Guests can experience responsible farm-to-table dining with visits to local fishing villages, markets and organic producers, plus the opportunity to savour delicious healthy cuisine.
Thailand’s homegrown luxury boutique hotel Aleenta Hua Hin, is kickstarting its new Culinary Series with a sustainable dining concept on Thailand’s golden gulf coast, which aims to showcase the finest and freshest produce from the land and the sea.
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort in Pranburi, the award-winning luxury boutique retreat nestled directly on the sandy shore, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the expert chefs focus on creating delectable dishes using organically grown produce and locally sourced seafood.
As part of the Culinary Series, guests will be able to savour these exquisite ingredients in a series of special dishes, which are designed to be both nutritious and delicious. And to enhance the guests’ connection with their cuisine even further, Aleenta Hua Hin will allow diners to discover exactly where the chefs source their produce with experiential trips to neighbourhood farms and fishing villages.
The first culinary speciality being showcased at Aleenta Hua Hin is barbecue squid, a simple yet sublime recipe from Chef Thitipong Worakham, who is fondly known as “Chef M”. Most mornings, Chef M visits the small fishing village of Pak Nam Pran, where the Pranburi River flows into the sea and bountiful fishing grounds lie just offshore. The seafood sold here is straight off the boat, and squid is a speciality.
Guests can now join Chef M on his morning mission to the buy the latest catch, haggling with the friendly fishermen to get the best squid for the optimum price, and taking in all the stimulating sights, sounds and smells of this captivating coastal community.
On the way back to the resort, guests will also stop at a small-scale farm to select out-of-the-ground vegetables to accompany the menus, before visiting the Aleenta Hua Hin’s own organic herb garden. Chef M will then cook up his heavenly barbecued squid for the guests, served with organic brown rice. Alternatively, Chef M’s steamed Pak Nam Pran squid with spicy lime sauce is another must-try!
Both of these sensational seafood plates are perfectly accompanied by the resort’s signature summertime drink: Ginger and Pineapple Shandy. This cool concoction combines traditional Thai rice liquor with ginger, mint, pineapple puree and sugar syrup, topped with beer. As many of these ingredients are sourced in-house or locally, guests will be able to follow this refreshing beverage from the ground to the glass.