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Thai government adds Penang curry to cookery skills training course

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One of Thailand’s most popular dishes is being added to a Thai cuisine cooking course for people who want to improve their income and career prospects. The National News Bureau of Thailand reports that the Ministry of Labour is taking advantage of the popularity of Penang curry, which was named best curry in the world last month.

Officials are now promoting the humble “Penang” as a “soft power” asset, alongside other popular Thai dishes, including massaman curry, pad Thai, and tom yum goong. The dishes are all included on the applied Thai cooking course run by the Department of Skill Development.

According to the report, Boonchob Suttamanuswong from the Labour Ministry says that as penang curry is considered a soft power asset, all trainees on the course should learn how to cook it, as it is long favoured by both Thais and tourists. The report goes on to say that Boonchob himself went as far as to give a demonstration on how to make the curry.

Last month, the culinary website TasteAtlas named Thailand’s penang curry the best curry in the world, beating out Japanese Kare curry and China’s Sichuan hot pot.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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