From Thailand with love
At Native, among the top-shelf space given over to arrack, rums, whisky, gins, sake and other spirits proudly made in Asia, a fresh newcomer stands out. Minway Chi personally handcarried bottles of Grandma Jinn’s Recipe #1 to Singapore, in a mark of support for Mudaliar’s mission as well as confidence for this latest ‘white spirit’ from Thailand.
Chi has Taiwanese roots but was New York born and raised. When he settled in Bangkok to help the family business 14 years ago, he missed the dynamic bar scene back home and started importing spirits and bar tools through his company Bootleggers Trading. That led to throwing his hat in the ring with a new spirit in 2016, through a contract distill with Lamai Thai Spirits, and opening The 88 Surawong Bar in 2017.