A couples of months back I did a feature review on some papaya salad (som tam) that thai restaurant, Cha-Da, serves up daily.
Well today you’re in for a different kind of treat with my exclusive interview with Sindy. We discuss topics like juggling life between Thailand and the US, a day in the life of operating a successful business and thai food of course.
F-T: Where are you from?
S: Thailand, Bangkok
F-T: How old are you
F-T: How’d you get started at Cha-DA
S: Its my uncle’s project and business he started years ago.
F-T: How’s it like traveling from Bangkok to California, what do you miss?
S: I’ve been doing the 14-plus hour trip for about 5 years now. It isn’t too bad. I miss most is my friends and family. Los Angeles is spaced out too much and its boring here at night. Night is my only free time.
F-T: Do you enjoy being a server?
S: I do it all actually. Depending if we’re busy or understaffed, i’ll even go back and cook. Today I cooked most of the time.
F-T: How tiring is it working at Cha-Da.
S: Very, I’m helping out here at my uncles business. We have another Cha-Da in Pasadena. I travel from Pasadena to West Covina often. I even cook California rolls and Sushi at the Pasadena locations. I’m expert level! I work daiy 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
F-T: What’s your favorite Thai dish?
S: (Long pause) I think pat-see-ew pork. Pork goes well with that long flat noodle. It’s my favorite.
F-T: Who makes the best pad-see-eww pork?
S: Well my chefs of course. They original form Thailand working in the US with workers visas. That’s what gives our place that authentic touch.
F-T: What’s the special ingredient that makes your pad-thai so juicy and special.
S: Unlike other places, we source only the freshest tamarind. Its flash frozen from thailand and sold in cubes. If you don’t get the freshest ingredients, the base for the pad-thai sauce will be fishy or oily; sometimes even dry. If you see pad-thai noodles in other places that bleed off a lot of oil, that’s a clear indicator that they skip fresh tamarind.
F-T: What’s your best seller here:
S: Not thai related but Boba Milk tea.
F-T: Is Thai food the best tasting food out there?
S: Yes (Jokingly) Actually, Italian, if prepared right, is the absolute best.
F-T: Thanks for the interview, do you have any closing comments.
S: Come checkout our lunch deals at Cha-Da restaurant!