A Culinary Journey Through Tribal Lands at Som Chai

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A Culinary Journey Through Tribal Lands at Som Chai

Will Meyrick’s restaurant, Som Chai, is introducing a series of cuisine culture collaborations: ‘A culinary journey through tribal lands’. Will Meyrick and Ben McRae are hosting events with other culinary stars from around the region for 2019. This is a series of events on promoting the best of Asian food, modern and traditional.

Before they had to travel, back in the days, Hmong tribes led to the pickling, brining, and fermenting of a vast array of meats and vegetables in the name of preservation. Many of these techniques and ingredients remain essentially unchanged to this day. This is one of the reasons why Som Chai is embarking on a different journey taking its grassroots of fundamental techniques of cooking with locally sourced, found and foraged ingredients taking you back to nature and traditional ways of cooking, featuring recipes from Will Meyrick travels collaborating chefs from around South East Asian.

The renowned chefs will kick off their first collaboration on 8th December showcasing unique hill tribe, of northern Thailand, Vietnam, Yunnan and Laos. It has has been a longtime passion of Will Meyrick to understand how to preserve this culture. Everlasting passion starting in 1998 that he keeps by going there as often as he can. These stories and recipes are testifying the importance of preserving people and culture. The Chef’s Table dinners will be recurring events happening in Som Chai, under the influence of Will Meyrick. Menus will range from 5 – 7 courses that will change based on the ethnic tribes around Asia.

For the first dinner, on December 8th, Som Chai will focus on Hmong Hill Tribes. Will Meyrick and Dave Metcalf spent two weeks in North Vietnam in September 2018, visiting the Hmong Hill Tribes, travelling around the villages and markets sampling the delicious food, photographing the people and stunning landscapes. Dave Metcalf is a professional photographer who specialises in indigenous photography and supports indigenous programs in Indonesia to preserve the environment and culture.

The proceeds of the dinner and 50% of the photographs sold will go to supporting impoverished ethnic communities around the region. There will also be some of Dave’s and Will’s photography for sale on the night and 10% of the cost dinner will go to support Indigenous education, sustainable food production in Borneo and Mother Jungle storytelling programmes.

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