Quick stop in Thailand’s “rubber triangle” at Condom Cottages on the way to Chiang Rai. We learned how this little outpost (with the funny name and lots of condom-themed gifts) supports an important sex education program in Thailand called Cabbages and Condoms (C&C). The C&C restaurant, located in Bangkok, was created to promote awareness and acceptance of family planning. Proceeds from the restaurant and small shops like this help support various health-related programs (primary health, education, HIV/AIDS, rural development, environment and water etc.) for the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Thailand.
Cabbages and Condoms – Humble Beginnings
The Cabbages and Condoms restaurant started as a small vegetable stand on PDA office premises where the vegetables, along with lace panties, T-shirts, key chains, condoms, and oral contraceptives were sold to the local residents. PDA’s Chairman, Mechai Viravaidya, called the shop “Cabbages and Condoms”, a catchy sobriquet that never failed to elicit chuckles from passersby and draw the curious into the shop. In the seventies Mechai added a small outdoor restaurant where the ‘Som Tam’ (Green Papaya Salad) and ‘Larb Gai’ (Spicy Chicken Salad) were among the best in Bangkok.
As the cuisine gained a reputation, outsiders began showing up. Some of our specialty dishes you may try are ‘Massaman Curry’ (Chicken, beef or lamp sweet curry with potato), ‘Mieng Khum’ (Thai ancient appetizer-lemon, dried shrimp, peanut, ginger, deep-fried coconut, chili, shallots and special sauce with wild betel leaves), ‘Phad Thai Goong Sod’ (Stir-fried rice noodle with shrimps), ‘Tom Yam Goong’ (Thai spicy shrimp soup, seasoned with chili, lime, lemongrass and galangal), ‘Khao Niew Mamuang Inter’ (Mango and sweet rice) and ‘Po Pia Tod’ (Deep-fried roll of vegetables and glass noodle).
They also have a great slogan: “Our Food is Guaranteed Not to Cause Pregnancy” – bravo!