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There are few better ways of bonding with friends and family than over a delicious cup of coffee. A safe, friendly and comfortable atmosphere takes that coffee experience and makes it even better! Dick’s Café provides an inclusive and friendly environment for all who want to indulge in one of life’s greatest pleasures – a cup of expertly-crafted specialty coffee.

Sit down and relax as you enjoy a latte, tea, or any other specialty drink on offer. Enjoy by yourself, with a loved one, or start up a conversation with a like-minded stranger! At Dick’s Café, you’re welcome to take a load off and savor one of the greatest beverages mankind has ever crafted.

Top Iconic Foods That You Should Try in an Italian Restaurant

Posted by Krittameth Suppamongkon on November 22, 2018

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Okay, so, Italian cuisine is arguably one of the best cuisines in the world. The variety of spices used and sometimes, even the absence of spices make the dishes so delicious. If you are a true foodie, you will definitely have Italian cuisine in your top 3 list. The fun fact is, there are so many types of signature Italian dishes that if you try to have them in one single day, you will not be able to cover all of them together. From seasonal delicacies to regional specialties, Italian dishes have made their way into the heart of foodies.

If you are on a gastronomic tour to Italy and want to taste some of the finest dishes, then here are a few signature specials that you wouldn’t want to miss:

1. Pizza 

Any Italian cuisine is incomplete if it does not have pizza. If Italian cuisine is a religion, then pizza is like the god of it. There are so many different types of pizzas available that you will want to try them all. You can have them as a snack or as a main course. The best part about pizzas is that they are filled with various toppings and the herbs that are used give an extra bit of taste. Moreover, when you have molten cheese on top and also in the fillings of the bread, you just can’t resist but have the pizza in a hurry. Try both the Roman-style pizza and the Neapolitan-style pizza because there is a difference in the crust.

2. Lasagna 

What’s Italian cuisine without lasagna! Just like pizza, this is a must try whenever you visit an Italian restaurant. The flat pasta noodle baked in several layers in the oven and served hot is probably what will bring water to your mouth as soon as you see the pictures. This dish is filled with meat sauce or rag and to top it off, there are lots of cheese in every layer. Depending on the type of lasagna you choose, the flavour of meat will change. Traditionally, lasagna had tomatoes in it as the main ingredient. But the recipes have changed over the years and the ones that are served now are tastier than before.

3. Risotto 

If you are talking about holy dishes that abode Italy, then risotto will be on the top of the list. If pizza is the god of Italian cuisine, then risotto will come as a close second. This creamy dish of rice along with veggies and shredded meat mixed with stock and stirred with a variety of herbs make it a perfect meal for everyone. When in Italy, you wouldn’t want to miss out on risotto. You visit an Italian restaurant and you will find several varieties of risotto available. Instead of getting confused on what to try, you should order the saffron-infused risotto alla Milanese. This is the most popular version of risotto that is loved by everyone. It is creamy, it is delicious, and it will make you want to try it again.

4. Truffles 

Who wouldn’t want to taste a dish that is one of the most coveted in the world? In fact, it is one of the most expensive dishes too. But if you are a foodie and want to have the signature Italian dishes, then you should definitely give truffles a try. There are two types of truffles that you will find in an Italian restaurant: one that is rather common, it is known as the black truffle. This is not as expensive as you think. The other is the rare one known as the white truffle. It is very aromatic and that is why it is expensive too! The black one is not as aromatic as the white one. Although truffles are available widely in Italy, it is difficult to find the white one because they are so rare. So, even if you are not able to find a restaurant that has white truffle or if you are not able to afford it, you should always try the black one just to get a feel of how amazing this dish is.

5. Gelato 

Italy and ice-creams go a long way and your trip to Italy will not be worthy if you do not have a scoop of gelato every day. These are like the best ice-creams you will ever have in your life. There are so many varieties that you will have to try at least two flavours every day to finish all of them during the course of your trip. The best part about gelato is that it has less butterfat than normal ice-cream. So, the cream will tend to melt in your mouth faster. However, that does not take away the flavour of the ice-cream. In fact, the less butterfat makes the ice-cream tastier. Since there is no water added to this type of ice-cream, the taste is far better than normal ice-cream that you have had till date. The density of the ingredients is more in gelato and that is why it has the ability to hold the flavour for a long time.

Italian cuisine is something that no one would want to miss. The wide range of dishes that are available will make your taste buds come back for more. So, if you are planning a trip to Italy or visiting an Italian restaurant nearby, do not forget to have these 5 dishes because they are the chosen ones by all.

Why Choose The Royal Spice Restaurant To Satisfy Your Indian Cravings

Posted by Krittameth Suppamongkon on October 23, 2018

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Do you ever have that feeling that if you don’t get to enjoy some spicy, tasty and delicious Indian food within the next 24 hours you may very well just die on the spot?
Granted, we know that we may be being a little dramatic, but all the same, Indian food sure does have a way of making us crave it! Why are we so addicted to Indian food and where can you find an Indian meal that knows how to pack a punch when it comes to taste and flavour? Allow us to explain why our taste buds just love Indian food and why the Royal Spice restaurant could be the ideal place for you to get your next Indian fix.

So Why Do So Many Of Us Love Indian Food? 

 

It’s All About Flavours That Don’t Overlap 

 
Believe it or not, in 2015 a group of Indian researchers actually decided to find out the scientific reason why so many Westerners love to get their paws on some great Indian cuisine. The results were very interesting!
In comparison to typical Western food, Indian food uses ingredient combinations which do not overlap when it comes to their main flavours. What do we mean?
Firstly, we need to understand what we actually mean by a flavour. We know flavours to be sweet, sour, bitter, floral and so on. However, in chemical terms, a flavour is a precise chemical compound. In one single ingredient, there a usually around 50 flavour compounds. We know, this is quite hard to get your head around and there is more to come yet so stay with us!
In Indian meals, flavours are used against each other, this means that each flavour has the chance to steal the limelight and really be noticed in the main meal. How does all of this translate to our taste buds? In one very expressive word; magnificent!

Ingredients Galore 

There are around 380 known food ingredients in the world. Whilst we may struggle to list even a handful that we tend to use in our typical cooking, the world of Indian cookery actually makes use of nearly 200 of these ingredients! It really is little wonder that Indian food is so varied, versatile and the absolute opposite of boring!

It’s Not Just About The Food 

The Indian eating culture is certainly not just about grabbing a mouthful and rushing on to your next activity. Eating is an activity in the Indian family scene. It is a time for the whole family to gather around, to catch up, to swap stories and to do all of this over fabulous food. If you have never visited the home of an Indian family you really need to try to make it happen, you may very well be blown away, not just by the food, but by how great the food tastes when dining is viewed as an event.

Where To Go For Your Indian Cravings To Be Satisfied 

We can imagine what is happening to you right now as you read about Indian food and just a few of the reasons why we love it so much. That’s right, your mouth is starting to water, your tummy is starting to growl and the meal that you had planned for this evening is feeling less and less appealing by the minute. So where are you going to go to satisfy your Indian cravings?
Allow us to recommend the Royal Spice restaurant. What kind of dishes will be available to tantalize your taste buds?
Of course, like all restaurants, menus can change, however, we are going to indulge you in information about typical Indian dishes which you will more than likely find available in most restaurants, including the Royal Spice restaurant.

Tandoori Dishes 

An all-time favourite for many visitors to Indian restaurants, Tandoori dishes know how to pack a punch when it comes to flavour. For instance, take Tandoori Chicken, tender chicken, marinated in yoghurt and with the addition of special spices. The meat then tends to be barbecued over charcoal in a clay oven; pure perfection.
 

Biryani Dishes 

Rice dishes have the power to be boring and without flavour, or succulent, mouth-watering and sensational. When you go to the right Indian restaurant, you are sure to get the latter. You can opt for a Special Biryani with a mixture of prawns, chicken, and lamb or beef meat, or if you prefer, choose the meat of your choice. If you feel like something extra in you Biryani why not ask the Royal Spice restaurant to create a rice dish just for you.

Balti Dishes 

An all-time favourite for myself, a great Balti is fairly hot without being fiercely hot and boasts bold flavours that will have you coming back for more. Remember, whilst many Indian dishes are served with meat, the vegetarians among us certainly do not need to feel that this cuisine is out of bounds for them. Most of the Indian dishes can be prepared with vegetables instead of meat and in fact, many of the side dishes which are traditionally cooked with vegetables only can easily be made into a main meal at your request.
Certainly, we know how loved Indian food is and for many good reasons. In fact, today we have learned that science is even able to back up our love for Indian cuisine! Whether you care to think about the chemical compounds which make up flavours when you eat your next Indian meal is entirely up to you, however, one thing you can be sure of is that science has got your back when it comes to craving Indian dishes time and time again.
If you feel like some traditional Indian food that knows how to pack a punch, why not consider visiting the Royal Spice restaurant? Whether you decide to go for a spicy Balti, a tasty Biryani, a creamy Korma or something else on the menu, be sure to savour each and every tasty morsel! Bon Appetit!

Thai Coffee 101: All About Oliang

Posted by Krittameth Suppamongkon on September 8, 2018

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Oliang, which is also sometimes spelled as “Oleang,” is a traditional Thai iced coffee beverage that differs in many ways from the super-sweetened iced coffee that other parts of the world have come to know.

This coffee is named for the Teochew dialect that many Thai Chinese individuals speak. “O” means “black” and “Liang” means “cold” in this dialect. As you can imagine, this means that Oliang is a black iced coffee drink. Oliang has been likened to the Americano beverage that’s been popularized by brands like Starbucks, but the production process is different and the resulting flavor slightly more bitter than what one would expect of an Americano.

Preparation

Oliang coffee is a blend of numerous coffee types and is typically sold in a powdered format. It is brewed with a thung tom kafae, a filter that’s been made from a muslin bag. This type of filter is commonly used in the creation of Thai iced teas, as well. The bag is then attached to a metal ring with a handle for the brewing process.

Depending on the drinker’s preference, there are a slew of ingredients that can be – and commonly are – added to the coffee concoction, including:

    • Sesame seeds
    • Sugar
    • Soy beans
    • Corn
    • Roasted rice
    • Caramel
    • Brown sugar
    • Cardamom

The addition of milk is not uncommon, but this actually morphs the Oliang into a different coffee beverage altogether: Café Boran. Café Boran is often enjoyed as a part of a porridge-based breakfast.

Different Variations of Oliang Coffee

Oliang can be served in a number of ways and is often served with a side of evaporated or condensed milk. However, when the coffee is enjoyed in one of these ways it is not uncommon for it to be referred to by a different name.

Oliang, for example, is the simple black coffee served on ice. When served with condensed milk, it is called “gopi.” If the Oliang is served with fresh milk it is referred to as an “Oliang-yoklo” beverage. Some of these variations may taste very similar to what Westerners refer to simply as “iced coffee” due to the added sweetness of the milk-based condiments.

Oliang is a traditional Thai coffee that has been enjoyed by residents of the country for years. It is also widely appreciated by those who take origin tours of coffee-producing countries and want to savor the flavors of the world beyond their homes.

Interesting Facts about Thai Coffee

Posted by Krittameth Suppamongkon on September 2, 2018

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Thailand’s green coffee beans are responsible for some of the most flavorful beverages that you could ever have the pleasure of drinking. Yet, because the coffee is rarely exported outside of the country with the exception of a few mainstream brands, few people get to acquaint themselves with the unique bouquet of flavors. Even if you do get your hands on a cup outside of Thailand, there’s a very good chance that the person serving it to you doesn’t know much about its production. In this way, Thailand is one of coffee’s best-kept secrets.

Within the country, coffee production is ramping up in a big way and its popularity is spreading like wildfire. If you’re considering a trip abroad or a drive to a specialty coffee shop in your home country, here are some things to know about the coffee that will put your previous cups to shame.

Thailand Has Members of the Specialty Coffee Association of America

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (or SCAA) recognizes coffee professionals in over forty coffee-producing nations. From coffee manufacturers to baristas in cafes, this organization recognizes thousands of individuals who have placed coffee, inclusiveness and diversity at the top of their priorities list.

Thailand’s Coffee Farmers Are Young with Diverse Backgrounds

A lot of the individuals farming coffee in Thailand range between their 20s and their 40s. People from all walks of life, from young professionals to baristas and everything in-between, have thrown their hat into Thailand’s booming coffee enterprise.

The Government is Invested in Thailand Coffee Production

The Golden Triangle, a region where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos intersect, used to be a hot spot for drug crimes up until the 1980s. This change came about when the Thai government thought of the perfect replacement for the opium fields in this area: coffee beans.

Thai Coffee is Produced Almost Exclusively by Small-Scale Farmers

Because of Thailand’s efforts to overcome rapid deforestation issues, only small swaths of land can be used for the production of coffee beans. This means that most of the coffee made in Thailand is produced by individuals and families, picked and processed on a small scale. This fact is often credited with driving up the costs of Thai coffee, especially in comparison to similar origin countries like Panama.

Thailand is Known for Robusta Coffee

This type of coffee is known for its low acidity and a notably bitter flavor. This robust coffee is considered a great alternative for those who love Arabica but wish for something with a bolder, more distinctive taste. Robusta originated in sub-Saharan Africa and has almost double the caffeine content of Arabica and Arabica-based blends. Robusta is often used in espresso.

Contact Us

While Dick’s Café is dedicated to providing the calm, inclusive and relaxing café experience that you desire, we are always looking to hear from the members of our community. Reach out to us with any questions, comments, concerns or compliments that you have. We value your input and will consider everything that you have to say with an open mind and heart.