Esarn is the Northeast region of Thailand home to important bronze age sites with evidence of some of the earliest rice cultivation in the world. Glutinous 'sticky' rice has become the staple of this region because its texture made it easy for rice farmers to take it for lunch in the fields. The rice would normally be accompanied by grilled, fish, meat, chicken or pork, raw vegetables, herbs, and sambals. Today at THAITALIAN, customers can order this rice farmer's lunch box made with family recipes passed down to our chefs by Kruewan, the daughter of an Esarn rice farmer.
Ni Luh Putu Septiadiari
Ni Luh Putu Septiadiari is a homegrown chef from Desa Baturiti Tabanan, Bali. She learned the love of cooking from her mother and chose to join the Cooking Department at her Vocational High School, PGRI 5 in Denpasar. After graduating in 2012, she directly joined M&M, working at Waterbom's Food Court II as the cook's helper. She quickly showed passion and promise and was transferred to Bali Banana as a chef de parti. When Thaitalian opened, she was given the opportunity to join the opening team and became assistant to the head chefs. NI LUH was promoted to head chef of Thaitalian in 2016 and became the first female Head Chef at M&M Food Couture & Concepts. Chef Ni Luh says 'I enjoy working with the THAITALIAN team the most, not just the cooks, also the stewards and the service team'.