After some sleep, we headed down to breakfast. The Chatrium had a big breakfast buffet which was really nice – I would say my favorite part was all the fruit . One thing I’ve found is that when you’re in Asia, you’ve got to eat a lot of two things: seafood and fruit. Because it’s good there. Damn good. I ended up trying some dim sum and some other interesting things.
After breakfast, we met up with Mr. Banks. We headed off to the factory first thing. One thing we noticed around were lots of big purple billboards. As it turns out, April 2nd was the Princess’ birthday – click here to find out more.
On the way to the factory
So where is the noodle factory? Why Sriracha of course! What might surprise many is that the red rooster sauce everyone knows as Sriracha sauce isn’t super popular here.
The gate at Thai President Foods.
Entering the factory – everything smells like fried noodles! Was really nice.
Not sure but I’m guessing this is palm oil used to fry the noodles.
The first thing we did was watch a movie on this huge screen. It was all about Thai Foods and their products and company achievements.
Then we got to take a walk down the line and see the noodles being made! I can say first hand that this place was about as clean as it gets – standards are critically important in the noodles and food manufacturing business.
Walking down the line.
After the noodles come off the line, these two make sure they are in their little trays. If not, they tap them in.
Busy at the factory.
Ms. Sumonrut, the RD & QA Manager and Mr. Songphop, the Regulatory Affairs Researcher took us around the R&D lab!
The R&D team!
They had homemade dishes and their instant version for me to try.
Talking food and trying it – really good stuff! It was an amazing tour I’ll never forget!
After the tour, we drove along the coast to Pattaya. This place was amazing; the smell of incense everywhere and this amazing temple by the sea.
We stopped at a seaside restaurant.
The food here was amazing – sea bass, morning glory in sauce, cashew chicken. We let Mr. Banks order figuring he’d know what was good – and he did!
Okay take a look at this. Take a long look. This sambal was like nothing I’ve tasted before – spicy from chillies, citrus hits from lemongrass, and a myriad of garlic and other herbs and spices. You grab some of the steamed sea bass and put a little of this on top. It was probably one of the best flavors I experienced in Thailand.
Some of the best squid I’ve ever had.
Some neat street art.
On the way back to the hotel for a rest before the welcome dinner.
Amazing sunset out our hotel room’s window.
So Thai President Foods invites distributors every year for a special ‘agent’s meeting.’ It alternates by region every year and this year was the European Agents’ Meeting. People who distribute MAMA noodles all over Europe were there!
Everyone got to introduce themselves – here’s what I had to say (public speaking’s not my strong suit haha).
Got to meet some very nice people and have some tasty food! Jellyfish, crab, river prawn, prawn ball and my favorite…
This is duck – sliced very thin. You would take a pancake (the kind you would find with moo-shu pork) and put a slice of the duck on and one of these little bundles with spring onion and add some sauce, wrap it up and devour. Tasty fun stuff!
The dinner was on the 36th floor of The Chatrium Hotel – and the view was spectacular. What a day!