PHEASANT FESTIVAL

For most gastronomes, sampling a meat that is rarely found is similar to unlocking a mysterious door. Pheasant, a game bird with plump body and lean meat, is one of these. Chefs also need to handle and prepare its gamey meat with care – but gastronomes here need not worry as talented chefs from the hotels around Ratchaprasong area have come together again to host the annual ‘Taste It All 2017 @ Ratchaprasong’ dining festival, in cooperation with The Royal Project Foundation, to creating many fine-dining pheasant dishes for your enjoyment.

PHEASANT IN MY HERB GARDEN

Pheasant in My Herb Garden focuses on highlighting the bird meat, starting with the sous-vide technique to cook it, then pan-grilling it until its unique aroma emanates, followed by smoking to add the scent of herbs. It is then dressed with a luscious sauce that lifts the dish with some acidity.

Location : Tables Grill, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (18.30-22.00 hrs.)
Price : 900 Baht++

ROYAL PROJECT PHEASANT BREAST SLOW-COOKED WITH CRISPY CONFIT PRALINE, SERVED WITH PAK CHOY & TWO KINDS OF SAUCES

This dish offers pheasant cooked two ways. The first is pheasant breast simmered with thyme and rosemary leaves, then seared to a golden-yellow colour. The second is pheasant praline – well-seasoned drumsticks that are slow-cooked, then coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Both sit on celeriac root purée and are topped with cranberry sauce and star anise jus.

Location : Madison, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Price : 950 Baht++

PHEASANT AND FOIE GRAS PIE WITH PHEASANT SOUP

This mouth-watering pie is assembled using pheasant meat that is first boiled with onion, carrot and coriander seed before adding diced foie gras and Portobello mushroom for more flavour dimension and to keep the meat moist while baking. The finished pie is decorated with sliced beetroot and red-wine sauce, and served with a well-strained pheasant soup.

Location : Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Price : 1,100 Baht++ à la carte / 2,955 baht++ as five-course set

ROYAL PROJECT PHEASANT ROULADE

This is an Austrian-style dish cooked with best-quality pheasant from The Royal Project Foundation. Pheasant meat is rolled around a stuffing of Italian chipolata spiced with aromatic herbs, cooked sous-vide and then browned. The roulade is served with foie gras foam, truffle oil and Austrian spinach pie.

Location : Fireplace Grill and Bar, InterContinental Bangkok
Price : 1,500 Baht++ à la carte / 3,000 Baht++ as three-course set

ROAST PHEASANT WITH SPICED APPLE STUFFING AND CRANBERRY SAUCE

Pheasant meat is marinated in salt, pepper and rosemary before filled with an enticing stuffing of apples, chilli, raisins, almond and red wine. The bird is then roasted, and served with a vegetable medley of cherry tomato, baby carrot, beetroot and zucchini – as well as a cranberry sauce which adds some acidity to the dish.

Location : The Square, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
Price : 450 Baht++

FAGIANO ALLA CACCIATORA

A pheasant is roasted whole and served with cranberry sauce and crème de cassis. As you slice through it, the aroma of the bird and its stuffing – green apple stir-fried in a butter sauce – will send you to gastronome heaven. It’s served with a rustic but perfect combination of baby carrots, Brussel sprouts and Italian ciabatta bread for mopping up the juices.

Location : La Tavola & Wine Bar, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Price : 950 Baht++

REGIS SIAM PHEASANT

This special dish uses pheasant cooked with different techniques. Pheasant is wrapped in Italian ham before cooking, and slices are served with pheasant sausage – made from ground thigh meat stuffed in a sheep intestine casing. The accompaniments of pan-fried French foie gras, mashed Japanese pumpkin and parboiled green asparagus elevate the dish even higher.

Location : VIU, The St. Regis Bangkok
Price : 950 Baht++

NORTHERN LARB PHEASANT SALAD

Matching pheasant with north-eastern Thai flavours makes this Northern Larb Pheasant Salad a sure favourite for lovers of Thai food. The spicy larb paste is made with Thai herbs such as Indian ivy-rue and long pepper that are ground together, into which chopped pheasant meat and additional spices are mixed, and adorned with edible flowers to add a pop of beauty and freshness. This Thai salad is best enjoyed with jasmine rice and fresh vegetable condiments.

Location : PASTE, Gaysorn Village
Price : 700 Baht++

The festival takes place from today until 31st October. You can learn more about the festival and related promotions at www.bkkdowntown.com or at facebook page: We love Ratchaprasong. It’s a rare chance to try pheasant, so grab it!


Text and Photos by Rangsimun Kitchaijaroen
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