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Although disputed, the art of carving into fruits and vegetable presumably began in Thailand.
Some theory said that the art of carving fruits and vegetables began in China do about 2000 years, for decorating plates and events, and olny after.



Or perhaps Japan is the root of the art of fruit and vegetable carving, called Mukimono in Japanese.
According the book “Japanese Garnishes, The Ancient Art of Mukimono”, by Yukiko and Bob Haydok, Mukimono’s origins began in ancient times when food was served on unglazed clay pottery. These rough platters were covered with a leaf before the food was plated. The Chinese make allegorical figures and images of their stories and legends, whereas the Thailanders make flowers, mainly.

Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.As a fact, Thailand turism "explode' so the carving art into fruits and vegetables became more and more atractive among turists.

Mukimono's origins begin in ancient times when food was served in unglazed clay pottery. These rough platters were covered with a leaf before the food was plated. Artistic chefs realized that the cutting or folding of the leaf in different ways created a more attractive presentation. 


And so Mukimono began. But it did not become popular until not until sixteenth century. During this period, when Edo (Tokyo) became the new capital, Mukimono gained official recoginition. Street artists created clever garnishes upon request. From those beginnings the art has developed into a most important part of every Japanese chef's training.


Traditional Thai food is normally presented with carved fruit and vegetables.The purpose is to make food more attractive and appetizing because it’s not only about the taste but also about the presentation.The art of fruit and vegetable carving was originated by the chief royal consort, Nang Noppharat, in 1364 at the old Thai capital of Sukhothai. 



A floating lamp (Krathong) was decorated with fruit and vegetable carvings shaped as flowers, birds, and animals.The Krathong was made in celebration of Loey Krathong, the royal festival celebrated in November during the full moon.When King Phra Ruang saw that Nang Noppharat created such a beautiful piece of art he “decreed it would be an art heritage of Thailand” .

For over 700 years, the art has been performed by the ladies of the royal court.The beauty of the art was created for the exclusive enjoyment of the King and the high ranked staff in the palace.As the owners of Bangkok Bay we feel that it’s very important for us to maintain this treasured art and share a piece of this beautiful culture with our community.

 Mimi Bangbor, co-owner, started taking carving lessons at the Berkeley Thai temple over 16 years ago.  She has devoted her free time to perfect and practice this skill ever since.She has dazzled Bangkok Bay’s customers with an array of fruit and vegetable pieces that have been displayed at special catering events. 

 Fruits such as melon and pineapple are carved into boats and bowls to grace buffet tables. Vegetables including carrots, pumpkins, scallions and radishes are transformed into roses and carnations. Mythological figures are carved in ice in glistening impermanence in Bangkok four star hotels. 



Tiny ginger roots are carved into detailed shapes of flowers, crabs and shrimps and preserved for years.Pineapples, papayas and various fruits are carved in traditional designs and hallowed out to become containers for fruit salads, fried rice or sauces.

Thai fruit and vegetable carving knives imported from Thailand are their counterpart in the world of professional fruit carving.The Thai carving knives here are hand-made in traditional styles by Thai artisans and have been used by professional fruit carvers in Thailand for fruit carving for many years.



Because these knives are so lightweight they are ideal for long hours of intricate fruit and vegetable carving.The incredible blades are strong but flexible, thin and so sharp that they cut like scalpels. Cutting with these knives will feel exact and the laser-sharp blades will hold their edge.

Interesting Facts

Although originally from China or Japan) still nowdays Tailand is the "record holder" in terms of popularity.Mainly "hard fruits" are easy to carve but real masters can carve with their special tools in almost every fruit or vegetable.
The most popular carving tools are as well the Thai carving knifes.

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