We went out to a barbeque last night with some of the Partners staff for dinner. A woman from Norway was visiting Mae Sot as she is considering the position of National Director for Partners Norway. We went out to get to talk with her and enjoy one another’s company.
The restaurant was fun: they provide the raw meat, raw fruits and veggies, and a few spices, sauces, etc., and you cook it yourself. There are small charcoal grills on the table where you can grill the meat (and for me, pineapple and two other unidentified, but delicious, fruits or veggies). There is also a ring of water around the grill where the meat juices run off and you can make soup. Stephen & I’s soup wasn’t too wonderful–it was pretty much just the runoff with lots of cabbage and one other unidentified fruit or vegetable boiling in it. The group next to us had quite the tofu-noodle-cabbage-saucy soup cooking up, though.
It was really quite fun: we enjoyed a few hours of wonderful conversation while all the men, including Stephen got their fill of meat. I loved trying a few different fruits and veggies, grilling up tons of fresh pineapple, and eating about a head of boiled cabbage (that was surprisingly good). One of the Shan staff members also taught me how to make som tum, a green mango Thai salad.
And, it really was all topped off beautifully with the self-serve Cremo freezer, which is only the best ice cream in town. We enjoyed some of that, as well!