According to Chinese and Taoist medicine, food is an important key for our health. In the dining room, tasteful dishes are prepared from fresh natural ingredients. A significant proportion of the vegetables and fruits come from our own organic gardens. The variety of dishes and offerings caters to an international, health-conscious, clientele. But ask a group of guests what they think. They are the proof. How do they find the food? Here is what five people say:
(South Africa) “The food is absolutely delicious– it’s almost gourmet and of high standard. It’s extremely healthy. I lost weight during the week. The salads are excellent and there is a big variety. I ate a plate of salad for lunch every day.”
(Holland) “I love the food. It’s too good, and the choices are large. It’s difficult to eat less because it’s all so good. The food is quite light, not heavy. I especially like the traditional Thai dish of steamed fish cooked in a lime brew and they serve healthy bread”.
(Egypt) “The food energizes you and is of high quality. You don’t put on weight. There is great variety and it’s all delicious.”
(Belgium) “The food is fantastic. It’s low toxicity food!!! They use good oils and no dairy except for butter.”
(USA) “I am on a gluten-free diet and the kitchen most graciously accommodated for my special needs. They would make a rice bread for me in the morning and would steam fish, chicken, or broccoli for me whenever I asked. The hosts and hostesses gently and kindly helped me whenever I needed it. I felt blessed.”
All day long you can meander into the dining hall to pick up a newspaper and have a hot cup of tea. Chose from freshly prepared green papaya tea, Indian senna tea or ginger tea available all day long. Or you may prefer to prepare your own tea by choosing a tea bag from the large selection of sixteen delicious and healthy teas. But be prepared for a stay without coffee!At breakfast fresh hot soymilk, cereal milk, and warm black sesame milk are all available along with ginger and ginseng tea. Eight different freshly prepared jams and butters, including pineapple, sesame, peanut, cashew nut, mango, roselle, tamarind and passion fruit are all available to top your selection of sugar and gluten free breads. A plethora of other selections include a large selection of freshly prepared seasonal fruits, nuts, granola, muesli, soy yogurt, goat yogurt, and freshly squeezed juices. A host or hostess stands by waiting to prepare a delicious omelet or eggs prepared any way you prefer.At lunch, another selection of healthy, freshly prepared juice is waiting for you. Then choose from a scrumptious array of healthy dishes ranging all the way from chicken, fish and shrimp to especially prepared raw foods. The kitchen uses only fresh virgin oils and Himalayan crystallized salt that contains the 84 minerals essential to life. You are sure to leave satisfied and happy. Guests will find themselves enjoying healthy freshly prepared food that is perfect for them!
For dinner yet another kind of freshly prepared juice is available and another array of healthy and elegantly prepared cuisine. Fresh GABA rice milk, said to contain important building blocks for DNA, is prepared each evening. The food and conversation is so pleasant and satisfying that guests oftentimes must tear themselves away from the dining hall for the complimentary evening exercises.
Organic Produce Gardens
In our Organic Gardens in Thailand’s Northern area near Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally significant city, of 7 rai we use organic fertilizers and pesticides in place of chemicals and we use biological pest control. Our vegetables have been certified by The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand Department of Agriculture, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and these vegetables conform to the Food Safety Project. 17 vegetables are certified including Cabbage, Broccoli, Broccoloni, Chinese White Cabbage, Kale, Morning Glory, Beet Root, Amaranth, Chili, Carrot, Yard Long Bean, Lettuce, Welsh Onion, Egg Plant, Tomato, Baby Corn, Corn. We raise vegetables for the dining room; tasteful dishes are prepared from fresh natural ingredients. A significant proportion of the vegetables and fruits such as Mango, Banana, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Gac Fruit, Lime, Papaya, and others come from our own organic gardens.
Gac Heaven Fruit Gac (Momordica Cochinchinensis Spreng) is a tropical fruit found in Vietnam and other regions of Southeast Asia where it is valued for many important health benefits. It is valued as the “fruit from heaven” and is prized for its ability to promote longevity, vitality, and health. Recent research has shown that Gac is a fountain of antioxidants. Big Gac Fruit at Tao Garden Master Chia discovered the benefits of Gac Fruit and is creating healthy food from Gac Fruit. We have prepared the planting area of 1 rai and brought seed from Vietnam. Gac will take 5-6 months to have ripe fruit. Within 3 months of planting Gac flowers; after 4 months there are green fruit; after 5 months there are bright-orange fruit; lastly in 6 months there will be bright-red fruit, that can be used as ingredients of food, fruit juice or tea. This bright-red fruit grows abundantly on vines and is as large as a cantaloupe. Traditionally, the red, oily pulp is cooked with rice and served during special festivities such as weddings. The bright red color generates the desired visual effect that represents good luck and joy.