From the hills of chiang mai

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Heritage & History

Yukonthorn “Kuni” Pratanporntrakul Colliton came to Spokane over fifteen years ago to pursue her MBA at Gonzaga and a couple of things happened. First, she became a die-hard Zag fan and then she fell deeply in love with Spokane and its people.  During her time here in Spokane, Kuni has been sharing her love of food with everyone she has met, including thousands of homeless kids and adults she has fed and loved over the years. The response from people has always been the same: they love Kuni, they love the food she serves, and they love the way she serves it “Thai Style”.  There’s just something wholesome in Kuni’s nature and her culinary approach that people find irresistible and fun.

Kuni was born and raised in Chaing Mai, Thailand.  The daughter of a Thai mother and a Chinese father, Kuni was raised in a large family where values around family, community, and a love of life were deeply installed in her and her siblings.  Her parents were entrepreneurs and created a thriving business that attracted many migrants from neighboring countries including Myanmar (Burma), Laos, China, and India. This melting pot of cultures, especially food practices, was the center of Kuni’s life and would create in her a passion for using food to build relationships that she has nurtured her entire life.

Years later after a very successful career as a engineer and programmer, Kuni decided to start a new Thai restaurant in North Spokane. To be successful she knew she needed a great team so she enlisted her sister Nuch and her niece Mui to join as partners. 

Together they hired a group of talented Thai and American chefs and developed a very simple mission:  to make people smile and appreciate Thai food and customs in a manner that respects all people and the community. Thailand is known as the land of smiles and food and respect are the primary language.

Rather than do another traditional Thai restaurant, of which there are many very good ones around, the trio decided that a fresh new look was in order for their venture.  They started with the physical design of the restaurant where they created a modern, elegant, and a fun way to showcase their deep love of Thai food and customs. The goal was to create a setting that was like something you would find in modern Chiang Mai or Bangkok.

At Kuni’s the dishes are varied and come from a wide array of sources including family recipes, from friends such as Aut “Dang” Boonyakkamol, Kuni’s friend and mentor, and the rest are ideas developed by Kuni’s talented group of chefs.   The common themes are Thai, fresh, local, and a heavy emphasis on nutritious, wholesome, locally-sourced foods.  Kuni's prides itself on tailoring meals to each person needs, and has a wide array of vegetarian and vegan options for you to enjoy.  If it is Thai, we will find a way to prepare what you desire.

Please visit the team at Kuni’s Thai Cuisine and experience for yourself a new way to enjoy Thai food and culture in North Spokane.

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Inthanon mountain near Chiang Mai, Thailand