THAI TERRE BLOG
POSTED BY Thai Terre | December 1, 2015
Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way, we know that the whole of Britain is going to be gearing up for Christmas, and that’s certainly true in the South Downs’ favourite Thai restaurant, Thai Terre. As you may remember from a previous blog , most Thai people are Buddhist, but Buddhism is very accepting of other cultures and religious beliefs, and we love a celebration as much as the next man. In fact, if you check back here in December, our next blog will be about just that!
However, December is a time of celebration in Thailand for other reasons as well. December 5th will be the eighty-eighth birthday of King BhumibolAdulyadej, who holds a special place in the hearts of his people for the service he has provided to them in his sixty-nine year reign. On this day Thai people will adorn their houses with the Thai flag, hold ceremonies and prayers for the king, and many people will decorate their houses and streets with yellow flowers and wear yellow clothing, as this is the king’s colour. In the capital of Bangkok people will take to the streets in celebration, and the evening will see fireworks displays up and down the country.Because King BhumibolAdulyadej ...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | October 15, 2015
POSTED BY Thai Terre | October 4, 2015
We’ve had a couple of big birthdays in the Thai Terre team recently (no, we’re not going to admit how big) and it’s got us thinking about how birthdays are celebrated
differently in Thailand to the UK.
For example, in Thailand people wouldn’t traditionally buy one another birthday gifts (though Western influence means this is becoming more common); instead, for a child’s birthday parents will pay tribute to the gods by purchasing birds, fish or turtles to the same number as the child’s age, plus one extra to bring luck in the coming year. The child will sprinkle the tribute with blessed water before setting them free in the air or water.
Among adults, when Thai people do give gifts it is usually the birthday girl or boy who gives away small presents, or pays for a party and drinks for all their friends and family. Again, though, Western customs are becoming more widely accepted in Thailand and if you do buy a gift for a Thai friend they are likely to be pleased, though you shouldn’t use black, blue or green paper as these are mourning colours. Don’t be d...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | July 13, 2015
In Thai Terre’s last blog we told you all about our home country of Thailand, but let’s get down to the real reason we’re here: Thai food. We love to cook it, and we just know you’re going to love to eat it.
One of the key qualities of Thai dishes is the aroma. Our food should be as pleasing to the nose as it is to the mouth, and aromatic ingredients such as coconut, lemongrass, lime, and traditional blends of herbs and spices form the basis of many dishes. It is vital to use the freshest and best quality ingredients so that the subtle interplay of flavours is not lost. Think of Thai food as an orchestra: different instruments being played at different pitches to create a symphony of taste.
Unsurprisingly, rice is the most common ingredient, and different varieties and recipes of rice dishes are served at nearly every meal, though noodles are popular as well. In fact, the Thai word khao means both ‘food’ and ‘rice’. A Thai meal typically consists of a host of dishes all served at the same time and shared among the diners, with lots of variety.
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POSTED BY Thai Terre | June 24, 2015
When your friend or family member says to you, ‘Let’s go out this weekend. We could go to Thai Terre in East Dean. Do you like Thai food?’ do you suffer a moment’s panic because you don’t know whether you do or not? Do you wallow in guilt because you couldn’t even point to Thailand on a map? Well fret and wallow no more – in the spirit of multiculturalism and sharing knowledge, Thai Terre is delighted to tell you about our (other) home.
Thailand is in Southeast Asia, and shares borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. It has a population of 67 million, 14 million of whom live in the capital of Bankok.
The country is ruled in a similar way to the UK; His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is head of state, and a prime minister and government act on his behalf, though the king is far more involved with the day-to-day running of the country than the British queen is with her country.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist. Buddhists don’t believe in a deity or god in the same way as many other religions, but instead follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Buddhists believe that by following the teachings of Buddha, leading a simple and moral life...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | April 13, 2015
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POSTED BY Thai Terre | April 13, 2015
Monday 13th April is a special day for the staff at Thai Terre restaurant and for all the Thai people living in East Dean and the Eastbourne area, as it is the beginning of Thai New Year.
Although the official New Year in Thailand is January 1st, along with the rest of the world, traditionally New Year (Songkran) in Thailand is celebrated in mid-April when the sun moves from the zodiac sign of Pisces into that of Aries.
So will we all be reaching for novelty hats and party poppers? Well… not exactly. Thai New Year is celebrated a bit differently. It represents a time of cleansing and spiritual renewing. On the day before Songkran everyone will tidy their homes and throw away all their rubbish, or risk bad luck in the year ahead.
On the first day of Songkran, particular attention is given to the ritual cleaning of images of Buddha. During the Songkran festival itself, younger Thai people will pay respect to their elders by sprinkling scented water onto their hands, while the younger people will ‘help’ each other wash away all the bad experiences of the previous year by throwing water over one another and shooting each other with water pistols. Having water thrown ove...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | March 10, 2015
The Thai Terre restaurant staff have been thinking recently about tradition, customs and politeness, and how easy it is to give offence by accident. We’ve learned a lot about English manners – no doubt with a few bumps along the way, but we’re sure you’ll forgive us – and thought it was about time we shared not just Thai food and our restaurant with you, but a little of our culture as well. In Western culture it is traditional to shake hands with someone as a mark of respect – historically it showed that you were not holding a weapon. This may not be relevant today, particularly in East Dean, yet it is still a big part of British culture. In Thailand, instead of shaking hands you would offer the wai. This would be initiated by the junior person: a child to a parent; an employee to their employer; a younger person to an older person or a guest to their host. It is performed by placing the palms of your hands together with your fingers pointing upwards (as if you are praying), then bowing your face to touch your fingertips. While doing this, a man will say the words ‘sawatdi khrap’, while a woman will say ‘sawatdi kha’, which loosely translates as ‘well-being’...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | February 10, 2015
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, love is in the air in East Dean, and the staff at Thai Terre, the South Downs’ premier Thai restaurant, are looking forward to welcoming all the happy couples. Romance in Thai culture is very different to that in the West. For example, do you hold hands with your partner or wrap an arm around their shoulders when taking a walk? In Thailand it is not advisable to do this – it is taboo to touch a woman in public and the woman may be judged to be ‘easy’. It is acceptable, however, for a woman to hold a man’s arm. Do you want a romantic table for two? In Thailand you might want to book a larger table as it is common for a young lady to bring a friend, sibling or even her whole family with her. This is done not only to reassure the woman with the presence of one or more chaperones, but also so that her nearest and dearest have the chance to meet you and advise her on your suitability. Don’t talk to them more than you need to, though. You may think you’re being polite, but if you pay more attention to her companion than to your date, they might think you fancy them instead! Finally, if a Thai woman invites you to dinner to meet h...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | January 8, 2015
Something that you will have noticed if you live in a tourist or coastal area such as Eastbourne, Beachy Head or East Dean is the way that, as soon as September 1st rolls around and the tourists begin to head home, everything starts to slow down. At first it’s great – you don’t get stuck in traffic any more, you can park on the shoreline or outside your favourite restaurant again, and having the beach to yourself is a real treat. But then the cafes and restaurants in Eastbourne begin to shut their doors for winter; the boat trips stop; the museums and attractions are only open at weekends, if at all, and it starts to feel a bit lonely. However, there’s still lots to do in East Sussex, even in the winter. The Seaford Museum is open every Sunday; Towner, the contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne, remains open Tuesday–Sunday; Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne has some excellent shows over the coming months; and Eastbourne Bandstand is hosting several free concerts over the Christmas period. If you are more interested in the natural beauty of Beachy Head and the South Downs, there are also many walks you can take in the area. What could be better than a bracing walk arou...