No matter where you travel to, food brings people together, creates community, and has the power to transform your experience. One of the most important elements of our retreats at International Yoga is the cuisine. Each location we stay at uses fresh ingredients harvested from the land to fuel our daily practices and excursions. In Southeast Asia, food is a celebratory part of the culture, gathering families and friends around the table to nourish body, mind, and soul. Surrounded by the sea and blessed with fertile soils, this region of the world boasts plentiful vegetables, ripe fruits, fresh fish, and savory spices. We’re sharing some of our favorite recipes from Bali
, and Thailand
to engage your senses and savor the flavors of summer!
Balinese Turmeric Tonic: Jamu
Balinese culture is elaborate and deeply spiritual. This is manifested in almost every aspect of life, including the food. Some of the traditional dishes in Bali are almost as old as the culture itself. Jamu is an authentic Indonesian herbal drink that is said to promote inner and outer beauty. This simple recipe, which includes turmeric, ginger root, and honey, has been passed down from for over 1,300 years. It boasts major health benefits, earning itself a reputation as a 'cure-all' elixir.
Cambodian Green Mango Salad
Khmer cuisine is all about contrasts; sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. The large volume of freshwater rivers and streams flowing through Cambodia make fish the most important protein in this region. Khmer people have always been resourceful and have found ways to add tasty and unique twists to familiar Southeast Asian dishes. This green mango salad is easy to make and wonderfully light, combining shrimp and green mango. A perfect addition to any summer meal!.
Thai Fried Rice
Thai food hardly needs an introduction: from pad thai to spicy curry, Thailand's fabulous dishes have created a reputation for themselves around the world. One of the highlights of our Thailand trip
is a cooking class with a local chef in Chiang Mai where you will gain insight into Thai culture and cuisine. This dish is based on Thailand’s well known fried rice dish, kao pad. The most important ingredients are the rice, the garlic, and the fish sauce. It is easy to make and even easier to enjoy!
Take your tastebuds on a journey to Southeast Asia during one of our upcoming retreats