5 September 2018 / Luke Charny / Chiang Mai

Watch this Thai chicken roast with solar power alone

  • Author
    Luke Charny
  • Category
    Chiang Mai
  • Date
    5 September 2018

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We live in a world of non-renewable energy and people are fast becoming aware of the impact this is having upon our planet. Whether it’s fossil fuels for power stations, plastics in our oceans or the carbon footprint left behind from shipping produce across the globe, the implications for our future cannot be ignored.

Every now and then, however, you come across someone doing things a little differently. In a quiet corner of Thailand one man has found a simple and effective way to do just that. Sila Sutharat and his wife Pansri have been harvesting the mighty power of the tropical Thai sunshine to cook chicken using simple solar power.

For 20 years this inventive couple have been cooking chicken using a wall of adjustable mirrors. At first the locals thought he’d lost his marbles, but with a little trial and error he succeeded and so the locals came to eat. It wasn’t until videos of his invention went viral online that he really got the recognition he deserved.

These days people from across Thailand and further afield travel to taste the Sutharat’s sunbaked chicken. They cook around 40 chickens and sides of pork daily, selling out quick. Each chicken takes 10-12 minutes to bake as it rotates on the spit and people really enjoy the taste of succulent, evenly cooked meat with no charred, burnt aroma.

Granted not everyone in the world can cook with solar power, but if more people thought like this couple the world would be a cleaner, greener more pleasant place to live. It’s thinking outside the box like the Sutharat’s that will change the way we do things for the better of all.

Fancy some mouth-wateringly delicious gai yang BBQ chicken? It’s not yet cooked by solar power, but it’s on our Chiang Mai Lunchtime Food Tasting Tour along with lots of other great stuff.

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