The King has a liking for most kinds of vegetables, except coriander, onion and preserved cabbage. His staple is brown rice. His favourite drink is Ovaltine. He refrains from eatingTilapia nilotica, because the fish was introduced to Thailand through him. The first batch of 50 tilapia was shipped to Bangkok from Japan on March 25, 1965, as a birthday present to the King from Emperor Akihito. They were bred at Chitralada Villa and then distributed to the whole country.