Due to the fantastic success of the first edition, on December 8th, the Chefs are back for a second date.

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The Event

Som Chai, Will Meyrick’s restaurant, is introducing a series of cuisine culture collaborations: “A culinary journey through tribal lands”.

Will Meyrick and Ben McRae are hosting events with other culinary stars from around the region for 2019.

A series of events on promoting the best of Asian food, modern and traditional.

As they say: “to embrace the future you must learn from the past”

December 15th, 7.00PM
Dinner price : 500k ++ per person.

Optional: Our drinks trolley will offer a selection of cocktails and wines to perfect your culinary experience

Telling Cultural Stories Through Recipes

Before they had to travel, Hmong tribes, a long time ago, led to the pickling, brining, and fermenting of a vast array of meats and vegetables in the name of preservation. Many of these techniques and ingredients remain essentially unchanged to this day.

This is why Som Chai is embarking on a different journey taking its grassroots of fundamental techniques of cooking with locally sourced, found and foraged ingredients taking you back to nature and traditional ways of cooking, featuring recipes from Will Meyrick travels collaborating chefs from around south East Asian

The renowned Chefs will kick off their first collaboration on 8th December show casing unique hill tribe, of northern Thailand, Vietnam, Yunnan and Laos, it has has been a longtime passion of Will Meyrick to understand how to preserve this culture. Everlasting passion starting in 1998 that he keeps by going there as often as he can. These stories and recipes are testifying the importance of preserving people and the culture.

Chef’s Table dinners will be recurring events happening in Som Chai, under the influence of Will Meyrick. Menus will range from 5-7 courses that will change based on the ethnic tribes around Asia.

Special Collaboration with David Metcalf

For the first dinner, on December 8th, Som Chai will focus on Hmong Hill Tribes. Will Meyrick and Dave Metcalf spent two weeks in North Vietnam in September 2018, visiting the Hmong Hill Tribes, travelling around the villages and markets sampling the delicious food, photographing the people and stunning landscapes.

Dave Metcalf is a professional photographer who specialises in indigenous photography and support indigenous programs in Indonesia to preserve the environment and culture.


Supporting Ethnic Communities

50% of the photographs sold and 10% of the dinner costs will go to support the Foundation Handep Haruei.

Handep Haruei is an agriculture-based social enterprise dedicated to produce, preserve and create added value for locally-grown and forest-based produce – such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. We specialize in growing local and organic fruits and vegetables and producing processed forest-based produce, including herbs, and spices. We also provide capacity building processes for local farmers, all based on sustainable agriculture practices.

The phrase “Handep Haruei” is borrowed from the Dayak Ngaju dialect. Handep is a culture of working together and helping each other within the community, while Haruei means family. Handep Haruei therefore collectively means the spirit of working together and helping each other as a family.

More infos : https://handepharuei.com/