Marrying crowd-pleasing Thai dishes with traditional and unexpected flavours.
Terry was taught to cook first by his mother and aunt, helping in his auntie’s restaurant from age 11. After finishing university, Terry left his job at his aunt’s restaurant to begin work as a tour guide working across Asia. Over his ten-year career as a tour guide Terry explored Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, Tibet, Nepal and India, introducing his groups to street food markets along the way. On his time off, Terry would return to his aunt’s restaurant to try to replicate the recipes of dishes he had tasted on his travels.
In 2006 Terry had the opportunity to work as a chef in London and then Hamburg, before returning to Thailand in 2007 where he met his now-wife, Daisy. Terry moved to Adelaide, Daisy’s hometown, in 2009 and began work as a full time chef.
Terry’s passion for cooking with unexpected flavours and using seasonal produce allowed him to find work in some of the city’s best restaurants, including as part of the opening team at Jock Zonfrillo’s Street ADL.
After a few years of hunting around Adelaide for the Southeast Asian dishes he was missing from home proved to be unfruitful, Terry’s first restaurant, Soi.38 was born. His goal has been to marry crowd-pleasing Thai dishes with some of the more traditional and unexpected flavours he hadn’t been able to source since moving to Adelaide. The menu at Soi.38 changes regularly to reflect seasonal availability of local South Australian produce.
In 2016 and again in 2017 Terry returned to Thailand to interview and collect recipes from the vendors of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 38 food market, before the precinct was closed down by new government regulations.
In 2017, Soi.38 won the Good Food award for Best Southeast Asian restaurant.
Terry is looking forward to returning to Tasting Australia following his successful events in 2016.
Events featuring Terry Intarakhamhaeng coming soon