The framed sepia-toned photo on the right is a well-known sight in Thailand. It depicts a sarong-clad Chulalongkorn bent over a wok. It’s said the cherished King (a.k.a. King Rama V, 1868-1910) loved a good picnic and enjoyed cooking for friends. It’s also said he would travel incognito, mixing with the locals without their knowledge, which gave him insight into the daily lives of his subjects. King Chulalongkorn was a beloved man. He had four queen consorts, approximately 77 children, and somewhere between 92 and 153 wives, depending on which source you consult.
Some say the above picture shows the King stirring a batch of tod mun pla on the porch of his summer palace. In truth, I am not certain where he is (was) or what he is (was) cooking. But this photo hung above our kitchen doorway in Chiang Mai and gave the room good vibes. Ever since, no kitchen of ours seems complete without it.
So here he is, just inside the kitchen entryway, presiding over the activities that fill this spacious yellow room. With the King on the wall, we knew our new kitchen would suffice.
More kitchen pictures coming soon….