Fifteen years ago at that time, being a 21-year-old insecure guy, Sumsarbek was surprised to see children nicely playing outside on the playground: a dark-skinned girl in a hijab, a pale boy in a Jewish kippah, and another little English girl with blonde hair.

London, and dreams to bring to his home country all the diversity of cultures, tolerance, and respect for each other, always followed Sumsa, as his close friends call him.

  
Baan Baan Thai Cafe 
193A Tynystanov st 
Т 0778 88-66-44 


Since then Sumsarbek has widened his understanding of the world, and accumulated a lot of experience in the service sector by working in various  hotels, fast-food chains and British restaurants. Favorite place of work was a Thai restaurant somewhere in Bournemouth, and a dish — Thai green curry that Jamie Oliver loves so much.

And exactly fifteen months ago — Baan Baan Thai Cafe, a cozy place appeared in Bishkek, located on the narrow alley east of Tynystanov’s street (in front of Turkish Embassy). Early in the morning Sumsa travels to Ortosai market for fresh vegetables, celery, and cilantro, chatting along the way with local vendors, who now proudly tell customers that they serve a local Thai cafe.

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The idea was born a year and a half ago, matured and grew, along with that Sumsarbek was building a relevant network of people — May Fanham, Thai by birth, also lived in the UK, and surprisingly worked in the restaurant business of her aunt. They met in Bishkek. In gratitude for the service, May invited Sumsarbek for a home dinner with authentic Thai food, and later agreed to set up the kitchen for the venue, that was gaining a clearer image day by day.

When choosing a place Sumsarbek was inspired by the concept of Furusato, by its coziness, and generous hospitality. The word baan baan has no exact translation, it is rather a symbol of a kind and a bright place, where the atmosphere itself enchants you — a home , where you would want to stay.

Refurbishment of the venue took 4 months. It was required to fence the yard, prepare the outdoor dining area, cut through openings for the windows on the floor, and build restrooms. Seeing cooks coming out of guest restrooms before he's been served his food, always bothered Sumsarbek, so he included  a separate shower, and a bathroom for the staff.


«As a capital, we are obliged to offer a cultural diversity to our residents and guests, including culinary. Every time a person tries something new, he opens up to the world a little, and becomes better person» — Sumsarbek


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INTERIOR

Sumsa  became a permanent inhabitant of Pinterest and Youtube in search of ideas for interior, and furniture restoration. His distinct pride - wooden furniture, entirely found in the dusty corners of the house, in the markets and flea markets, that were restored by Sumsarbek personally. Perhaps, Baan Baan — the only place in the country where the restroom is designed for people with disabilities. The staircase with a special lift is already equipped.

There are two halls in the cafe, in one of them you can see an open window to the kitchen where chefs are bustling and exposing cooked dished to the counter. In another hall you see Sumsarbek behind the bar rubbing glasses, and endlessly rearranging things or answering clients phone calls. In “Baan Baan” there are 36 seats, and a piano that anyone can play. But those with skills, good hearing senses and a feeling of love for others.

«I really want this place to become a part of our urban community. So that it does not become a habitat for only a narrow circle of people...» — Sumsarbek

KITCHEN

All the main ingredients are straightly flown over from Thailand. It is important that every vegetable, berry or fruit are delivered in a freshly frozen form. Sumsarbek believes that adding dry substitutes to Thai cuisine is the same as buying pilaf in canned jars.

From the menu:

1) Soup "Tom Kha": 400 kgs

2) Set the "Pad Thai": 300 kgs

3) Red Curry: 380 kgs
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"Urban restaurants add Chinese ginger to Tom Yam for example, but not galangal. The difference in taste and texture is very different. Because of the taste characteristics, we bring everything ourselves — kafir-lime, pandanus, galangal, lemongrass, tamarind, rice paper, rice noodles, tea, spices and much more.»

A closer acquaintance with the cuisine in Baan Baan can be started from the lunch menu - the prices are affordable, and the portions are designed for an adult male. Each set contains two broths to choose from — chicken or vegetarian, two salads — som tam or cabbage in coconut dressing. One main dish and rice.

   
Baan Baan Thai Cafe  
193A Tynystanov st  
Т 0778 88-66-44 

The photos. The interior: Sergey Beloshapkin, the food: Ilya Karimdjanov. Translation: Aiturgan Zulpukarova