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Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & SpaMore than 400 years ago, in a place first called Junk Ceylon, then Chalang, later Thalang, and today Phuket, Premchit Prateep Na Thalang’s ancestors began trading rainforest herbs, spices, oils and woods with English merchants, including those who established the British East India Company in 1600.

And so began the known journey of her family, who has lived with nature, harvesting, trading, eating, dispensing and using rainforest plants of southern Thailand for more than 12 generations.

On the evening of Friday 26th October 2012, Premchit Prateep Na Thalang was honored to hold a Secret Na Thalang Dinner at JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa. The cuisine which was presented to guests was representative of the Thalang Era, and was as enjoyed by Premchit’s ancestors Thao Thep Kasatri and Thao Sri Sunthon, the Heroines of the Batle of Thalang, in 1785.

The dinner took guests on an exotic culinary journey, allowing them to travel back through time, to the cuisine of old southern Siam, to the rainforest cuisine of Premchit’s ancestors, to experience a unique symphony of the senses, sublime, surprising, satisfying and enjoyable.

Below is some feedback from this very special event:

Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
I’m very happy to be able to present this Na Thalang dinner at the resort tonight. It’s a very special event which is close to my heart. We class this food as wild food, as all the ingredients come from the rainforest, jungle and the Phuket beaches or Phuket Sea. This is Thai food as it was 250 years ago and it has been passed down a family through the centuries and has finally landed in our hotel.
Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
We’ve had a wonderful evening at the JW Phuket. This was the first of our Na Thalang Secret Dinners and Chef Premchit and Khun Norman presented a wonderful 13 course menu developed from fresh ingredients from the rainforests. It was wonderful evening with fantastic dishes, which also had great stories behind them.
Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Tonight at JW Marriot Phuket we had the opportunity to present cuisine which comes from recipes more than 250 years old. As host of the event it’s always a great pleasure to be able to share these recipes with people as nowadays it’s not easy to find the real ancestral rainforest cuisine, and that’s what guest here got to enjoy tonight. I thought it was great, and say that everybody should come and try it.
Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
We always try to create memorable events for our gusts, not only by feeding them, but also educating them about the food so they can take something special home with them. Tonight was the perfect event for them to do that as this dinner was so unique and you will only be able to experience it at the JW Marriott Phuket. Personally i thought the whole thing was amazing.
Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
This event tonight has been so interesting. I personally don’t know very much about Thai herbs and local Thai food but tonight has taught me a lot. The food not only tastes good, it’s also good for your health and is very interesting. It’s been a great event.
Na Thalang Secret Dinner at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Today I feel very happy that so many people have come out to try my food, which has been passed down to me by my ancestors. I really want to keep this food alive as it comes from my heart and is cooked with passion. It’s really nice to see people go home smiling after they’ve eaten all my food that has been on their plates.

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