After years of working together hosting private parties and catering special events large and small, Nok Suntaranon and My-Le Vuong set out to find a space of their own.
In January of 2019, they came across a quaint space available in Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhood. 9th and Catherine, in the Italian Market, seemed the perfect place to set-up shop and share some traditional Thai recipes with the Philadelphia locals.
A Place To Call Home
With Nok running the kitchen and My-Le handling the front of the house, the duo launched Kalaya Kitchen.
The focus is on serving lunch, dinner and take-out Wednesday thru Sunday. Nok and My-Le will continue to build the catering business, as well as hosting private events and cooking classes at Kalaya.
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 time with a good friend.