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 Arkhom Poliyem at Sala Bua

East Meets West in the kitchen of Executive Chef Arkhom Poliyem. He has created a menu at Sala Bua, the signature beachfront restaurant at the Phuket Cabana Resort, which creates sophisticated blends of popular Western cuisine blended with Asian spice.

"I use French recipes with fresh ingredients combined with local Thai herbs. The result is a cuisine that is traditional yet uniquely Asian," explained Chef Arkhom, 
"I am always looking for new menus that I can experiment with by using Asian cooking techniques and spices."

Chef Arkhom was born in the Northeast of Thailand, far from the international tourism industry but his talent with food was quickly spotted when he worked in the kitchens at the Bangkok Hilton where he spent five years learning his craft. "I love to use my senses of smell and taste when working over a stove. When introduced to Western foods, I immediately was interested in how these new tastes and textures would mix with Thai herbs and spices," he continued.

His menu at Sala Bua includes fresh seafood caught daily just off the shores of the Phuket Cabana Resort which he grills or steams with local herbs.

He also offers baked Tasmanian salmon which he wraps in grilled local cashew nuts and served with coconut beurre blanc and black sticky rice.

For September, Sala Bua will offer a special promotion of Phuket Lobster. Chef Arkhom has created four different large salads featuring local lobster which includes his East Meets West Lobster Salad and a Spicy Lobster Salad with Thai herbs and spices. 

Also featured are four exciting lobster main course flambes which he prepares at the table.

"I like cooking at the table and talking to guests about Thai foods and the mixture of Western and Eastern ingredients. For example, I've created a Tom Yam Lobster Flambe cooked in an oyster mushroom sauce with coconut milk and exotic vegetables native to Thailand," he demonstrated.

For dinner at a beautiful restaurant set on Patong Beach with remarkable food prepared by one of Phuket's most outstanding chefs, stop by Sala Bua and let Chef Arkhom make a meal you will long remember.

Claude's Wine Recommendation
Claude Sauter is the Executive Assistant Manager at the Phuket Cabana. He also works with Chef Arkhom to create menus that will excite the tastes of their primarily Western guests.

"With Chef Arkhom's menu, I would not be too conservative or strict about combining food with wine. We offer a Merlot "Domaine Leclaud" 1996, a fruity red wine, which I think is perfect for our East Meets West seafood menu. After all, while on holiday to exotic Thailand, why not explore new flavors and taste combinations?"

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