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23rd April 2024

Azuthai earns 3rd Thai SELECT recognition


Azuthai restaurant has been awarded the prestigious Thai SELECT recognition for its authentic Thai cuisine, right from the ingredients used to the expertise of the chef in creating the final dishes.

This marks the restaurant’s third consecutive year of receiving the coveted Thai SELECT Classic Category award, presented by the Royal Thai Embassy. The achievement reflects the dedication of siblings Malu Gamboa Lindo and Chef J. Gamboa, who own the restaurant, to consistently delight diners with an exquisite taste of Thai cuisine during every visit.

Thai SELECT is a program initiated by the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government, aimed at certifying and promoting genuine Thai cuisine globally. It serves as a seal of approval granted to Thai restaurants, both locally and internationally, encouraging Thai restaurateurs and processed food producers to maintain authenticity while elevating the overall quality.

(L-R) Chef J Gamboa, Royal Thai H.E. Ambassador Tull Traisorat, and Malu Gamboa-Lindo

During the event, Royal Thai Ambassador, H.E. Tull Traisorat, conveyed his congratulations to the owners and highlighted the longstanding friendly relationship between Thailand and the Philippines for nearly 75 years. 

“I would like to congratulate Chef J and Malu and the team for renewing the Thai SELECT classic category award, which not only guarantees the quality and authenticity of the Thai cuisine but also highlights the importance of the restaurant’s ambiance. The ambiance is equally crucial as the food, and I commend you and your team for upholding this high standard,” Ambassador Traisorat said.

At the press event, a delightful parade of popular Thai dishes prepared by Azuthai’s talented Thai chefs brought back fond memories of travels to Thailand’s tourist destinations for most of the writers. The dishes included Som Tam (spicy green papaya, tomato, peanuts, chili), Satay Gal (Chicken skewers with peanut sauce), Pad Thai Gong (stir-fried noodles with prawns), Poo Nim Phat Pong Karee (soft-shell crabs with yellow curry, coconut milk, sweet peppers, eggs), Moo Kra Prow (stir-fried pork with basil and chili), and Tako (a beloved Thai dessert made of tapioca and coconut cream in Pandan).

“Ever since we opened, we’ve always had Thai chefs here at Azuthai. We only use Thai ingredients. And there’s no secret; that is just the key to serving good food – proper technique and authentic ingredients. Thus, we are thrilled that Azuthai has been recognized as a Thai SELECT restaurant,” Chef J Gamboa stated.


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