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Suga has Pig Ears Thai Style in Jamaica!

Suga’s Ratings for Mystic Thai!

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Endorsement: ★★★★★

Comments: Great Service and Authentic Thai Cuisine dishes infused with a well-balanced variety of herbs, spices and flavours in satisfactory portions for affordable prices. Ambience and lighting for a romantic dinner, but also a neat spot to meet for lunch or dinner with family and/or friends over drinks.

I challenged Mystic Thai in Montego Bay to cook me Pig Ears Thai style and they did not disappoint!

I visited Mystic Thai two weekends ago to not only try the Pig Ear dish prepared for me, but to also enjoy other dishes for dinner on Saturday night at about 8:45pm with my husband, Randy who does not eat pork.

Randy started off with a fiery Tom Yum Vegetable Soup ($4USD), which was a mixture of lemon grass, Thai herbs and chilli paste. It’s not for the light-hearted. It was a burst of flavour defining all herbs that later offered the taste buds some relief with the cool, minty effect of lemon grass.

He then enjoyed the Crispy Fried Okra Appetizer ($8USD) that I highly recommended.

In my last article on Pig Ears, I took my readers through several countries and how they usually prepare Pig Ears for their cuisines. So I wasn’t surprised when Chef Bansi Joshi came to our table presenting a Pig Ears Salad. The Pig Ears were boiled first, then cut longitudinally and deep-fried.

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Pig Ears Salad with lemon juice, cilantro, scallion, tomato and onion.

I thought that was going to be it, but out came another Pig Ears dish!

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Kapow style Pig Ears with Thai Chilli, garlic and other spices.

This time the Pig Ears arrived Kapow style, that is, based in soy sauce and cooked with garlic, chilli and other spices. I am not a fan of soy sauce, but appreciated the spicy flavour brought on by the Thai Chilli that accompanied it, along with other added spices. It was sweet, then immediately followed by a hit of spicy.

The Pig Ears had a bit of crisp and slightly rubbery texture as expected for both dishes and they were prepared the same way. I preferred the Salad that was lighter with a more highlighted taste and texture of the Pig Ears, along with the refreshing taste of lemon juice and cilantro.

I actually could not accommodate much more food. I had a few of my delish Shrimps in Panang curry, then sampled a bit of Randy’s Basil Naan and Lobster in Red Thai Curry. The Lobster was tasty, meaty and its sauce complemented it well.

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A. Shrimp in Panang Curry based in Red Chillies and Peanuts topped off with coconut cream sauce ($14USD) B. Basil Naan ($3USD) C. Lobster in Red Thai Curry, a blend of Dried Red Chillies, Kaffir Lime rind, Coriander root and Cumin ($18USD)

We were both stuffed and satisfied, especially after the gastronomic day we had, but I ensured space was made for the Fruit and Nut Chocolate Naan that I missed out on the last time I visited. I am paying for that Nutella at the gym right now but it was worth it!

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Fruit and Nut Chocolate Naan

Suga snaps to Owner, Kareena Mahbubani for taking on and facilitating my Pig Ears challenge, Chef Bansi for great execution and the staff for their usual great hospitality and attentiveness.

Hope to visit again soon! #SugaEndorsed

Mystic Thai (Asian & Thai Cuisine)

Location: B11 – Fairview Towne Centre Unit, Montego Bay

Ph: 876-633-6535

Website: http://www.mysticthaijamaica.com

Opening Hours: Mondays – Sundays, 11:30am – 10pm

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to Jamaica’s Davina Bennett for Finishing 3rd in the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant!

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The Top 3 of the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant after being announced! Miss South Africa, Colombia and Jamaica were selected from the Top 5 Finalists that included Miss Thailand and Miss Venezuela

The Miss Universe 2017 Pageant was held in Las Vegas last night and the beautiful and confident, well poised South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters took the crown! Congratulations to her. Well deserved.

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes her walk after being crowned Miss Universe 2017 (Photo: http://www.bustle.com)

The Pageant featured gorgeous gowns, but for Suga, it was our Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett in Yellow who stood out amongst a sea of nudes and neutrals. Her stunning lemon-yellow gown with caped sleeves was designed by our local,  Uzuri International Designs Ltd. The pop of colour was accentuated by her beautiful dark coloured skin and natural hair. Davina modelled the gown with the necessary charisma and flair.

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Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina Bennett in her Uzuri International Designs Ltd. Gown

Davina reached the top 5 answering a question on how Men and Women can work together to tackle the issue of Sexual Harassment. She started off well but got nervous towards the end, giving an overall mediocre answer. Not to worry though, because the other Top 5 Finalists who were given questions on other major issues gave mediocre answers as well. Miss South Africa, who was a favourite of mine from the beginning, was quite confident and concise with her answer.

After the Top 3 Finalists were announced, all 3 answered the same question this time around, of course using soundproof headphones so they could not hear each others’ answers.

The Question asked which Quality did they have that they were most proud of and how will they apply it to their time as Miss Universe.

Miss Jamaica was announced first in the Top 3, thus called first to answer. It was obvious she was nervous, starting off with a grammatical error, then finished eloquently with an overall good answer. She mentioned her Drive to create awareness about the deaf and how they should be treated as equals to get jobs etc. She even added a bit of sign language that was a nice touch.

Miss Colombia, Laura Gonzales followed with a mediocre answer having to do with her quality of Compassion. At first, I thought Miss Jamaica should have definitely placed before Miss Colombia for the 2nd spot. However, if you watch them answer their questions again, Miss Colombia answered confidently and more fluently without stuttering. I think Davina’s initial blunder and obvious nervousness throughout her answer costed her 2nd place and maybe even the crown. She also seemed a bit rehearsed.

Miss South Africa’s answer was natural, concise and to the point again. Her quality was Confidence, which was no surprise and she expressed herself well.

If you would like to just see Davina’s answer, click on the link to the first video. To see the answers from all 3 Finalists, check the link to the video below it.

Watch “Miss Universe 2017 Miss Jamaica question and answer” on YouTube’s link here:
 

https://youtu.be/37NjZMkYuRs

Watch “Miss Universe 2017 Top 3 finalists – The Final Question And Answer” on YouTube’s link here:

https://youtu.be/Yorb7N2YcEE

I am proud of Davina for representing Jamaica well. She was absolutely stunning and a natural beauty. Congrats Davina!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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