St. Louis Thai restaurants honored with prestigious award

ST. LOUIS – A drive through South Grand can take St. Louis’ palates on a culinary adventure. The cuisine ranges from Japanese to Vietnamese and Lebanese to Italian. It can also lead local food lovers to some of the most authentic Thai dishes in the country.

King & I was awarded the prestigious Thai SELECT Signature Award by the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Commerce. This is the highest recognition from the Department of Commerce, which awards the awards once a year after a committee visits and reviews restaurants in the United States

King & I was the only Thai restaurant in Missouri to receive the award, which means “authentic Thai dishes with premium quality, refined decor and excellent service.”

“King & I has been a major Thai restaurant in St. Louis for more than three decades. We are honored to have received the Thai SELECT Award for 5 years,” said Shayn Prapaislip, chief operating officer, Global Foods Group.

Prapaislip’s family opened King & I, making it the city’s first Thai restaurant.

But it’s not the only Thai restaurant in the family to be honored on Tuesday. Chao Baan received the second highest recognition with the Thai SELECT Classic Award. It was the first time The Grove restaurant received the award.

“We opened Chao Baan to bring authentic regional Thai cuisine to St. Louis, and sticking to our roots from northeast and southern Thailand was seen as a risk as we weren’t sure if the Midwest loved it would come from abroad. the-box dishes. This award confirms our hard work to bring our friends in the US the most authentic local cuisine, ”said Prapaislip, who owns the restaurant.

“Congratulations and welcome to Chao Baan, our newest Thai SELECT restaurant,” said Usasri Kheorayab, director of the Thai Trade Center-Chicago. “We would also like to congratulate King & I, the first Thai restaurant in St. Louis to receive the Thai SELECT Signature certification. We always appreciate our continuing to maintain our standards for authentic Thai food with quality and service. “

You can hear more of the Prapaislip family and how they brought the flavors of the world to St. Louis on the Abby Eats St. Louis podcast episode titled “The Thais that bind” or by checking out the podcast player click on “Play” below.

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