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Bor Kadad: local delight of Sisaket
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Bor Kadad: local delight of Sisaket

 

For the Cambodian descendants at Phu Fai, Khun Han District of Sisaket Province, home cooks are their favorite meals. The "Bor Kadad" is an amazing salad dish you should try.

Bor Kadad means the tuber of "Kadad" plant, or Giant Elephant Ear (Colocasia gigantea Hook.f).

Kadad is a native plant in Thailand and Southeast Asia. At the height of around 7 feet, it has huge heart-shaped leaves up to two feet wide and three feet long. The Sisaket locals find its tuber yummy.

The one-year-old Elephant Ear's tuber, which gives the best taste and chewiest touch, is the most popular. It will be peeled and shredded into thin and long lines. The shredded tuber will be mixed with salt to rid of parts that may make throat itchy when swallowed. Then it will go through cooking process similar to Somtam. The shredded Elephant Ear's tuber will be mixed with crab juice and softly pounded in a mortar, either clay or wooden one, and seasoned with fresh chili, sugar, juice of fermented fish and tamarind sauce.

The Sisaket locals serve Somtam Bor Kadad in a bamboo tray, surrounded by tons of steamed sticky rice. Now it is the time of delightful gathering.

Situated in the southern part of Isan or Thailand’s Northeast region, Sisaket always thrills visitors with bursting markets, which offers a great variety of local merchandises. Trying this local dish and exploring Khmer ruins of ancient Khao Phra Wihan will make your day splendid in Sisaket.

 

How to get there; Sisaket is 335 miles northeast of Bangkok via highway 2.