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Eat Drink & Live
A Taste of Chiang Rai in Berks
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by Allison Favila
ou may have noticed a new face on the Avenue -
specifically, at 615 Penn Avenue. I recently had the
opportunity to sit down with Julaluk Khamnoi, chef and
owner of Spoonful Thai Bistro, to talk about her background,
inspirations, specialties, and the future of Spoonful.
Khamnoi was born in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, and
immigrated to the US in 2010. She lived and worked in Las
Vegas, in and out of the kitchen (including as a casino dealer),
but always had a dream of opening her own restaurant. In July
2021, her dream was realized when she, with the help of her
parents, opened Spoonful.
Khamnoi started our chat by explaining to me some of the
regional differences among Thai cuisine. She is from the northern
part of the country, and while most Thai restaurants in the US
focus on centralized dishes that are popular here, she loves to
serve the regional northern cuisine. As she put it, " I sell what
I cook and eat at home and what I love.
That's as authentic as it gets. " When I asked for an example,
she mentioned the khao soi, a traditional northern Thai curry
and noodle dish you can order with your choice of protein.
Ask about her other regional specialties, too - she is looking
to incorporate more northern Thai dishes onto the menu in
the future.
Khamnoi doesn't just pour the quality into her entrees. Each
sauce on the menu is lovingly homemade. Her salads are fresh
and unique and are popular menu items. She serves high-quality
teas, Thai coffee (I was treated to some, and it made my day),
and beautiful homemade desserts. She keeps the overall menu
relatively small, aiming to perfect each dish. She told me, " We
know we are not the only Thai place around. We care about
giving you quality food. "
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