The decision to sign up for the food photography by Dr. Leslie Tay (of the ieatishootipost fame) was a last-minute one. A few weeks earlier, Leslie has emailed me earlier to inform me of his newly released ieathawker app on Singapore’s street food. We became acquainted after a phone interview for a food bloggers-turned-authors piece a couple of months ago. I asked if there were any makan (eating) sessions that I could join during my short trip back to Singapore. My dates home coincided with a Canon food photography course he was conducting at The Disgruntled Chef (TDC), which was a few doors away from a friend’s wedding at Jim Thompson I was attending that very evening, so I readily agreed to join the workshop.
Have you ever wondered why flowers are not really included in the human diet? Do flowers look better than they taste? When did our ancestors realise that some flowers are delicious to eat while some others taste yucky? These questions popped up in my mind when I learned about dork khajon (ดอกขจร), otherwise known as milkweed flower or cowslip creeper flower. I never knew of their existence before but after seeing them displayed in Thai supermarkets and fresh markets, I became curious about this particular type of edible flower. Curious, I googled more about them and found out that cowslip creeper flower is common in Thai and Southeast Asia cooking.
The flood alarm has been sounded for Bangkok for close to a month already. We were initially rather frugal with our meals, trying our best not to use too many ingredients lest we were struck by the rising waters. But three weeks of waiting for the ‘giant whales’ to descend upon our neighborhood (still a if and when at point of writing) have taken its toll on us; we were getting restless at home so we decided to make better use of our weekends at home by attempting to cook new dishes. Mr. P had been craving for fish for several days so we made a trip to the nearby Udomsuk fresh market, zeroed in on our favorite seafood stall and chose one fortunate pomfret to be our guest at home. (Side note: We were pleasantly surprised that fresh produce were still in abundance. A fruit vendor in the neighbourhood told us the week before that his supplies were running low as it was becoming harder to secure fruits from the Rangsit wholesale market—the area is currently flooded.)