A TASTE OF THAILAND
“I come from northern Laos,” said Pinkham, explaining that there are subtle differences from the dishes of southern Laos, or neighboring Thailand."
According to Foster Daily Newspaper wrote, "The Papaya Thai Restaurant on North Main Street is owned by Pinkham Bouasri, and while she is technically a newcomer to the restaurant business, she is far from being novice when it comes to preparing authentic Southeast Asian food.
Over 10 years ago, a Lowell Sun reporter caught up with her shopping for ingredients at an Asian market, and wrote a mouth-watering piece about her chicken egg rolls that can still be read online. Pinkham’s recipe is there, too, for any ambitious cooks.
Bouasri arrived in the United States from Laos as a teenager with her parents, back in 1981, and the family lived in San Francisco, Calif. A little later in life, having moved to the East Coast of the U.S., she attended the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, and, in 1998, obtained a bachelor’s degree from accounting. After that, she worked for over a decade for a nonprofit organization in Lowell, but got laid off as the recession began to bite.
With job hard to find in Lowell, an opportunity to own a Thai restaurant in Rochester presented itself.
In addition to the The Papaya Thai Restaurant is Mr. Chantha, Chantha, who is also from Laos, came to the United States in the 1980s in the company of his close friend, Deth Chanthapanya. While Pinkham and Chantha have always prepared their own ethnic food, and are bringing this love of cooking to the restaurant, as luck would have it, Deth is a professional chef of the first order." By John Nolan
The Papaya Thai Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is closed on Sunday. The telephone number for take outs or other information is 603-332-0111 or