Introducing Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice
Over mid-April Spekko teamed up with The Royal Thai Embassy at The Taste of Cape Town Festival to stage a unique Thai Taste Experience.
The Spekko “pop-up” tasting kitchen was manned by flamboyant Chef Kuan Lai from Kronendal Estate’s Kitima Restaurant. Cooking his top 5 Thai recipes, Chef Kuan Lai introduced one of Spekko’s newest “family members” – Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice.
This rice is imported from Thailand, which is known as the best jasmine rice producer in the world. With a perfect mix of fertile soil, climate and rice growing technology, Royal Umbrella’s jasmine rice beats the taste test of the most discerning rice lovers. Royal Umbrella Premium Quality Jasmine Rice has been voted several times as “Best rice in the wold”.
Spekko Rice has been partnering with the Royal Thai Embassy for some years at events such as the Taste of Cape Town. This year over 20 000 foodies visited this show. Traditionally it features the top 16 restaurants in the relevant city.
This year Spekko was in good company. Some of the restaurants featured at the show included The Pot Luck Club with Chef Luke Dale Roberts; Signature from The Cape Grace; 96 Winery Road; The Brasserie; De Grendel restaurant; Fyndraai from Solms Delta, Bruce Robertson’s The Boathouse and La Colombe – amongst others.
Clearly the new “Reza Mahammad” on the block, Chef Kuan Lai is clearlyboth a fabulous cook, as well as a showman of note. Audiences loved him, he impressed us all with his endorsement of the Spekko brand and he cooks like an angel.
Recipes cooked, included:
- Red chicken curry
- Tom Yum Goong
- Roast duck red curry (GhangPhedPed Yang)
- A version of Pad Thai Goong Sod – but with the thin rice noodles replaced by Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmin.
Spekko Rice, together with the Royal Thai Embassy, gave away 500 Plum magazines, 500 Plum magazine subscriptions an all expenses trip for 2 to Thailand – plus of course, the first samples of the new Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice (1kg).
Rare blue orchids were imported from Thailand for the event, and served both as decoration around the stand, and as gifts to audience members.