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    The perpetual protein

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 10/02/2019

    » Thais are experts when it comes to eating fish. This has to do with people's lifestyle since the old days, as their lives have always intertwined with rivers and canals. A variety of fish is easy to find. People don't even have to buy them because they can catch fish themselves. From experience, people soon learn distinctive qualities about each fish and what sort of food should be made from it, including how to season it and what kind of vegetables would go with it. Another mindset is to not let the fish go to waste. If a lot of fish are caught, they can be preserved to eat later.

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    Spice as religion

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 24/02/2019

    » An old Thai national dish that will continue to excite palates long into the future is nam prik -- or spicy dip. Every region in Thailand has its nam prik with its own unique characteristics. It can be consumed daily and it's affordable. It's quite nutritious, too, despite some seasoning to spice up the flavours.

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    The water culture wars

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 12/08/2018

    » The prominent role that water has played in Thai life for centuries has driven chefs to develop techniques for cooking fish with the goal of eradicating bones and fishy smells, the major obstacles to making delicious dishes.

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    A healthy spoonful

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 17/06/2018

    » Once again, I find myself writing about health and food choices -- a topic I could never bore of. We all survive off food so it's important to know how to maintain a healthy diet that keeps our bodies in balance.

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    Bone-Free, Worry-Free

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 19/11/2017

    » Ever wonder why it is so wonderful to have a good bowl of khao tom pla insi (rice soup with king mackerel), mahi-mahi steak or grilled salmon with soy sauce? The credit, at least partly, goes to the skill of your cook. The other part of such a pleasant eating experience is that the fish comes bone-free. Somebody has done a very good filleting and deboning job for you already.

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    What's cooking for breakfast?

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 08/01/2017

    » Everyone knows that breakfast is an important meal, but when looked at closely, it is as loaded with cultural significance as it is with vitamins and nutrients to fuel the coming day. It can provide a wealth of detailed information on the local environment, on the historical era in which it is or was eaten, the kind of work done by and the social status of the family who prepare and eat it, and the prevailing awareness of the relationship between food and good health.

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    The fish that makes a great catch

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 12/03/2017

    » I'm sure that there are many people who have the same relationship with catfish dishes that I do. When they think of a particular favourite -- grilled catfish with boiled neem flowers and the sweet-spicy sauce called nam plaa waan, or the fish deep-fried with spicy seasonings and crisp-fried basil leaves scattered on top -- they crave to eat some right then and there.

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    Homegrown ingredients

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 23/10/2016

    » If you like cooking for yourself, why not get serious and try growing your own vegetable right at home? The ones that you really need all the time are chillies (phrik khee nuu), lemon grass, galangal, saw-tooth herb (phak chee farang), and the different types of basil, known in Thai as bai kraphrao, bai horapha and yee raa.

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    Devilishly delicious detail

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 18/09/2016

    » Doing your own cooking gives you many advantages. For one, you are able to choose and buy the ingredients, selecting them from the array available at the market to ensure that they are clean and safe, and priced to match your budget. Just as important is the ability it gives you to try a recipe and see how it goes over with your family members, and to possibly make adjustments later to bring it into line with their preferences.

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    Gone but not forgotten

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 07/08/2016

    » Many old Thai dishes that were familiar to people of a few generations ago are gone now, but among the old dishes, a number have been revived and are appearing on menus again. In many cases there have been revisions and adaptations, however, with new ingredients introduced as substitutes for original ones that are hard to find now, or that may no longer be available at all.

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