US TV chef Tommy Tang whips up tangy Thai creations
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.
Tang (left) and Rachamankha Hotel owner Rooj Changtrakul (right) after the
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
Tang (right) with his assistant, Supawat Suwannakoson, the Rachamankha Hotel
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
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
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
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
YMCA Chiang Mai founder dies of cancer
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 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
Northern province to import
more cows to meet meat demand
Better on the hoof than in the
deep-freeze say officials
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
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
“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!