Patta Tarn was born in Northern part of Thailand and has over 10 years in the restaurant business. In her spare time, Patta loves practicing Thai Classical Dances, called “Rum-Thai,” and learning how to cook from her mother.
After graduating high school, Patta came to the US to pursue higher education. She started working in Japanese and Thai restaurants part-time and moved to New York City, where she also volunteered to teach Thai and Thai Classical Dances for children. She then met her husband, Kim, in Los Angeles. There she studied from Kim’s mother who specializes in Thai Dessert, learning secret recipes passed down from generations.
Two years ago, Patta visited her friend in Portland, who then told her about a restaurant opportunity for exploring Thai Desserts, and fell in love with the city. She and her husband moved to searched for a restaurant to open. She found “Thai Me Up” which was owned by an old friend who wanted to step out of the business, who then gave the business to Patta.
Patta has been managing Thai Me Up since 2016. She presents Thai food the way it is traditionally eaten as in Thailand. She is passionate about sharing Thai food and Thai dessert with the world, and is proud to be Thai.
One sentence to describe yourself:
I am proud to be Thai. I love everything about Thailand. I love to tell people about my country and culture. When someone asking me about Thailand I can make a conversation with them for hours and hours.\
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking:
I love cooking with my heart and soul. My mom always tell me to cook with love. I prepare every meal at best as I've prepared for my special ones.
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be:
Thai Chicken Wing : Everyone love chicken wing and I believe Thai chicken wing is the best because I can create different flavor for my wings. I will be able to survive without getting bored.
Thai Dessert, or what’s called Kanom in Thai. I love sweet. Mango sticky rice is known as famous Thai dessert to most people, but we actually have more than hundred kinds of Thai dessert and I would love to show the world how amazing they are.
I mostly read self-help books.
Family meal is always the best meal. The most important is who I am eating with, not what I eat. In the Thai tradition, every household always have at least one meal to eat together every single day, as quality time that we spent together. We created strong bonds and share what's important to us.
Food you’d like to try:
I would love to go to Thailand and travel to every single city. I will go out to every restaurant that people have been talking about and try out all the famous dishes. There are lots of amazing Thai dish to explore.