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Recipe of the Month: Thai Banana in Coconut Cream

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

As the weather is cooling down, there’s nothing better than enjoying some warm home-made desserts.
And today we are featuring our yummy Thai Style Banana in Coconut Cream. Please see the ingredients and the instructions below.

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 6 bananas
12fl oz/375ml/ 2 cups coconut milk
2tbs/30 ml granulated sugar
0.5 tsp/2.5ml salt


Peel the bananas and chop into 2in/5cm segments. In a saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the sugar and salt, and cook gently until the sugar dissolved. Add the banana pieces and cook gently for 5 minutes. Divide the mixturee into 6-8 small bowls and serve warm.

Recipe of the Month: Thai Pumpkin Custard

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

Halloween is here and no one can deny that pumpkin is totally IN right now! So here we are introducing a Thai Jack O’Lantern treat called Sankaya or Thai Pumpkin Custard. Wonder what it is and how to make it? Please see the recipe below.

Sankaya or Thai pumpkin custard is a Thai-style inside out pumpkin pie in which a lightly sweetened coconut milk and egg custard is steamed inside of a hollowed out pumpkin. A perfect balance of textures, the steamed egg custard inside shows the influence of the Portuguese on Thai cuisine, who introduced the idea of adding eggs to desserts in the 1600’s.



  1. Cut out the pumpkin just like you would for Halloween. Cut out the top, remove all the seeds and the stringy insides.
  2. In a mixing bowl crack the eggs, add coconut milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and palm sugar.  Stir well until the palm sugar is blended into the mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pumpkin.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a steamer. Then place the pumpkin and the pumpkin lid inside the steamer basket. Don’t cover the pumpkin with the lid. Set the pumpkin lid in the steaming basket off to the side so it cooks too.
  5. Now place the basket onto the steamer and cover the basket with the lid. Steam for about 45 minutes.
  6. When you think it’s time, open the steamer and stick a fork into the custard to check if it is done.  If the fork comes out all wet and runny you need to steam it a little longer.
  7. Remove the basket from the steamer and let the pumpkin cool down.
  8. When you are ready to serve, take a knife and cut a wedge out of the pumpkin just as if it were a pie. The custard should be firm enough to stand on its own and not be runny.
  9. Allow to cool to room temperature and serve to your guests. They can eat the entire pumpkin – the skin and flesh of the pumpkin and the creamy custard inside. Refrigerate any leftovers.

The Story of Warm Thai Bamboo Massage

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

Long before paper was invented, monks in the Buddhist Temples recorded their history on
 thin sheets of bamboo. This close relative of sugar cane was used in many ways from food ingredients, making tools, spiritual offerings and even building houses.  At that time, bamboo was such an important part of daily life that it  naturally was used as a form of creative and spiritual expression, which became meaningful to rituals and healing practices.

In Thailand, it was in the North-East provinces that the use of bamboo for massage first became famous.  It has since been available in many rural health clinics and small day spas and is showing up more and more in large spas in Bangkok and internationally.

Just because we are seeing bamboo used at in Day Spas in the west for the first time does not mean that this is a “new” technique.  It does have deep roots in tradition and is a truly exotic and effective method of delivering bodywork.  At Sabai Thai Spa, we are always trying to incorporate a wide variety of interesting spa offerings steeped with history and meaning that may be less accessible in the modern world we are living in.

Our Thai Warm Bamboo massage uses techniques that incorporate smooth bamboo rods of various diameters, cut in a range of lengths.  These bamboo pieces represent the tools used for the Thai Warm Bamboo Massage.   After warming up the pieces of bamboo, our Therapist is then ready to use these tools as an extension of their hands, forearms and elbows.  This enables them to work deeply and effectively, which can produce, and deep, calming and therapeutic treatment.  The Bamboo Massage Tools vary in size because different body parts require the use of different sizes and shapes of bamboo to be used in order to accommodate the shapes of the muscles, joints and bony structures of the body.

It truly is a unique experience that we are sure everyone will enjoy. Want to learn more about our warm bamboo massage? Click HERE!


Winner Announced

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

A lot of you might know that recently we ran a Newsletter contest to win free “Thai Warm Bamboo Massage.” And here are the winners in order of quickest responses:

1.  Eve Chen – booked in at Coal Harbour
2.  Elizabeth Hsu – Booked in at West Vancouver
3.  Sally Whitehead – Booked in at Coal Harbour
4. Trish O’Brien – Booked in at North Vancouver
5. Kieth Bell – Booked in at West Vanocuver
Thank you so much everyone for booking in. Unfortunately we could only give out 5 free treatments.
BUT… if you’d really like to win one for free, you could check out this Warm Bamboo Massage Contest on Facebook which runs until Friday October 5th.
Who knows, you might be our next winner!Or else, our Warm Bamboo Massage is on October promotion too. It’s only $99 (reg. $125) for 60 mins.
So come on down to get your spa fix!


Homemade Spa Recipes

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

At Sabai Thai Spa, as much as we’d love to have you over for a spa day, we know not everyone has time to drop by at our location all the time.

So, this post is dedicated specifically for busy ladies and gents who would like to try putting up a spa at home. Have a look at the spa recipes below and let us know which one you’d like to try best.

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Face Masks:

Mix equal parts cooked oatmeal, full fat yogurt and two tablespoons of warmed honey for the ultimate hydrating mask. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Don’t have oatmeal? Mix two tablespoons of yogurt and one tablespoon of honey.

Oily skin:
Mash one ripe banana with one tablespoon of honey. Add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit and apply for 20 minutes. Remove with warm water.

Body Scrub:

After your brew your morning coffee, take the cool coffee grinds and mix with one cup of sugar and ¼ cup of olive oil. Use as you would any other body scrub in the shower. If your coffee didn’t give you the kick start you were looking for, this will.


In a small bowl, warm up some olive oil (but make sure it isn’t too hot). Massage into your tresses all the way down to the ends. Keep

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in for as long as you can stand and wash your hair as you normally would. The result? Super shiny, smooth hair.

Extending colour treatment for dark hair:
For dark hair, rinse with strong coffee.

Beach waves:

Add one tablespoon of sea salt to one cups of warm water. Dissolve the salt crystals and add to a spray bottle. Spray over partially dried hair and dry naturally for loose summer waves.

That is about it for all the home made spa recipes.

And if you have any other homemade spa ideas for natural beauty, feel free to share or comment below.





A Short History of Spa

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

Ever wonder who first invented the word “spa”? And what spa was like back in those days?
Here’s a brief yet interesting story of spa. Have a look below to learn more! 

The word spa in Latin is acronym of “salus per aquam” or “health from water.” Spa is also the name of a small Belgium village where hot mineral springs were used by Roman soldiers to treat aching muscles and wounds from a battle.

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By 43 A.D. citizens of Rome began to view baths as a way of providing rest, relaxation, and solace to all people, not just those weary of war. In 70 A.D., the Romans built a spa around the hot springs at Bath, England, and a temple nearby to honor the goddess

By the year 300 A.D., there were over 900 baths throughout the Empire. The oldest Roman spa is still in existence today is located in Merano, Italy.

Baths were an important part of the daily life of both Roman men and by the Elizabethan Era, the popularity of the hot springs at Bath had increased greatly.  At this time, the use of spas was becoming more widely accepted attracting many visitors who were searching for cures to various illnesses and ailments.

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It also became a practice for spas to be staffed by medical professionals who prescribed and carefully monitored the treatments provided for each visitor. These spas were tremendously successful and they grew rapidly, eventually expanding to add restaurants and casinos.

While the origins of spas are rooted in the healing waters of natural hot springs, the focus of spas around the world, including in the United States, has shifted. 

Advances in technology and medicine have developed new treatments that have all but replaced treatments that are more traditional. Modern spas are now focusing more on relaxation rather than healing. Many more types of spas and spa treatment are now being offered including Ayurvedic Spa, Day Spa, Dental Spa, Thai Spa or Facial Spa.







Thai Massage

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Thai Massage is relatively new to modern spas, but is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago as a healing modality. Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing. Thai massage takes place either on a mat on the floor or on a sturdy massage table, and you wear loose fitting clothing. At Sabai Thai Spa, we provide you with an outfit to wear. You start by laying on your back, and the therapist uses gentle compression and stretching techniques to open up your body, beginning with you legs. Some people say Thai massage is a little like doing yoga without any effort, because the therapist will push your body into various positions without any work on your part.

Thai massage is done with all your clothes on, so we recommend it if you feel uncomfortable with being disrobed during an oil massage.

Thai massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What does Thai massage feel like?

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage since part of the massage includes moving your body through space. At first allowing someone else to move your arms and legs around can feel awkward. This feeling soon subsides to the sensation of deep calmness as you are forced to completely let go.

Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment.

People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

What should I expect during my visit?

Thai massage is done either on a padded mat on the floor or on a sturdy massage table.

No oil is applied in Thai Massage, so you are fully dressed.
You will be asked to change into loose fitted Thai cotton massage clothes.
Thai Massage clothes are provided to you by Sabai Thai Spa, for your Thai Massage treatment.

A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes to two hours long.

Benefits of Thai massage?

Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:

  • relaxes
  • reduces stress
  • improves circulation
  • increases energy
  • increases flexibility
  • improves range of motion
  • centers the mind and body


We recommend the Indian head massage as an upgrade to this treatment, as the body’s energy is already opened up and flowing the effects of the Indian head massage will be more profound.



Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

Thai Massage is one of the oldest forms of bodywork still practiced today. Until recently it was practiced almost exclusively in Thailand. Now this healing art form has made its way west and is becoming increasingly popular here, in North America.

According to a recent study by the International Spa Association, products and services from Asia represent one of the most significant trends in the 21st century. Demand for Thai Massage and the traditional health products and healing therapies from Thailand continues to grow with each passing month, yet the number of qualified and experienced practitioners in the West remains low.

Everyday, more and more people are experiencing Traditional Thai Massage, and along with it are discovering the great healing benefits of other Thai Spa treatments such as the Thai Herbal Compress and Thai Foot Massage. Demand continues to grow for skilled and professional practitioners of the Thai healing arts. Now is the perfect time to embark on your journey into the wonderful world of Thai.

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