From Thai­land with love

Epicure (Indonesia) - - BEST OF INDONESIA -

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.

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