“We import fresh Thai herbs and vegetables every week directly from Thailand in order to ensure authenticity,” explains Chinnawong, owner and general manager of Erawan Thai Restaurant in Haarlem. Following increasing demand from the city’s Thai community as well as growing awareness of Thai cuisine amongst locals and tourists, Chinnawong opened the restaurant in 1990. The choice of the name is no coincidence. It comes from the four-faced god, Phra Phrom – the bringer of good news – which finds its origin in Hinduism and represents a creator of culture. “Thus, we are as keen to promote Thai culture as Thai cuisine,” she summaries. Indeed, everything is done to ensure authenticity in their food.”

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