Govt seeks Unesco listing for 'tomyam kung'

Soup, recently. (Post Today photo)
Soup, recently. (Post Today photo)

Early next year, Thailand will seek to have the tomyam kung spicy prawn soup listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as part of the country's tangible cultural heritage.

The decision was reached at Tuesday's meeting of the Ministry of Culture's committee on cultural heritage protection and promotion, Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said after the meeting.

The term tomyam consists of tom, a Thai verb for boil, and yam a Thai noun meaning spicy salad, which uniquely refers to a Thai cuisine belonging to the Central Plains, he said. Kung is a Thai word referring to prawns and shrimps.

A public hearing will be held next for parties concerned such as those education institutes offering cooking classes that include tomyam kung and associations of Thai food operators to garner as much as possible knowledge and information about Thai traditional tomyam kung, said the minister.

This information will be used for reference when the ministry prepares documents and produces media materials for submission to Unesco by March 31 next year, he said.

The proposal will be submitted to the cabinet for approval before being presented to Unesco, according to Mr Vira.

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  • cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
  • cultural (adj.): related to the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • garner: to obtain; to get - ได้รับ, รวบรวมได้
  • heritage: the art, buildings, traditions, and beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture - มรดก ประเพณีที่ตกทอด
  • institutions: large and important organizations, such as universities or banks - สถาบัน
  • proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ
  • submission: formally giving something to someone so that can make a decision about it - การยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
  • tangible: real or not imaginary; able to be shown, touched or experienced - ชัดเจน
  • Unesco: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -
  • uniquely (adv): being the only one of its kind - หาที่เสมอเหมือนไม่ได้, ฉีกแนว

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