19 Nov '13, 3am

Thai Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai cooks winning dishes in S'pore

Thai Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai cooks winning dishes in S'pore

Who would expect a 6-year-old boy doing simple kitchen chores like washing, cutting and pounding ingredients for his grandma's eatery would one day become Thailand's Iron Chef. At that tender age, Chumpol Jangprai was already a fast-learning kid with tutelage from grandma, his mum and aunts. Four years later at 11, he was confident enough to prepare a dish single-handedly for diners. It was Spicy Prawn Salad (Pla Goong), a Thai classic that's still on the menu of their old family restaurant, Sa-nguan Sri, in Ploenchit, a few doors away from Okura Prestige Hotel and American embassy. Today at 40, Chumpol still exudes a boyish charm and enthusiasm when he rattled on about his childhood feats in the kitchen and more refined aspects of culinary techniques. He cooked at the restaurant until 18 and then entered university, and went on to pursue a cooking career with no less than...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/content/thai-iron-chef-chumpol-jan...

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