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Vacation time

June 12, 2012

June is the early vacation time in northern Europe, and the upcoming Midsummer is a sacred feast. Midsummer occurs during the Thai green season (May-October) which is the season for many perennial vegetables, while the annual vegetables prefer the cool season (November-February).


Lunch at Dokmai Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cold and hot home-made and home-grown rosella drinks (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Thai omelette with Dokmai Garden duck eggs and stuffed with our own organic vegetables such as shallot and camembert leaf (Acacia pennata), a noodle dish with generous additions of vegetables, fried vegetables of the season and our signature dish ‘Nived surprise’: a red curry with chicken fillet and dried strips of our organic kaffir lime leaves. In May and early June we may at times offer this dish supplemented with Thai truffles (please order ahead). Jasmine rice is most suitable for such a dish.

Text: Eric Danell

Photo: Liz Morrell

8 Comments leave one →
  1. David Cooke permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:37 PM

    ok I reserve place for 2 next year!

  2. Sastry permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:50 PM

    Looks and the description sounds very inviting, especially the organic part is good for health conscious persons

    • June 13, 2012 3:32 PM

      Yes, there should be no contradiction between healthy and tasty.


  3. June 13, 2012 2:57 AM

    Hi, interesting to see the “new name” “camembert leaf”, for Acacia pennata subspecies insauvis. This plant is being sold here at the markets under its Thai name: Chaom. Tentative English names are: “omelette plant” or “stinky bush”. It is an absolute garden menace if grown under inappropriate conditions and as such will strangle all nearby trees. Once here there was a prophet of profit who sold it as the new money tree. Many nurseries fell for this scam.

    • June 13, 2012 3:34 PM

      Yes, this Acacia and A. concinna can both grow like vines and strangle trees. We grow them as low shrubs, eternally pruned, straight on a flat piece of soil. No chance for them to reach adjacent vegetation. This is one of my favourite Thai vegetables!


  4. June 24, 2012 5:12 AM

    Acacia omelette is a favourite of mine too. I miss all the wonderful variety of Thai vegetables, though, and really look forward to coming back and shopping daily in the market. I shall be particularly pleased to return this year, as the spring and summer weather have not been kind to my vegetable garden here in northern France.

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