Koh Yao Noi Family Recipes for Riceberry
Meet Khun Mina, a charming hostess, cook, and grandmother, is a friend to every visitor to her modest home on a small island in southern Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea. Her home on Koh Yao Noi, surrounded by rice paddies and roaming water buffalos, is also a wonderful Thai cooking school. Khun Mina loves to entice her customers with the secrets of her family recipes that unlock the smells and tastes of true southern Thai delicacies. This wise lady also imparts life lessons by sharing her passion for growing and preparing fresh, healthy, organic Thai food.
Mina’s latest venture for growing her cooking school and her self-sufficient lifestyle is planting Riceberry. She hired three workers to help her grow this new hybrid rice grain, a cross pollination of Hom Nin and Thai Hom Mali (jasmine rice). Riceberry was developed by Thailand’s Kasetsart University and is a great source of iron and high levels of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin E and folic acid. It’s organic brown rice very popular in Thailand. When cooked, the attractive dark violet grains become soft and fragrant, the same excellent trait of Thai Hom Mali rice.
When asked why she started giving cooking workshops, Mina replied that she likes to make foreigners and travelers aware of how local people on her island live and eat and tell stories about her folklore. She is very proud to show off some vegetables growing in her garden patch such as sweet basil, galangal and lemongrass. Her goal for the future is to open a restaurant, and of course serve Riceberry and her amazing secret recipes.
Travelers reach Mina on this island in the Andaman Sea by a 30-minute boat ride from Phuket Island.
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