On conference lunches

Food at conferences can be one of the talking points among delegates, and the target on unfavourable comments on evaluation forms. But no complaints here. Am impressed that at lunch each day we don’t do the buffet shuffle, but sit at round tables. And are served 6 or 8 very good Thai dishes. Some familiar, some not. Always a soup at the centre of the ‘lazy Susan’ – tom yung khung (the spicy prawn soup) the first day, tom kha gai (coconut chicken) the next, and something different, the name of which I’ve forgotten, today. And after the main dishes have been cleared it’s time for polimai and kanom – fruit & sweetmeats. Though today the little cakes were replaced by that extraordinary dish of egg custard baked inside a pumpkin. Yummy.

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