Story Number: NNS140327-02Release Date: 3/27/2014 7:44:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jon Erickson, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs
SATTAHIP, Thailand (NNS) -- Thai chefs visited the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) to teach Sailors and Military Sealift Command (MSC) civil service mariners how to cook Thai cuisine.
Thai Chef Boonma Indarabag and her executive chef Pamita Salatirom, from the Marriot Resort and Spa in Pattaya, teamed up with MSC cooks in the ship's wardroom galley for the demonstration.
"It is a privilege to have them aboard," said Elsie Escaro, an MSC cook. "It's great seeing the way they use the different spices to make the food."
The Thai chefs came aboard with everything they needed to prepare the food which ranged from shrimp, pork, and plenty of hot peppers and spices.
"The food was very spicy, but also very good," said Escaro. "I couldn't speak for a while because it was so hot."
Indarabag and Salatirom taught the MSC cooks how to prepare the ingredients and how to mix everything together.
"It was great seeing MSC and the Thai chefs work together," said Peter Thorand, the president of Navy League of the United States, Siam Council, Thailand, and translator for the chefs. "It was almost like they've been working together for years."
The Thai chefs presented their dishes to the officers aboard the ship and wanted to personally serve each of them their food.
Translating on behalf of Indarabag and Salatirom, Thorand said "it is a great pleasure to serve Frank Cable and her crew. They really enjoy teaching their cooking styles to the crew."
After lunch, the chefs presented a Thai cook book to Capt. Mark Benjamin, Frank Cable's commanding officer, Cmdr. Tom Gorey, Frank Cable's executive officer, and the MSC cooking staff aboard the ship.
Escaro said she plans to incorporate some of what she learned in the meals MSC will make in the future.
Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently on a scheduled underway period.
For more information on Frank Cable, visit www.cable.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/USSFrankCableAS40 or www.navy.mil/local/as40/.