Thaimee Love

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Chef Hong Thaimee

Originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hong Thaimee is a chef, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has served as a global ambassador for Thai cuisine and culture for nearly a decade. Armed with drive, a Master’s Degree in business, but little professional kitchen experience, Hong set off for New York City with the goal of sharing her love for Thai food with the world. She used her tenacity to secure cooking jobs at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s acclaimed Spice Market and Perry Street restaurants, where she spent several years mastering classic technique. In 2012, Hong left Jean-Georges to open Ngam in the East Village which was named Best Thai Food in NYC by The Village Voice in 2013. In 2015, she published her first cookbook “True Thai” (Rizzoli). Hong has been invited to cook at prestigious venues such as New York’s Metropolitan Musuem of Art, the James Beard House, The St. Regis Maldives, and many more.

In the Fall of 2020, Hong debuted her latest venture, Thaimee Love. After a successful pop-up restaurant to trial the concept, her permanent new restaurant, Thaimee Love, opened in October 2021 on New York’s W Houston Street. Thaimee Love specializes in “Baan Baan” cuisine, replicating the comforting, home-style of Northern Thai dishes.

Featured Thai Rolls provided by Chef Hong Thaimee
on August 25th, 2022:

Summer Shrimp Roll & Summer Tofu Roll

Featured dish provided by Chef Hong Thaimee
on March 29th, 2022:

Green Curry Braised Chicken with
Eggplant, Basil, Green Chili, Jasmine Rice and Red Quinoa

Featured dish provided by Chef Hong Thaimee
on December 9th, 2021:

Duck Leg with Lychee and Eggplant in Curry Broth, Jasmine Rice with Quinoa

Featured dish provided by Chef Hong Thaimee
on September 28th, 2021:

My Mama's Pork Ribs with Sweet Chili Glaze and Vegetable Fried Rice

Featured dishes provided by Chef Hong Thaimee
on August 12th, 2021:

Chiangmai-style Pork Laab with
Sautéed Summer Zucchini, Eggs, Jasmine Rice

Chiangmai-style Tofu and Mushrooms with
Sautéed Summer Zucchini, Eggs, Jasmine Rice

Photos courtesy of Thaimee Love

Thaimee Love

116 West Houston Street,
New York City, 10012
347-325-2557

www.thaimeelove.com

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WAYLA translates to “time” in Thai – meaning – take a little time out of your day to come have a drink with us, or take a little more time off and enjoy a leisurely meal with us! Wayla serves bright and fresh homestyle Thai food with a greenmarket approach inspired by the markets in Bangkok where Chef, Tom Naumsuwan, grew up.

Chef Tom Naumsuwan was born and raised in Bangkok. The street markets of his home city are Naumsuwan’s main inspiration for his cooking at Wayla. He emphasizes top-quality ingredients and wholesomeness over breadth and novelty. He wanted to differentiate Wayla with a consice menu of simple, comforting fare. “A lot of times we see Thai food that’s very exotic or crazy spicy, which is fun and has its place,” he adds. In contrast, his food is accessible and even healthy. At times he pairs vegetables with certain proteins to ensure low-cholesterol in a dish. What’s most important, he maintains, is that his customers leave Wayla feeling “as if [their] mom [had] cooked you dinner.”

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on February 18th, 2021:

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Mango Mousse for Dessert

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Wayla

100 Forsyth Street,
New York, NY 10002

www.waylanyc.com

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