21 Dec '17, 12pm

Thai street food cook feels heat of Michelin fame

BANGKOK: Wearing her trademark ski goggles for protection from flying sparks, Thai cook Jay Fai hunches over two sizzling woks as tourists from around the world line up in three-hour-long queues at her modest streetside eatery. The 72-year-old's crab-stuffed omelettes have always been popular among local gourmands, but her eponymous restaurant shot to global fame overnight after it was awarded a Michelin star this December at the launch of Bangkok's first guide. While she is proud of the achievement, former dressmaker Jay Fai is still adjusting to the media frenzy that has seized her open-air kitchen in Bangkok's old quarter. "There are advantages and disadvantages," she told AFP as she flung ingredients into a wok, explaining she did not have time for a formal interview. "The downside is being exhausted ... Also, the government wants me to promote Thailand. I feel like I ...

Full article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/thai-stree...

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