About buddha belly

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‘Our greatest passion is cooking and our food reflects that’
Tourists flock to Thailand in search of paradise beaches, golden temples and STREET FOOD. Originating from a family which saw generations of successful street food vendors from the heart of rural Thailand, Buddha Belly brings REAL Thai flavour to the streets. Secret’s passed through generations of this street food family means that you won’t taste Thai food like this anywhere else.
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Awards:

  • 2014 Voted 'peoples choice' Midlands BSFA
  • 2015 Voted BEST STREET FOOD (England and Wales) Creative OCEANIC FOOD AWARDS
  • 2016 Voted 'peoples choice' Midlands BSFA
  • 2016 Voted 'peoples choice' National Final BSFA
  • 2017 Voted WHATS ON READER AWARD best street food
  • 2018 Voted 'peoples choice' Midlands BSFA
  • 2018 Voted 2nd 'peoples choice' National Final
  • 2019 Winners BEST STREET FOOD Midlands FOOD DRINK and HOSPITALITY Awards

Our Story

This is our story…our journey into being part of something of which we are extremely proud.
It all began in 1967 when Niang Deethwa (or ‘little one’ as she was then known) began her culinary journey.
At the age of just 5, Niang (or ‘little one’ as she was then known ), at her mother’s side, watched and learnt how to prepare and cook secret family recipes, to be served at the local market in Surin, Thailand. An immensely competitive market; where only the very best survived. Local Thai’s will not part with the hard earned money unless they are being served food of which is too good to refuse.

By the age of just 6, Niang began learning to cook Thailand’s signature Green Curry recipe (with a secret family twist) that had been gratefully handed down through generations of Deethwas. These recipes would one day become the heart and soul of her own, much loved menu.
After the passing of her mother, Niang along with her older sister now prepared the whole menu on their own. She was a mere 11 years old by this time and already was developing quite a reputation in the kitchen.
By the time Niang was 23, she had a ‘little one’ of her own. Sai was 3 when she first came to England with her Mother, Niang. It wasn’t long before the streets of Gloucester were eating Niang’s Food.
Sai watched in admiration, pleasure and wonder whenever her mother cooked turning the most unlikely of ingredients into her new favourite dish! Sai became obsessed with food; she only read recipe books and her favourite chef’s were the likes of Rick Stein,Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Keith Floyd . Sai also had a great love for the idea of foraging and Ray Mears also became someone that she respected.

Sai and James met in 2004 and bonded over a love of eating in nice restaurants and dreamed of one day owning their own.

In 2012 Sai (now a social worker) was persuaded by James to apply for Masterchef to pursue her love of cooking. 20 000 people applied. Sai made it to the final 24. This gave her the courage to begin a career in the food industry.

Using everything she had learnt about Thai food from her mother, Sai began to develop the secret family recipes handed down through generations of her family.

BUDDHA BELLY WAS BORN TO A CHORUS OF RAVE REVIEWS