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Although Seng Soukhaserm was surrounded by food growing up—his family owns a restaurant in his hometown in Thailand—he didn’t learn to cook until years later. A career in engineering was in his future and he arrived in Hamilton 15 years ago to study. But while working part-time at a Thai restaurant during school, he realized that cooking was his true passion.
After learning from his mentor in Hamilton, Soukhaserm moved to Kitchener to open his own Thai restaurant, which he later sold and began working at another restaurant in Midland. It was while driving through Huntsville last summer that he saw the empty building for lease that was formerly Bo’s Thai. He decided to take a chance, make the move to Huntsville and open up his own Thai restaurant—I My Thai—in its place in August 2018.
“There are so many great people here in Huntsville,” says Soukhaserm. “I eat at a lot of the other restaurants here and have gotten to know some of their owners as well. It’s a great community.”
Although he does miss his home country, Soukhaserm has his six-year-old son with him here in Canada, and he hopes to stay in the community for many years to come.
There is a small team of four who work at I My Thai, all of whom Soukhaserm met while working in Midland. They are also all originally from Thailand.
Soukhaserm and Mariam Phengphan are the main chefs at I My Thai. Phengphan, who has been working in the Thai food industry for over 10 years, was delighted to move to Huntsville when Soukhaserm asked her to join him in his new endeavour.
“Huntsville is just so beautiful and our customers have been incredible,” says Phengphan. “My son just moved over from Thailand to live here with me and we never want to leave this community.”
Although Phengphan loves to cook, she tends to work the front of house serving while Soukhaserm loves to be immersed in the action in the back. I My Thai’s menu is inspired by northern Thailand cuisine, which Soukhaserm says is quite different from the food in southern Thailand, and is healthy and made fresh to
The menu includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, in addition to meat dishes.
Before the summer rush hits this year, Soukhaserm plans to expand their menu to include more appetizers and salads.
Not only does I My Thai have both dine in and takeout options, but last month they began offering free delivery within Huntsville (within 10 minutes of the restaurant) every day except Sunday.
I My Thai is located at 79 Main St E, Huntsville and is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.