Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Jul 03rd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Foodie File: Thai Heart

fd thaiClassic Thai dishes are boldly-spiced and cooked to order

Husband and wife Nattawut and Siriporn Yimsamrarn don’t try to entice diners by offering obscure Thai dishes. Instead, they try to prepare the freshest, most flavorful versions of all the classic Thai favorites, like curries, chicken satay and pad Thai, to name a few. The couple, who have both worked in Thai restaurants their whole life, married in 2011, and opened Thai Heart a few months later. It’s a modest, small restaurant quietly tucked away in King’s Village Shopping Center in Scotts Valley, and the couple works well together, with Siriporn in the kitchen and Nattawut running the front of the house. We interviewed Nattawut about Thai Heart.

GT: What’s it like working together?

Nattawut Yimsamrarn: She’s great. She’s a great cook. We both grew up in families that owned restaurants. We both teamed up and we opened this Thai restaurant. It’s based on love. That’s why we have this restaurant.

How are you different than the other Thai restaurants in the area?

The difference is the way that we eat. We like it a little bit more spicy—tastier than the other places. Most Thai restaurants are sweeter than ours. We try to bring the way that we eat to the people, which is more balanced.

A lot of people have complimented you on your brown rice. What’s so special about it?

We use a Thai jasmine brown rice, which is imported from Thailand. I also mix it with the wild black rice. It costs a little more, but it’s worth it.

You have several interesting soups. Tell me your favorite.

The most common soup that we get the most compliments on is our coconut soup, Tom Kha Gai. We have a little bit of chili in there. It’s a little bit spicy. It’s not just plain coconut soup, like other Thai restaurants around here have. You can taste the sourness a little bit, but it’s not too sour. It’s just right. It has lemongrass and galangal root in it. Once we scoop to serve, we try not to scoop the root because we want people to enjoy the good soup, not the root. If people like it, you have to ask us so we can just put it in for them. We want them to be able to finish the bowl without the distraction of the root getting into your mouth and chewing on it.

PHOTO: CHIP SCHEUER

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Boards Are Back in Town

More than a century after a famed trio of Hawaiian princes first surfed in Santa Cruz, their redwood olo surfboards are returning to the Museum of Art & History

 

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Saturday, July 4, is the 239th birthday of the United States, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence (the U.S. astrology chart has Aquarius moon—freedom for its people, by its people). Cancer, a liberating and initiating sign, is the “gate” where Spirit enters matter. Cancer receives and distributes Ray 3 (Divine Intelligence) and Ray 7 (new rules, new rhythms, new free nation under God). Cancer represents an intelligent freethinking humanity that can and must create right economics for the world. This means a policy of sharing, an opportunity for the U.S. when Venus (money, resources, possessions, etc.) retrogrades July and August in Leo (the heart of the matter). The United States has a unique spiritual task for the world: to lead humanity within and toward the light, accomplished by its people who must first awaken to this task, learn discrimination and be directed by the soul to assume the Herculean task of spiritual world leadership. Let us review the first words of our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.” Let us form that union together. The following is a review of the spiritual tasks for each sign. Read all the signs. They all apply to everyone.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 3

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Lunch is Packed

Picnic basket lunches from Your Place, plus smoked chili peppers, and new owners at Camellia Tea House

 

What would you like the Supreme Court to rule on next?

Raising the minimum wage so that those that are in poverty now can have a higher standard of life. Greanna Smith, Soquel, Nanny

 

Bruzzone Family Vineyards

Bruzzone Family Vineyards is a small operation run by Berna and John Bruzzone. Starting out a few years ago making only Chardonnay, they eventually planted Pinot Noir on their extensive property and now make this varietal as well.

 

Ty’s Eatery

Pop-up hooks up with Santa Cruz Food Lounge for healthy comfort food