Pigs Legs, CocaCola and goverment don’t mix

Today Thailand’s prime miniester was forced out of office by the judiciary on rather unusual grounds. Put more eloquently, by The Times:

Thailand’s Prime Minister was forced to resign today over his double life as a television celebrity chef.

After a mammoth deliberation session by the nine judges of Thailand’s Constitutional Court, Samak Sundaravej was told today that he and his Cabinet must resign, plunging his country’s crisis-stricken politics still deeper into chaos.

The judgment brings to an end the rule of the first democratically elected prime minister since Thailand’s government fell to a military coup in 2006.

This is the culmination of riots and various other civil disobedience over a long period. Apparently (according to WNYC), the judiciary is usually extremely slow when it comes to processing cases etc and so this looks very much to be a stitch up. Having said that, the thousands of supporters camped in his office – which is presumably huge – seem to be celebrating. The Guardian today published what everyone is dying to see, some of his recipes. For your delectation, here’s one reproduced:

Pigs’ legs in Coca-Cola

Ingredients (serves five):

  • Five pig legs
  • Four bottles of Coca-Cola
  • Three tablespoons salt
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic, chopped
  • See-uan (a sweet, dark sauce)
  • Four to five cinnamon sticks
  • Coriander root
  • Ground pepper
  • Five tablespoons “pongpalo” powder
  • Shitake mushrooms


Place the pig legs in a large pot. Pour over the Coca-Cola and bring to the boil. Add the coriander root, garlic, pepper, salt, fish sauce, “pongpalo” and cinnamon sticks.

Add sufficient water to cover. Cut the stalks off the Shitake mushrooms and add hot water to soften. Then add to the main pot. Bring to boil and simmer or at least three hours. Make sweet sauce with see-uan. Serve chilli and vinegar sauce.

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