Authentic Thai food or a swat from Auntie
According to Monday’s New York Times, a new robot to check the authenticity of Thai food has been developed by the government of Thailand. Yingluck Shinawatra, the former woman prime minister, says there are too many restaurants around the world serving Thai food that is bland and not authentic. This $100,000 machine, to be deployed in embassies, will taste global Thai restaurant fare to determine whether it's real Thai food or something made up by foreign (called “farang” in Thai) chefs.
I don’t need a robot to taste my Thai cooking. Here’s why. I was brought up in Bangkok by a strict aunt who taught me how to use ingredients like tamarind, basil, chili or fish sauce in the tradition of Thai home cooking,. My cooking, by age ten, had to be “delicious” and it had to be authentic or I would get a good swat from the back of auntie’s hand during her angry fit at my cooking.
So now when I’m cooking from our mobile trailer in Lewisbug, a tasting “app” or robot is'nt necessary. The memory of a sharp slap from auntie comes back the moment I deviate from authentic Thai cooking. It always works and it doesn’t cost ten grand.
Karl conducting a horse & surrey tour
Saturday afternoon was a busy time at our Chantanthai food trailer. Karl arrived around two o'clock with his horse and surrey in order give rides to our customers. They were having a good time at a "social gathering" until the local police broke up the party later in the afternoon apparently because of a violation of the new town ordinance regulating parties by Bucknell students.
Before this, however, dozens of students enjoyed riding our restored antique surrey pulled by our faithful Mercedez. Karl has always had horses since he was a boy growing up in Mifflinburg and for him, the event not only allowed him to return to his childhood but also enjoy the company of our Bucknell customers with whom we both have such a close affinity. As a former newspaper editor in Lewisburg, Karl knows a lot about the history of the town and the University which he includes in his historic tours. He also plays music during these tours, such as "Surrey With A Fringe On Top" from the famous musical Oklahoma. It was a pleasant interlude for lots of our customers and we hope to do more of this during the coming year. Anyone wanting to book a tour for friends, families etc. give us a call.
Porta Pottie Brigade
Last weekend was a busy time in Lewisburg. It also had its unique moments. Aside from all the wonderful people who came by to welcome me back to the ChantanaThai food trailer, the Friday evening presence of Porta Pottie brigades of students carrying these modernized "outhouses" to various locations for the next day's parties was a hilarious sight. A new borough ordinance requires all parties of more than 75 people to rent a Porta Pottie for their social gatherings. Students who planned parties for Saturday were consequently offloading these cumbersome contraptions from pick-up trucks and carrying them to their intended final location. For better or for worse,heavy rains on Saturday forced many of the fraternities to swtich their gatherings to their offiial houses where modern plumbing is available. As the Frenh would say, "tant pis"....pun not intended.
He didn't murder me
In a book by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, an angry and jilted wife sets up an elaborate series of clues suggesting she has been murdered by her philandering husband and then she disappears, leaving him to be a candidate for murder charges. I won't tell you the ending because the movie version is due out soon.
A volatile political situation with two major revolutions in my country of Thailand during the past six months created problems I've written about in previous blogs. Now, I'm back in Lewisburg with my Thai food trailer and happy to be working again with so many friends.
I'll be at the trailer five days a week and have set up a delivery system for those who want anything from our menu brought to their dorm, fraternity/sorority, home or office. Just call and place the order and we'll have it to you usually within 20 minutes at the most.
In short, my husband, Karl,did not murder me and I'm not the permanently Gone Girl. Glad to be back! Chantana.