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West Jordan — Tucked away in a West Jordan strip mall is one of Utah’s hidden food gems. Thai Delight Cafe is a local favorite for Thai cuisine, the kind of place where regulars don’t have to speak to order their favorite dishes and where the customers are an extension of the family that runs the business.
Lae Tranngoc decided to take her love of cooking to the next level by starting a restaurant almost two decades ago—and her labor of love has paid off. “She just takes care of the customers, she has a big heart,” said Win Tranngoc, Lae’s son and an employee at the restaurant. “The food makes you feel warm and fuzzy, it’s food for the soul. You feel bad, you eat a bowl of curry, you feel better. Every time my mom serves some food it’s a small victory for somebody; you never know what somebody is fighting.”
Thai Delight’s menu offers almost 70 items, an impressive selection for a small restaurant that takes exacting care with every dish and the ingredients they use. “I think a lot people enjoy the coconut soup and the curry. You want to come with like four or five people, so that way everyone can get a different dish and pass it around,” said Win. “The majority of people get one of the soups; the coconut soup is the most popular one, the curry and a pad thai. The stir fry is really strong too. You’re going to find something that you’re going to like.”
When Lae and her husband, Naho, came to this country in 1980, they spoke little to no English and had only five dollars to their name. They had some help establishing themselves and finding jobs, something they’ve never forgotten and that has contributed to their love of community. The first restaurant Lae started, Thai City, burned down. Since that time they’ve rebuilt, survived recessions and natural disasters that drove up food prices. “She’s just an incredible woman, she’s a survivor,” said Win of his mother.
“We’re really only as good as our customers are, they’re the ones that keep us going,” said Win. “I have the same guys that have been eating here for 12 years, getting the same dish. Our customers are like family.”
For more information visit thaidelightutah.com, or visit the restaurant at 6271 Dixie Drive.