Stedham restaurant owner shares her Thai secrets

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REGARDED by many as ‘the mother of Thai cooking’ Stedham pub and restaurant owner Mudita Karnasuta is sharing some of her secrets in a new book.

‘Nam Pla Prik’ is a selection of her most popular recipes based on the secret ingredient, a fish and chilli sauce which gives its name to the book.

It was launched on Monday at The Hamilton Arms in Stedham which she runs with her business partner Suhail Hussain.

Mudita is well known for her tireless fundraising over many years through the Mudita Trust, for abused, distressed and under privileged children in Thailand and her work to prevent child prostitution through the provision of education.

But she made a name for herself in the 70s after opening the very first traditional Thai restaurant, with authentic Thai entertainment, in Europe.

The Siam, in Kensington, was an overnight success resulting in her opening ‘The Busabong in the Fulham Road’ – considered by critics to be the best Thai restaurant in London.

But she finally settled in Stedham opening The Hamilton Arms pub and Nava Thai restaurant.

Her book is designed to appeal both to the novice and experienced home cook.

“It’s very important for me to share a life time of Thai cooking with a new generation,” said Mudita.

“I hope the reader will enjoy cooking some of my classic recipes – and being transported albeit temporarily to Thailand - a country rich in culture and seeped in flavours. I hope by practicing the art of Thai Cooing and by following some of my recipes they will appreciate the differences with Chinese and Indian cooking and appreciate the authentic Thai flavours.”

Mudita’s book, sold in aid of the Mudita Trust, is available at The Hamilton Arms and will also be sold at the Thai food and cultural festival ‘Amazing Thailand’ held over the August Bank Holiday, at Secretts Farm, Milford.

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