This blog is a continuation of the 86 Seattle blog that we created last year in which we described our experience living in Thailand for a year. We met our goals of learning about food, culture and the family. We are now back in Seattle and ready to put what we learned into action. We are not 86 Seattle anymore, but Shophouse.
What is Shophouse? At this point Shophouse is a conceptual idea in which I can promote traditional Thai cuisine. Shophouse will hopefully turn from concept into a brick and mortar restaurant at some point in the future, but that leap requires cash and commitment - I only have one of these things at this point.
Why Shophouse? Shophouse is an architectural style often seen in South East Asian cities and towns in which the business is at the street level and the family quarters are in the back or upstairs. Business and family are only separated by thin cement walls and inevitably the two realms mix creating a unique retail experience. The retail experience that I am interested in is the dining and eating experience. To me Thai cuisine is all about eating among the cacophony of family, friends, strangers and whoever happens to be nearby. The food is served family style, the drinks keep coming and the music induces the appetite.
How is Shophouse? In this conceptual form, Shophouse is on the internet as this blog you are reading, the website, on facebook and twitter. All this media is used to promote roots Thai cooking and to promote our events in the real world.
In the real world Shophouse will be cooking Mondays starting October 11th at Licorous restaurant from 5-close. Shophouse will also perform specialized Thai street level catering for anyone interested.
Where is Shophouse? Shophouse is located in Seattle, USA.
Who is Shophouse? Shophouse is Poncharee Kounpungchart, photographer and Wiley Frank, chef.