A FRESH NEW OUTLET
With the restaurant open and the awards and accolades rolling in, Nok needed to find a way to connect with the people she loves, explore some new dishes, and share her passion for celebrating at home.
In September of 2020, Kalaya Thai Market opened just a few blocks from Kalaya Kitchen, in the Italian Market.
The retail shop serves as Nok's outlet for cooking specialty items and selling the ingredients necessary to recreate her dishes at home. The display case features a rotating selection of prepared foods and grab-and-go dishes. Private cooking classes are hosted on-site and Nok has welcomed several guest chefs to cook and sell their food.
A place to call home
After years of hosting private parties and catering special events large & small, Nok Suntaranon set out to find a space of her own.
In January of 2019, she found a home for Kalaya Kitchen in Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhood. 9th and Catherine, in the Italian Market, seemed the perfect place to set-up shop and share her traditional Thai recipes with the Philadelphia locals.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Nok’s mom, Kalaya Suntaranon, is the inspiration for not only the name of the restaurant, but also for the love and care that goes into each dish.
Kalaya is the simplicity in the cuisine, the high level of attention in each item's preparation, and the fresh selection of seasonal ingredients.
Each dish comes from home. Each meal is a memory prepared in mom’s kitchen. Each visit is like spending quality time with a good friend.