When I was young, my grandmother taught me the dishes of my homeland.
I learned them the hard way–there were no shortcuts.
We caught the fish ourselves, picked the shallots, chilies and garlic in our very own backyard, and prepared the rice to its fluffed perfection each day. I climbed so many coconut trees just to enjoy a fresh curry together. Every ingredient came from Thailand’s beautiful, rich environment. Without realizing it at the time, every recipe we prepared together was a gift being passed down from one generation to another.
I now have over fifteen years of experience as a Thai and Sushi chef, perfecting the craft across many of Miami’s popular Asian spots, but every time I step into a kitchen, I am brought back to those curries with my grandmother. At home, meals did not have to be presented stylishly, and they did not need any fancy dinnerware. We worked so hard to gather the ingredients that when it was time to eat, we would simply pile the food onto our plates, sit down at the table, and let the flavors speak for themselves. That explosive combination of spices unique to Thailand is what we craved after a long day of work.
Cooking with my grandmother taught me that behind all the complex aromas and vibrant colors, our food at its core is all about heat and harmony. And I think it is something too special not to share. That is why I opened this restaurant. We keep my grandmother’s memory alive with every dish.