This is our story. It is late 2016 around 6pm and three friends are basking not only in the multi-hued glow of a tropical sun on the calmed turquoise of the Andaman Sea, but a successful day of catch and release Big Game fishing from the stern of MV Reely Nauti II.
In the cockpit lounging in the fighting chairs is Captain Martin James Eleveld and 1st Mate Uwe Schittek and the “press ganged” cook Walter Dreier, who ambles to the aft of the boat with one of his many treats.
So our Captain Ahab takes a bite of Walter’s treat, his eyes brighten and as a smile broadens his classic Dutch features, he exclaims with rapture: ‘Walter, this is smoked fish. Where did you buy it? Wow, it is amazing.”
Walter retorts with derision somewhat taken aback with his Austrian pride affronted. ‘Buy it? No, no I cold smoked this at home using Grand Pa’s smoking recipes from Carinthia.’ On the way back to Ao Po Marina, Martin was at the wheel and plan was hatched. In his mind he said: ‘We will go and make the best smoked fish in Thailand.’
It is now time for a cliché. Yes, three men, one passion - smoked fish. And the rest, as they say, is history? Well not quite, because a lot of work needed to be done and today Captain Hooks Smokehouse operates out of 620 square meter state-of-the-art FDA, HACCP and GMP certified factory serving supermarkets such as Villa Market, Central Food Hall, Tops and Rimping across Thailand with packaged products and wholesale customers, with a range of delicious products including hot and cold smoked varieties of salmon, tuna, swordfish, halibut, mackerel and new deli meats like beef brisket pastrami.
In Bangkok our products can also be enjoyed with a “Grab & Go” menu and smoked fish platters and party boxes of delicious offerings to be purchased online for the home or office.
We live in a world of adulterated foods, much molested, much over marketed - but Captain Hooks Smokehouse only uses traditional European Smoking techniques, with no GM products, dyes or preservatives. Only responsible sourced fish, German Beechwood, and a family recipe for curing.
Grand Pa Dreier not only gave Walter twinkling blue eyes, and an impish grin, but also a piece of Austrian culture to share with the world.
84/2 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea , Khet Watthana Bangkok.
Tel: +66 8 1833 4795