In 2007, Anucha Kongthavorn stepped off a plane in San Francisco from his native Thailand, and got a job cooking the same day. He's spent his career in the service industry, from restaurant busser to cruise ship butler, culminating in opening his own Thai food take out, Mae Krua. He joins us to talk about his journey, shares his philosophy on serving others, provides advice on starting a restaurant, and explains why his restaurant regulars asked about his emotions before ordering.
In this episode, he tells us
the origin of the name "Mae Krua"
how he got into the service business
the value of persistence
why he uses feeling and emotion when making food
how to recognize if you're in the wrong job
why thinking deeply about food is the first step of opening a restaurant
the impact of emotions on the size of a tablespoon
why he stopped using food delivery services like GrubHub
much, much more... we get philosophical on this one.
Links and Show Notes
331 Cortland (https://www.facebook.com/331cortland/)
Star Cruises (https://www.starcruises.com/us/en)
Princess Cruises (https://www.princess.com/)
CCSF: City College of San Francisco (http://www.ccsf.edu/)
ESL (English as a Second Language) (https://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/school-and-departments/school-of-international-education-and-esl/english-as-a-second-language-esl.html)
de Young Café (https://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/visiting/de-young-cafe)
Paulie’s Pickling (https://pauliespickling.com/)
Lonely Planet (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/)
Mae Krua in Lonely Planet (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/san-francisco/restaurants/mae-krua/a/poi-eat/1518213/1329643)
Amazon Prime (https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=pf4&linkId=%7B%7Blink_id%7D%7D&primeCampaignId=prime_assoc_ft&ref_=assoc_tag_ph_1427739975520&tag=lettucewrap-20) (Amazon Restaurants is now closed)
Uber Eats (https://www.ubereats.com/)
Definition of veganism | The Vegan Society (https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/definition-veganism)
The Vegan Diet — A Complete Guide for Beginners (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-guide#section5)
Ukiah Temple/City of 10,000 Buddhas (http://www.cttbusa.org/)
Our thanks to Anucha for joining us. We wish him the best of luck in whatever he decides to do next.
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