As the summer season heats up, Ventisi restaurant at Centara Grand at centralwOrld invites food lovers to cool down with the refreshing and unique Thai dish – Khao Chae.
Origins and History
Traditionally relished during the scorching summer months in Thailand, “khao chae” is a tantalizing and revitalizing dish that brings together an intricate mix of flavors and textures. This delicious Thai meal, whose name is derived from the words “khao” (rice) and “chae” (to soak), translates to “rice soaked in water” in English, accurately reflecting its primary components.
Tracing its origins to the Mon people, an ethnic group from Myanmar and Thailand, khao chae was initially prepared as a sacred offering to the gods during the Songkhran rites. These rites are part of a traditional Thai celebration that marks the onset of the lunar year. Over the years, khao chae gained prominence in the Thai royal court, eventually becoming a widely favored dish throughout the nation.
At the heart of khao chae is steamed rice, which is soaked in iced jasmine-scented water. This process imparts a delicate, enticing fragrance to the rice while keeping it refreshingly cool. The chilled rice is then served alongside a medley of carefully chosen accompaniments, epitomizing the sophisticated balance characteristic of Thai cuisine. Common side dishes include fried shrimp, sweet pork, and green mango, among other ingredients such as crispy fried shallots, sweet pickled radish, and aromatic herbs. Each element contributes its distinct flavor and texture, creating a delightful fusion of sweet, savory, spicy, and sour notes.
More than just a gastronomic delight, khao chae is also a reflection of Thai culture and history. Its beginnings in ancient religious practices and its subsequent adoption by the Thai royal court demonstrate the rich legacy that has influenced this one-of-a-kind dish. Today, khao chae remains a treasured summertime indulgence, offering a refreshing break from the heat and a mouthwatering exploration of the exquisite flavors and textures that define Thai cuisine.
Located on the 24th floor of the hotel, Ventisi offers diners the perfect opportunity to beat the heat and indulge in this delicious dish throughout April during our lunch and dinner buffets. Guests can enjoy the rich flavours and unique taste of Khao Chae for only THB 290 ++ per set.
This refreshing dish will be the perfect addition to any Songkran celebration, so don’t miss out on our special Khao Chae if you are celebrating in the city from 13-17 April.
The lunch buffet is available daily, priced at THB 1,355++ per adult (excluding beverages) and THB 677++ per child (6-11 years old) from 12:00 – 15:00 hrs. Themed buffets are available every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, priced at THB 1,590++ per person (Children, 6-11: THB 795++) from 18:00 – 22:30 hrs.
Ventisi restaurant is open every day from 06:30 to 22:30 hrs. for a la carte Thai and Italian menu service.