Star of Bangkok co-owner and chef Suriya Siripant
A new Thai restaurant, Star of Bangkok, recently opened up in the former home of Treasure Island/Baytown Seafood on FM 1960. The co-owner and chef, Thailand native Suriya Siripant, brings a wealth of experience cooking Thai food to the new restaurant. For more than 40 years, Siripant has owned and operated a popular Thai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale named Siam House.
The new Star of Bangkok menu includes many classic Thai dishes like spring rolls, tom yum soup, crispy duck, several types of curry, fried rice, keemao (drunken noodles) and pad thai among others. Fresh whole snapper is also a popular dish.
The recipes used at the restaurant are all old family recipes of Siripant and are prepared with care.
“Our fried rice is not like anyone else’s. We cook the rice, then sauté it in butter, then refrigerate it, then separate the grains. When you cook, it’s very important to layer the flavors. It’s the right way to do it. To sauté something, first you have to cook the garlic, just let it bubble, but don’t let it turn yellow, then put salt in. It’s very important and that’s the way I learned from my mom,” said Siripant.
Siripant grew up in Bangkok and moved to New York City in 1970 to attend college. A few years later he graduated from New York University with a degree in advertising. He owned his first restaurant, a Blimpie sandwich shop, in Greenwich Village during the late 1970s. In 1980, he needed to return to Thailand for a period of time to obtain a green card. He sold the Blimpie and spent six months in Thailand learning how to cook from his mother.
“I just learned everything from my mom,” said Siripant. When he returned to the U.S., he began working for McDonald’s in Maryland, then decided to move to Fort Lauderdale and open Siam House, which his eldest daughter now runs.
The restaurant is co-owned by Siripant’s friend Charlie Che, who also owns All Harvest Trading. The Star of Bangkok has a daily (Tuesday through Friday) lunch special from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., which includes a soup or salad and main course for $8.
The Star of Bangkok is located at 4611 FM 1960 East and is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday. Delivery is available daily from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. by calling 281-812-0397.