Thanaruek "Eh" Laoraowirodge

Thanaruek "Eh" Laoraowirodge, is the Founder & Owner of Somtum Der, an Isan regional Thai restaurant that is now in over 7 locations worldwide. Born in the countryside in the Isan region in Thailand, Eh would later go on to major in economics in Bangkok and at NYU. With his friends, he returned home to Thailand to open Minibar Royale -- a French bistro inspired by his time in New York.

What started initially as an excuse to spend more time in the city in Bangkok away from the countryside turned into a prolific career where Eh has established a name for himself in Thailand with his Supanniga Group, home to the Somtum Der brand as well as Supanniga Eating Room and EAT (Eat All Thai).

Eh comes full circle when deciding to expand Somtum Der overseas into NYC; bringing a part of his culture and cuisine to the Alphabet City neighborhood in the East Village. It opens to wide acclaim, even garnering the coveted Michelin Star in 2016.

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