Fifty years ago, on the 12th of August 1967, which was HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday, a group of women journalists published a cook book, This cookbook has become a classic read for gastronomes today. When it was first published, the proceeds from book sales went towards the queen’s foundation and the book became a bestseller of its day.
One dish which we discovered when having a read was, “Pilot’s Sandwich for our Prince”, which was a favourite dish of the crown Prince at the time, His Majesty King Rama X today.
“The crown Prince loves all Thai dishes, as long as they are not too hot. But during a school fair one year the parent associations made an assortment of sandwiches to sell for the school fundraiser, inventing a minced beef salad which was sold for 5 baht each. The crown prince bought many of these sandwiches, even though one was enough to fill a stomach. He liked it so much that the next day the palace asked for its recipe so that they could continue to make it for him,” said Than Phu Ying Maneerat Bunnag.
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The toasted sandwich was stuffed with minced beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, peas and lightly seasoned. The book went on to feature many favourites of the royal children of the day.