on its neck.

Hunters set out to kill the crocodile several times without success. Some managed to shoot Ai Dang, but the reptile survived. Finally, three C3 clay bombs were dropped into the water, and when Ai Dang emerged in reaction to the explosions, one of the hunters shot the crocodile through its neck with a harpoon. The crocodile's remains were were sold for 23,000 baht, preserved and displayed at freak shows. From head to tail, the crocodile measured 4.25 metres, with a waist of 1.75 metres. When wide open, its mouth was 20 inches wide. Two human skulls and numerous bones were found inside the crocodile's stomach.

The magnificent story of the hunt for Ai Dang has been adapted into to films, released in 1988 and 2005.