Chef owner, Namo Eat
Amazing looking, amazing tasting, creative, modern Thai street food made with real love, care & attention. We aim to be the best & most authentic Thai in Sussex. I strongly believe that Thai food is one of the best cuisines in the world & that people love the healthy, fresh and delicious flavours.
I was born & grew up in Lampang, known locally as, “mueng rot ma”, meaning “horse carriage city”, a small town in the North of Thailand.
Earliest food memory would be food we had at home, always cooked from scratch, using fresh ingredients that we grew in our garden. They were simple meals but so delicious. During school term, I lived with my dad in the city of Lampang. On the way to school we often stopped at a street stall next to my school for breakfast called Loong Kaew (Uncle Kaew’s shop) where I really enjoyed his special Kao Pad (a type of egg fried rice) & Moo Ping (grilled pork on skewers) dipped with hot Sriracha sauce. I literally ate the same type of dishes everyday as it was sooooo good.
Where I grew up, our food was always cooked with fresh ingredients with a lot of herbs & vegetables added to the dishes. Most curries are cooked as a broth with meats, fish, herbs & vegetables. In Northern Thai cuisine we don’t really add coconut milk in our savoury dishes (well…just a few dishes), not like in Central or Southern Thailand.
Remembering the first day I came to Brighton, a beautiful blue sky summer’s day. The weather was so lovely and it was love at first sight, so I decided then to make it home.
I have worked in hospitality for over 10 years, also offering Thai cookery lessons in Brighton & Hove. In 2010, I was approached by the Donatello group to set up and run “Street Thai” in The Lanes for a few years, before taking time off to look after my son full time. Time flew by, and I was ready to come back to do what I love in 2019. I got in touch with Jay from Oui Chef and he introduced me to Aimee & Claudia as they were looking for a quality Asian restaurant at The Eagle pub. That’s how things started, and here we are 🙂
I love travelling, seeing the world, learning new things and languages. I am also a big fan of eating out (good food) and love photography.
The first time I had my first popup at The Yacht Club in the Marina where I had over 75 people booked in. There were only three of us in the kitchen but everything went really well, thanks to Meow and George who were so brilliant. That evening, I was really overwhelmed by the love and support I had and that led me to follow my dream and set up Namo Eat.
My hang over cure/comfort food is Pad Krapao with crispy fried egg on top as the recipe given. Simple, straight forward and delicious. BUT if you cant be bother to cook you know where to find me!
IMPOSSIBLE! Food is such a passion for me. If I wasn’t cheffing though I possibly would be a food stylist as I love creating and presenting beautiful food. If you are preparing beautiful tasting food it should look amazing as well.
I would like to bring my passion and food to more people. That would be my dream.
Pad Krapao – stir fried minced pork with chilli, garlic and Thai holy basil (don’t forget a crispy fried egg over the rice).
I love to see creative, passionate, innovative and unique chefs from all culinary backgrounds, and from the simple and freshly prepared local dishes in Thailand.
At my grandmother’s house, where she always cooked fresh in her kitchen. I was fascinated and learnt many skills from her. It wasn’t just the cooking, which was fun, but the best thing was bringing the whole family together. From grandparents to grandchildren, I loved the way the dishes we created had the power to connect people.
I love Cin Cin, Bincho Yakitori, The Flint House, Wild Flor, The Chilli Pickle, The Set, and Goemon.
Published: 22nd February 2022