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Unformatted text preview: 1) Restaurants Devasted by Deluge Throughout the central region eateries renowned among locals for their culinary treats were forced to close by the disaster and many are still out of business • Published: 22/01/2012 at 12:00 AM • Newspaper section: Brunch Nature seems to have been on the attack in Thailand recently with frequent heavy rains, mudslides burying houses and fields near mountains, powerful storms causing waves that batter coastal communities and, of course, floodwaters from the North inundating central Thailand. TASTY SELECTION: From left to right, ‘haw mok’ made by Jay Buay, pad thai at Wat Thong Khoong, frog fried with garlic and ‘pla duc pad pet’ (spicy fried catfish) at Wan Ahaan Paa. Although these events have occurred often, most didn't last longer than a week. Those affected made the necessary adjustments and things returned to normal. But the flooding in the Central Region was different. These were the most catastrophic floods in Thai history. The waters rose very quickly. People in many areas did not think that they would be affected because they had never been flooded before, and they did not have time to prepare. The flooding covered a wide area and lasted more than two months. Many in affected areas lost their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Of course, many restaurants were also submerged, among them many places widely know for their excellent food. Many were able to reopen and resume business after the waters receded. Here we will survey some of the restaurants discussed in this column in the past to draw attention to them and encourage old customers to return and enjoy a meal there. Phone service was out at some restaurants so I was unable to determine whether they were still in business. I'll start with Ang Thong province, and a place known for its delicious pad thai. It is located behind Wat Thong Khong on the Chao Phraya River. The pad thai is made the old-fashioned way, with the noodles fried in a mixture or tamarind juice and sugar over a wood fire that is not too hot. Once the cooked noodles are on the plate, pieces of sour star fruit or raw mango are sprinkled on top. Besides its well known pad thai, the shop also offers Thai-style kui tio moo, which contains only ground pork, either in a sour-spicy tom yum broth or "dry", without broth. Ang Thong was one of the first places to be affected by flooding and it remained under water the longest, so this restaurant was certainly flooded. I have not been able to contact it since the floods because the flooded....
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