Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cheers to Good Health!

Did you know that Thai food is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines that you can eat?

Many Thai dishes contain an abundance of immunity boosting and disease fighting ingredients such as turmeric, galangal, coriander, lemongrass and fresh chilies. Even coconut milk is believed to lower bad cholesterol and help fight against aging.

The cancer pattern in Asians, particularly Southeast Asians is considerably low, especially when compared with other Western and European countries. In particular, Thais have a lower occurrence of digestive tract cancers than members of other countries.

Three universities in Japan and Thailand did a study with the results showering that Thai food is one hundred times more effective in inhibiting cancerous tumor growth than other foods, and several other Thai dishes are being studied to evaluate their health benefits. One food that particularly appears to stand out from a health point is Thai soup…namely from an ingredient standpoint, Tom Yum soup.

Luckily for all of you who are watching your health out there, I regularly teach a soup course featuring Tom Kha Gai soup which is mildly spicy made with chicken, lime leaves, lemongrass and coconut milk; a Tom Yum Goong soup which is a hot and sour soup made with shrimp, galangal, lemongrass, kiffer lime leaves, lime juice and cilantro, and lastly Gang Jeud Woon Sen which is a non-spicy, clear broth with an abundance of vegetables. The lemongrass, kiffer lime leaves, lime juice and cilantro used in the recipes generally comes straight from my backyard…fresh, organic and natural.

Call or email us to sign up for a soup class today, it’s for your health!

Chef Saithong
(650) 492-5EAT

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