The Cabbage & Condoms restaurants are legendary for delicious Thai food, with a wide range of vegetarian dishes, a tongue-in-cheek safe sex message and two decades supporting community work. They can be found in Bangkok and Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Viengpapao.
What you can experience?
The perfect restaurant for a special night out…and guaranteed not to get anyone pregnant!
The Cabbages and Condoms restaurants offer a fantastic dining experience in a pleasant ambiance … They also promote the health and safety aspects of condom use in a fun and amusing manner – learn how to keep safe between the sheets!
Food includes a range of classic Thai and upcountry dishes, salads, soups, and chilli dips. Try a ‘whole roasted young mountain chicken bathed in wild honey’ or ‘spicy and sour soup of a whole serpent-head fish!’ There is also an extensive vegetarian menu including tofu and mushroom versions of Thai classics like Tom Kha, Green Curry and spicy stir-fries with basil leaves and chilli.
C&C restaurants also showcase crafts produced by villages supported by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) across Thailand. In the eye-catching Sukhumvit Road branch, you will find over 500 products for sale… great gifts for friends and family.
All proceeds from restaurants and crafts are used to fund the social development programs of PDA.
There’s no refund if your after-dinner mint is a little on the chewy side… every diner gets a condom!
How does it help ?
PDA was established in 1974 to promote family planning and help reduce Thailand’s population growth rate. PDA’s original mission was to make condoms as easily available as cabbages. Cabbages and Condoms (C&C) restaurants supported this mission by increasing awareness of family planning, desensitising the issue of condom use, and creating income to support PDA’s community development work. C&C’s profits now enable PDA to offer consistent support to villagers.
C&C enabled PDA to escape the NGO dilemma of relying on donations to survive, and blazed a trail by proving that a NGO could combine responsible ‘social enterprise’ with social work. It allows PDA the freedom to have a more holistic project than if restricted by the frames of external donors.
PDA projects supported indirectly through C&C restaurants include rural industrialisation projects, poverty alleviation, family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention activities. PDA also provides a huge amount of useful information to visitors about Thai life and culture, in the city and upcountry.
By having a reliable and constant source of funding, PDA is able to maintain its pool of dedicated employees, who have been able to invest their entire professional life with PDA.
- On May 29, 2007, PDA was awarded the 2007 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s Gates Award in recognition of its pioneering work in family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.
- Check out the Cabbages & Condoms’s interview with Mechai Viravaidya on social enterprise and HIV/AIDS in Thailand –By Wayne Visser
For more details, see C&C website: http://www.pda.or.th/restaurant/
Population and Development Corporation (PDC)
c/o Population and Community Development Association (PDA)
6 Sukhumvit 12, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel : (+66)2229-4611-28 Fax : (+66)2229-4632
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
C&C Chiang Rai
All North Co. Ltd.
620/25 Thanalai Rd.
A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000
Tel/Fax: 053 – 740088
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also restaurants in Pattaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram and Viengpapao, see: http://www.pda.or.th/restaurant/contact_us.asp