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the amazing chicken curry and elephant banana
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the amazing chicken curry and elephant banana

 

In Thailand, chicken curry is an ordinary dish popularly served. But in Trat province, local chefs spice up the curry with soft and yummy banana trunks of “Kluay Phra." And it tastes quite good.

For centuries, the descendants of Chong ethnic group at Ban Chang Thun, Bo Rai District in Trat province cook a very unique chicken curry by adding the soft inner trunk of Elephant Banana. Surprisingly, the banana trunked added makes the curry tastier.

Chong people pick up a young Elephant Banana (Ensete glaucum), peel off skin of the trunk and use only the white soft core. The core will be dipped in salt water before being added into the curry. The chicken curry with Elephant Banana is usually cooked during special occasions such as merit making and social events. Now, it is a famous dish loved by tourists too. The curry is served hot with coconut milk on rice.

The “Kluay Phra” is a native wild banana species. It grows up to 15 feet tall. Its fruits are not so sweet and bear many seeds. After the local dish turns popular, the locals begin conservation projects by setting up a designated conservation area and growing more Kluay Phra at their homes.

But the chicken curry with a local twist is not the only thing Ban Chang Tune can offer. The village is a significant hub for homestay operators showcasing local lifestyle of the Chong ethnic group, which scatters in Trat and Chanthaburi province.

Guided by local kids, visitors can get around the village by scooters with sidecars to try the local cuisine, learn about herbal inhalant, ruby panning in the refreshing stream, basketry, or dip in the mineral-rich mud in the local-style spa treatment.

Ban Chang Thun and its different chicken curry will redefine your homestay experience in Thailand.

 

How to get there: Ban Chang Tune is 31 miles from Trat town, via highway 3299, or 197 miles from Bangkok.