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Muslim Yellow Rice (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, September 22nd, 2010

Muslim Yellow Rice

Muslim Yellow Rice

Muslim Yellow Rice

One of my favorite dishes in the south is Kao Moek Gkai (Muslim Yellow Rice with Chicken and Roasted Spices), which we often enjoy at our favorite Takua Pa restaurant. It’s a rich rice dish, cooked a bit like a risotto and spiced with cardamom, cloves, ginger and chillies, with succulent chicken and all topped with a sweet and sour chilli sauce.

Although it is estimated that Thailand is 90% Buddhist, the south has a much higher proportion of Muslims, who lend a distinct flavor to southern culture, including influencing the cuisine.

This picture was taken by Kasma at a bus stop in Mae Sae, near Pai in the northern mountains between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. She says there are a fair number of Muslims in that area and that this is a Muslim dish rather than a southern dish.

The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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