Thailand native Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter will join us on the patio to serve up one of her favorite Thai dishes: fresh red curry Gulf snapper grilled in banana leaves.
Houston, like Bangkok, is a city close to a Gulf, so Chef Benchawan loves to take advantage of the seafood available here. She firmly believes that authentic Thai food is not as much about using the right ingredients as it is about approaching fresh seasonal ingredients the right way. Thai food is about attention to detail, considering texture, aroma, edge, appearance and context. Great Thai chefs marry unexpected, seemingly disparate ingredients to create harmoniously delicious outcomes.
Plates are $15 and will be served beginning at 5pm.
About Benchawan Painter
Benchawan Jabthong Painter grew up cooking in her grandmother's restaurant in North Central Thailand, in the city of Nakhon Sawan. She has been cooking intensively from 6 years of age. Her grandfather, a fisherman, would bring seafood from the Chao Phraya River, which she and her grandmother would transform into delectable treasures.
Chef Benchawan's grandmother was renowned for her cooking, particularly her green curry fish. All of their food was locally sourced and handmade, a tradition Chef Benchawan adheres to this day.
Chef Benchawan has worked with some of Houston's best chefs, including Justin Yu and Brandi Key.
Street to Kitchen, LLC is Chef Benchawan and Husband Graham Painter's pop-up company, dedicated to bringing true, authentic Thai food to Houston using local ingredients.