More than just a traditional way of farming is vanishing with the slow but inexorable decline of buffaloes in the North. Not being ones to waste anything, the people of the region are also rueing the loss of certain culinary arts of which the buffalo is an intrinsic part.
Buffaloes keep cool in a muddy field in Phayao. The animals are declining rapidly as modern farming techniques and demand from neighbouring countries reduce their numbers. The problem is also threatening the food culture in the North where people in many areas consume buffalo meat and skin. PHOTOS BY SAIARUN PINADUANG
Northern residents traditionally cook delicacies such as a distinctive-tasting vegetable soup using sun-dried buffalo skin as an indispensable ingredient. But with fewer buffaloes around, this prized ingredient of northern kitchens has become a rare and expensive commodity.
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