Thai restaurant celebrates 20 years in business by reviving original recipes

A Thai restaurant celebrates 20 years of activity by offering a selection of specialties from its very first menu.

Ban Kaewkraikhot opened her very first Sukhothai restaurant – named after the small town north of Bangkok where she grew up – in Chapel Allerton in April 2002, bringing with her a lifelong passion for Thai cuisine.

She and her team have since opened two more Sukhothai restaurants, including in central Leeds and Harrogate, and launched a casual dining brand, Zaap Thai, which is due to open its sixth location in Sheffield in May.

The 2002 specialties are now offered at the Chapel Allerton restaurant. The limited-edition menu is available for 20 days between April 26 and May 15, allowing customers to step back in time to enjoy some classic Sukhothai recipes that have since been discontinued.

Recurring dishes include Gae Kiew Wan Gata Lon, lamb sautéed with green curry paste, sweet basil, lime leaves, green beans and chilli, served on a hot plate.

Som Tum Supparod Pla Tod consists of crispy haddock served with a spicy Som Tum salad and fruity pineapple.

The Mee Krob is also back, featuring crispy noodles, bean sprouts, spring onion and cilantro.

Last but not least is Sukhothai’s seafood platter, featuring a generous assortment of shrimp satay, fish satay, crispy squid and mussels.

Kaewkraikhot said: “Leeds has been my home for over 20 years now, and I am so proud of what we have achieved at Sukhothai since our humble beginnings in 2002.

“Leeds is a fantastic city, full of warm and welcoming people, and one of the most diverse food scenes you’ll find in the world.”

“I am forever grateful to everyone who has supported me over the years and I look forward to seeing our most loyal and long-time customers enjoy our special birthday menu.”

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