Thailand is known for its delicious street food all over the world as well as fine-dining spots in the city. It was not a surprise of a Japanese fine dining in Bangkok to receive a Michelin star but the recently published guide surprised everyone as it includes a street food shop. The owner of the shop is Jay Fai who is 72 years already. She is the one personally cooking the crab omelettes using a wok. She used to own a street cart before she was able to set up her own shop.
Her humble shop in Chinatown is now the talk of the town because of the Michelin star award which makes her shop in par with fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok. In fact, she almost denied being a part of the guide.
The chef of the street food shop shared how a staff from Michelin has been contacting her about participating in the awarding ceremony. It was only of late that she found out about Michelin stars thus she has been disregarding their invitation.
She joined the awarding ceremony held at Siam Kempinski Hotel on December 6. In just a matter of one night, she became famous as well as Raan Jay Fai, the name of her restaurant. The awarding ceremony was the very first by the Michelin guide in Bangkok. During the event, she saw the tyre icon representing Michelin. She admitted about knowing the logo because of a toy replica she had when she was still young. It was not until the award’s night that she realized the tyre manufacturer is also venturing in the food industry.
The event was the launching of Fai and the guests who were present paid $600 each in order to try the dishes that have been prepared by different chefs from all over the world. A total of 17 restaurants were awarded stars by the Michelin guide and majority of them are from the fine-dining sector of the country. The Michelin award will encourage Japanese fine dining in Bangkok to level up their game to be included in the next guide.