COLUMN | Love is in the Air at Bamboo Thai

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Bamboo Thai is owned and operated by Wirral couple, Dave Otter and Pam Anuniwat who have been bringing their unique twist on the authentic taste of Thailand to customers at the White Lion on Grange Road for three years. In 2021 they opened Bamboo Thai restaurant on Hoylake Road in Moreton serving delicious, fresh street food. 

February has been the month of love for us at Bamboo Thai. Valentine’s Day was extremely busy both at our pop-up kitchen in The White Lion in West Kirby and our restaurant in Moreton, as those in love, both young and old, brought a little extra spice to their relationships.

Chillies have been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Eating spicy peppers can increase a person’s libido by speeding up the heartbeat while releasing endorphins that cause excitement and leave you in a good mood. So, our motto of Just Add Chilli is more than just food-related!

And love was certainly in the air, when we were honoured to host the wedding reception of two of our favourite customers, Andy and Alison at the restaurant. This was our first hosting of what we hope will be many such happy occasions. We also have a long history of outside catering and are happy to cater for any event you may have coming up, so be in touch.

Weddings in Thailand and England share many cultural similarities, but they also have some distinct differences in terms of rituals, ceremonies, and cultural nuances.

In Thailand the Rod Nam Sang involves the offering of blessings and gifts to the bride and groom, while the Khan Maak ceremony sees the tying of white strings around the wrists of the couple to symbolise their unity. In contrast, the traditional British wedding typically involves a formal exchange of rings, with readings and singing being common elements.

Wedding attire in Thailand consists of the bride wearing a traditional silk gown, while the groom dons a formal Thai outfit. In the UK, white wedding gowns and suits to dominate. In Thai weddings, guests actively participate in rituals like the pouring of blessed water, whereas English guest generally have a more passive role, until the bar opens!

One significant difference can be the length of the wedding itself. Thai weddings can be multi-day affairs, especially in rural areas where elaborate rituals are observed, whereas here weddings are typically single-day celebrations – stag, and hen parties aside!

Where we do share a lot of commonalities is in the after party. Music, dance, plenty of food and drink make our respective wedding receptions lots of fun for all the family.

Thai food is excellent for any wedding reception, but going informal is probably best, where guests can talk, mingle, and share stories of the happy couple. Our finger buffet of Thai starters combined with a range of curries to suit all tastes is always a winner.

So, for you lovers out there, this month’s Thai language lesson is just for you. Much of Thai language is subtly different depending on the speaker’s gender, which means below we have provided you with both male and female versions, because love knows no boundaries, of course.

“Will you marry me?” (male speaker)

แต่งงานกับผมนะ แต่งงาน        Tàeng-ngaan kab phom na kab põm

“Will you marry me?” (female speaker)

แต่งงานกับผมนะ แต่งงาน        Tàeng-ngaan kab phom na kab chãn  

“I love you my wife the most in the world” 

รักเมียที่สุดในโลก ภรรยา        Rák mia thîi-sùd nai-lôhk

“I love my husband the most in the world.” 

รักสามีที่สุดในโลก                  Rák sãa-mii thîi-sùd nai-lôhk

Whoever you love, and whether you’re married or not, we send you all our love and blessings.

Bamboo Thai is available at the White Lion, Wednesdays (Curry & a Pint Night); Thursdays & Fridays 5 – 9pm; Saturday 3 – 7pm; and Sunday 1 – 7pm. Bamboo Thai restaurant, 272 Hoylake Road, Moreton is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5-10pm, where takeaway and delivery is also available.