What better way to kick off the Mango month than by hosting a Mango Masterclas.
This is the time of year when the Thai mangoes comes into season. Iif you’ve never tried one keep an eye out in Asian supermarkets. It has quite a more delicate flavour then the Alphonso Mango, very fragrant but has a bit more tang. They look like this:
Suda Thai in the newly built St Martin’s courtyard in Covent Garden is part of the Pattara family so you can expect great authentic Thai food. You enter into a small dining area on the ground floor but do not be deceived as the space on the first floor is at least 3 times the size. An open kitchen on one end, stretching pass a circular bar in the middle and well spaced seating area at the other end, flanked by large glass windows overlooking the courtyard.
As we sat down, we were offered a selection of Mango cocktails and some lovely mango inspired canapes.
The first dish of the Mango Masterclass was the famous Thai green mango salad (Som Tum) but with a twist. The addition of crispy fried seabass to the salad and gave it a nice flavour and texture contrast to the sharp green mango flavour. You can see the recipe here.
The second dish that we were shown the Mango with Sticky Rice. We were shown how to steam glutinous rice in either a traditional bamboo basket over a metal pot or the quick way, in a microwave. The addition of sweetened coconut milk makes the rice very rich but a delicious accompaniement to freshly sliced mangoes.
Following the masterclass, we sat down to sample a selection of dishes from the menu including a Roast duck red curry, fried fish,barbecued seafood skewers, stir fried vegetables, all served with jasmine rice.
Suda Thai has an extensive cocktails list too and quite a few were sampled. The unanimous vote was for the spicy Wakeup Call and the Thai Pimms.
I think the concept at Suda Thai and at this price range is brilliant especially for the quality of Thai food that they’re serving. It is a little bit hidden away from the main thoroughfare of convent garden but I think as more people find it I think its a brilliant new addition to dining choices in Covent Garden.
Suda Thai’s Mango Menu is available for the month of June and I would highly recommend a visit there.