Just reward for a Bangkok street-food legend?
With just hours to go before the official announcement of the first Michelin Guide Thailand, Le Du's chef Thitid "Ton" Tassanakajohn's may have let the first cat out of the bag.
In a series of photos posted to personal Instagram account (see below), chef Ton can be seen smiling alongside Bangkok street-food legend Jay Fai at her restaurant, Raan Jay Fai. The caption reads: "Always so happy to be here. But last night was different coz it will be the last night i can enjoy quite [sic] moments with her after service. It will never be the same but i am so happy for her #legend #cheflife #bangkok".
Though the post doesn't explicitly mention the "M" word, it's timing—the same day (Dec 6) as the Michelin Guide's official announcement at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok hotel—is surely no coincidence.
Earlier this year, we listed Jay Fai as one of the Bangkok shop-house restaurants worthy of a Michelin star. Known for its omelet bursting with crab meat (B800-1,000) as well as other classic, wok-fried seafood dishes, this Old Town restaurant shines for the sheer quality of the ingredients which its owner, Auntie Fai, personally selects. At the age of 70, she still heads the open kitchen every night, cooking up your food a la minute over a fiery wok.
For now, we wait to see whether Michelin's first Thailand guide follows those in Hong Kong and Singapore in rewarding street vendors alongside their more illustrious, fine-dining companions.