Living by the river has its privileges.
A man who lives by the river has been described like a tree that is planted by water whose roots are deep in the stream. In the heat of summer, its leaves remain green and even in droughts; it does not stop producing fruit.
The stillness of the jungle with the mountains in the background beckons.
Nestled amongst trees, the Ruan Pak Good restaurant is a cooling respite in the Chang Klang district. Sited by the shallow fresh water river near that flows from nearby hills, the cooling weather produces fabulous greens that is incredibly fresh.
With organic vegetables that are home grown from the garden right next to the kitchen, the Thai Herbal Food sound deliciously green, fragrant and healthy.
Butterfly Pea Flower Drink also known as Clitoria ternatea is a creeper plant that grows profusely. The beautiful blue flowers of this vine resembles the shape of human female genitals hence its Latin name.
Subtle in flavour, full of anti-oxidant, known to aid digestion and tastes greet with mild honey or even a twist of Thai fragrant lime, this tea is easy to make.
Take 5 fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers (either works equally well)
Hot water – 1 cup
Honey to taste
Steep the flowers in hot water for 10 minutes or till the flowers turn pale and the water turns blue. Add honey to taste and best serve chilled.
Ruan Pak Good restaurant is famous for creating many healthy dishes from Pak Koot (a vegetable fern) that villagers pluck from the mountain. Once termed valueless, it is now a popular green with a fresh addictive taste.
Vegetable found on the mountain, it is now that is served stir fried with aubergines.
Even the non-vegetarian in the group enjoyed the fresh taste of the vegetables cooked simply.
For once we didn’t have a hearty meal full of meat. This one is light and packed with nutrients and we felt great after a delightful lunch by the river.