We had the good fortune of connecting with Pam Nayangcharoen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pam, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Thai Orkits is originating from a family-run restaurant during the pandemic. We’re focusing on the authenticity and simplicity of the experience of making Thai Food at home that taste just like at our restaurant. Thai food is complex and delicate. Thai Orkits allows you to simplify the cooking process with fresh ingredients yet guarantee the taste of authentic Thai food.
We tested and selected the meals that could be modified and cooked fresh in 10-15 minutes by anyone with our chefs in our kitchen. This became our mission – simple, fresh, and authentic Thai meals from a family’s own recipes accessible to every household in California.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
By trade, I work as an architect and designer. This background has helped inspire our Thai Orkits products. There are a lot of obstacles and a learning curve as I navigate from architecture design to establishing my own Thai food meal kits business. It has come together through a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, I remember listing out all of the questions and negative feedback on starting Thai Orkits and trying to solve each challenge one by one. I began learning how to start a business for the first time, how to navigate food supply chains, how to market products, how to take professional food photos, how to set up a company website, and how to operate the financial aspects of starting a new business.
I had some self-doubt starting out, but once we taste-tested the recipes and launched the website, I know we were onto something with a lot of potentials.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start a day with a coldbrew creamtop at Maru Coffee in Arts District, then take a slow stroll through Los Angeles State Historic Park near Chinatown. The rest of the day will absolutely revolve around food. Tsujita ramen on Sawtelle for lunch and korean bbq in Ktown (too many phenomenal options to choose from) for dinner and then conversations over sugar cane mountain tea with boba or Burnt Coconut Jelly in Thai town for authentic Thai’s dessert to end the night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It was a combination of my grandma and mother’s influence. I always brainstorming ideas and yet they are always supporting me through everything. Without my family’s support, there wouldn’t be a Thai Orkits.
Photo Credit – Henry Tang (Instagram @stopithenry)