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A Taste of Bangkok in Chicago

April 15, 2015
Tastefully Thai Celebrated In Chicago
As part of a global initiative by The Peninsula Hotels to support global tourism to experience the unique charms of The Peninsula Bangkok and the Land of Smiles, The Peninsula Chicago was inspired by their sister property to showcase of the very best of Thai cuisine, culture, art and wellness to guests in Chicago. 

Thailand is a haven of Oriental wellness excellence, and guests at The Peninsula Spa were the first to experience the exclusive Simply Peninsula Royal Thai Massage. The Peninsula Hotels have partnered with the celebrated Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools, where Peninsula therapists were taught traditional Thai massage in an exclusive teaching programme. This holistic treatment is a signature feature of the new Peninsula Wellness global initiative. See more about Peninsula Wellness here.  

Authentic cuisine was an integral part of bringing a piece of Bangkok to Chicago. Chef Anuwat “Nu” Morakotjantachote, Executive Sous Chef at The Peninsula Chicago, helmed the kitchen at The Lobby to prepare exotic Thai dishes with a contemporary twist. Some of the home-style dishes are based on recipes passed down across the centuries by royal palace cooks, including, Phad Prig-Gaean Pa Nau (stir-fried beef, curry, and green peppercorn), Khoa-Hom (steamed jasmine rice) and Pla Sam Rod (deep-fried sea bass with sweet, spicy and sour sauce).    

In addition to authentic Thai cuisine, The Peninsula Chicago incorporated flares of Thailand in the hotel décor with beautiful florals and a display of The Elephant Parade. Created by artists from around the world, The Elephant Parade is a collection of elephant statues exhibited at the hotel which were part of a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefitted elephant conservation projects in Thailand. Additionally, The Peninsula Hotels are proud to partner with the charity for the upcoming Elephant Parade in Bangkok in December 2015.