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Thai rice can be found in kitchens across the world, but now chefs are giving Thailand’s export the spotlight. In a partnership between the Thai government’s Ministry of Commerce and Thai Trade Center New York, Chef Noah Sandoval of the restaurant Oriole in Chicago (and more recently, his Pizza Friendly Pizza takeout-only concept) will co-host an Instagram Live cooking demonstration on August 25, 2020 (4 p.m. CT).

During the hour-long virtual culinary demo, Sandoval and Bao Ong, Time Out New York’s food and drink editor, will discuss cooking the Thai rice varietal known as riceberry. Sandoval, will cook up riceberry porridge with squid ink and langoustine.

This new endeavor is another step in promoting Thai rice to the American market. Last year, the Eat Thai Rice’s “Thai Rice for Life” campaign included a collaboration with Global Belly, an online platform for food products designed by chefs. A Thai meal kit by Thai chefs launched as part of the effort.

Last month, Chef Pim Techamuanvivit, a Thai chef and restaurateur based in San Francisco, helped kickoff the Instagram Live series. The owner of Nari and Michelin-starred Kin Khao in the Bay Area, she became the executive chef of Michelin-starred Nahm in Bangkok in 2018. For the Thai Rice campaign, she chose a recipe for khao yum to demonstrate.

Chef Sandoval introduced Oriole to the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago in March 2016. Oriole was awarded two Michelin stars in the restaurant’s first eligible year and has retained two stars each year following. Since opening, Sandoval was recognized as a Food & Wine Best New Chef, nominated as a James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes, and was named Chef of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, Oriole also earned 4-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine. 

His co-host, Bao Ong, edits and writes about all things culinary, everything from restaurant openings and chefs to reviews and trend stories for Time Out New York. A former newspaper reporter and a culinary graduate, Bao was previously a research editor with Bon Appétit and the Weekend Fare columnist for The New York Times covering culinary events around the city and has contributed to Serious Eats, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, among others.
For those not able to tune into the Instagram Live session, you will be able to find a recording at the Eat Thai Rice’s official Facebook page   


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