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US TV chef Tommy Tang whips up tangy Thai creations

Night at the opera enthralls music aficionados

Grand Opera on a ‘mini’ scale


Northern province to import more cows to meet meat demand

US TV chef Tommy Tang whips up tangy Thai creations

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Tommy Tang, the TV chef from the program “Let’s get Cooking” gave a demonstration of his innovative culinary talents with Thai cuisine at the newly opened Rachamankha Hotel on Rachamankha Road, Soi 9.

Tommy Tang (left) and Rachamankha Hotel owner Rooj Changtrakul (right) after the demonstration.

In conjunction with the hotel’s chef, Supawat Suwannakoson, Tommy Tang prepared four dishes, including pounded pork, prawn soup, galanga paste and New Zealand lamb chops.


After the demonstration, the dinner was served to the expectant onlookers, with the compliments of Rooj Changtrakul, the owner of the hotel.

Tommy Tang (right) with his assistant, Supawat Suwannakoson, the Rachamankha Hotel chef (left).

Tommy Tang was born in Bangkok, but moved to the United States in 1972 to seek his fortune and explore life. He became a celebrated cook because of his long-running cooking series on American television. He owns many Thai restaurants called “Tommy Tang’s” in the United States, renowned for serving many unique and tasty Thai dishes.

Tommy Tang is considered the godfather of this immensely popular Southeast Asian cuisine and one of the most respected and diversely successful culinary experts in the United States today.

Night at the opera enthralls music aficionados

Jiraphat Warasin and Vincent Leutwiler (student trainee)

It was a wonderful “night at the opera” when American pianist Bennett Lerner and soprano Sheilagh Angpiroj performed at the Gong Dee Studio on July 10 on the occasion of Payap University’s 30th anniversary.

Sheilagh Angpiroj, soprano, and Bennett Lerner, pianist at the recital.

They performed works by Stefano Donaudy, including “Spirate pur, spirate” and “Luoghi serene e cari”, Ottorino Respighi’s “I faune”, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Sterbelied”, songs from Christopher Berg including “Whistler” and Francis Poulenc’s “La Dame de Monte Carlo”.

Lerner is a well known in America for his performances of “new music”. He has five recordings under his belt. His latest, “Music By My Friends”, was released earlier this year. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the City University of New York and Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Lerner has been living in Thailand for the past 14 years and teaches at Payap University’s music department.

Sheilagh Angpiroj has much experience as a soloist in opera and oratorio. She is well known for her recitals of classical songs and for her participation in opera and chamber concerts. In the last couple of years she gave concerts with several famous musicians such as harpist Judy Utley and classical guitarist Philippe Villa. She began her collaboration with Lerner 10 years ago and they have performed to great acclaim.

Grand Opera on a ‘mini’ scale

First in - best dressed!

Dr. Howard C. Graves Jnr.

Everybody is invited to the inaugural meeting of ‘The Chiangmai Grand Opera Society’ on Sunday, July 18 at 7.30 p.m. at the home of Dr. Howard C. Graves, Jnr., Apt 1022, Hillside Plaza 4, 50/24 Huaykaew Road, Chiangmai.

The invitation is open to the first 20 adults that respond positively either by telephone 053 219 683 or by email [email protected] Should there be more than 20 respondents, those names will be kept in the order of receipt and some method of selection for future evenings will be devised.

The purpose of this society is to view DVD’s and CD’s of grand opera performances on a 53 inch plasma screen TV, a DVD player and a reasonable sound system. If you are lucky to be amongst the first 20, bring whatever you wish to drink during the evening - Dr. Howard will supply suitable glasses, ice and water.

It is not yet decided which opera will be the “Opening Night” performance.


YMCA Chiang Mai founder dies of cancer

Saksit Meesubkwang

Sir Worakit Kantakalang, the founder of YMCA Chiang Mai and former honorary consul of Sweden in Chiang Mai passed away from cancer, on June 26 in the Lanna Hospital in the city. He was 59. The funeral service took place on June 30.

Sir Worakit

Sir Worakit established YMCA Chiang Mai in 1969 and held the post of secretary-general of the association.

He was born in Muang district on September 11, 1945 and was honorary consul of Sweden between 1991-2002 when he was knighted, First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.

He was also the founder of the YMCA Foundation for Northern Development, Y Development Co., and served on several committees of agencies and institutions in the northern region.

Sir Worakit is survived by his wife Yuwadee, son Deekitch and daughter Woradee.

Northern province to import more cows to meet meat demand

Better on the hoof than in the deep-freeze say officials

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Mae Hong Son province plans to import more live cows to reduce the amount of beef that needs to be imported as dead meat. Governor Suphot Laowansiri has said importing more cows from Bangladesh, to raise domestically, is one of his strategic plans.

Mae Hong Son government officials and businessmen went to Myanmar and Bangladesh in May, negotiating to buy more cattle for the province.

About 5,000 cows a month could be imported, to be rested in confinement areas for quarantine inspection, vaccination and control by provincial livestock officials, before being sent to the abattoirs and markets in Chiang Mai and other cities.

Assoc. Prof. Prasert Chanyasuparb, lecturer in the Economic and Cooperatives Department at Maejo University, said at present Thailand imports between 7,000-8,000 tons of beef from Australia annually.

He noted that Thailand has a limitation of good beef production, and that the Mae Hong Son provincial authorities are now promoting cattle raising, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

“It should support more cattle raising domestically because there is a demand of tens of thousands of cows but the country produces only 9,000 cows per year. Thailand should produce more beef instead of importing it,” he said.

One hopes they are going to breed from these cows before sending them to the abattoirs!