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Chef Ian Kittichai Is Giving Regional Thai Dishes a Well-Being Boost

At Khum Hom, the restaurant at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, the chef is radically rethinking the cuisine.

Feb 11, 2020

IAN KITTICHAI KNOWS ABOUT the masterful alchemy of sweet, sour, spicy, salty, and savory flavors that define Thai cuisine. As the chef behind much-lauded restaurants in Bangkok, Singapore and New York, the author of multiple cookbooks, and the host of several television shows, Kittichai has made a career out of championing delicious, sophisticated dishes from his homeland. 

Now, in the chef’s first-ever collaboration with a hotel in Thailand, he has teamed up with the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort in Bangkok to create Khum Hom, a bold new eatery that rethinks Thai dishes. “Khum” comes from the Thai word for “bite-size” and “Hom” comes from the one for aromatic, which perfectly encapsulates the ethos of the menu. While some iterations of the country’s regional cuisines are often high in sodium, sugar, fat, and refined carbohydrates, Kittichai and his chefs have created intensely flavorful renditions that can comfortably accommodate all sorts of dining requirements.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to showcase regional Thai cuisine at Khum Hom, alongside my personal passion for health and wellness. In Thailand, food is a fundamental part of our culture,” Kittichai says. “I have strived to show that Thai cuisine is more than pad Thai and green curry. At Khum Hom we will demonstrate some of the freshest ingredients from across the country, harness the health benefits of natural produce, and deliver a style of gastronomy that is light, bright and vibrant.”

While in the past “health food” may have been associated with bland and restrictive dishes, diners at Khum Hom can dig into truly indulgent fare including jang ron (Prachuap Khiri Khan grilled white fishcakes), poo nim ha-rod (Surat Thani soft shell crab, with crispy bai-mieng leaves) and gaeng kua nuea (beef short ribs, steamed for three days with yellow curry and served with preserved heart of palm). Diners on vegan or gluten-free diets will also find plenty of delicious things to eat here. 

Adding to the vibrant and indulgent dining experience, the setting of Khum Hom is truly stunning. The wholesome eatery overlooks the lush, tropical gardens of Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort and truly feels like a haven within the heart of the city.

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