Poy and Noi, from northern Thailand, are cooking up delicious Thai cuisine from fresh, healthy ingredients, and Thai herbs and spices at Siam Restaurant & Bar in downtown Lewisburg.
Siam Restaurant & Bar
518 Market Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Poy fostered a passion for cooking long before arriving in Pennsylvania for the first time in December 2008, imagining even as a child that one day she would open a Thai restaurant somewhere. She originally learned to cook from her mom and grandmothers in her hometown of Sukhothai, and later by working at her aunt’s restaurant in Bangkok during school breaks. She sought every opportunity to learn new dishes, volunteering to help in the kitchen as often as possible. Poy attended university in a neighboring province where she met Adrian, and then graduated in March 2004 with a major in English Education. Even as an elementary school teacher in Bangkok, Poy often prepared food at home and brought it to school for students and co-workers to try. In anticipation of opening a Thai restaurant in Lewisburg, Adrian enrolled Poy at Krua Wandee Culinary School in Bangkok. The course, which she completed in May 2008, introduced her to culinary art which laid the groundwork for her amazing fruit carving ability. After mulling over the prospect during her first two years in Pennsylvania, in summer 2011 Poy and Adrian finally rented out a cozy space in downtown Lewisburg where Poy's childhood dream came true as Siam Café was born. Two years later, they moved the restaurant to a larger location two doors down, and renamed it to Siam Restaurant & Bar. Since the restaurant's inception, Poy has applied the principles that she had formulated since childhood of providing great original Thai food, made of the freshest and healthiest ingredients, in a spotlessly clean environment where customers feel welcome the moment they walk in.
Adrian is a software developer and co-owner of Siam Restaurant & Bar. He helped Poy get the restaurant up and running in the early days, and managed renovations to the new building at 518 Market Street. He has since handed off his front-of-house management duties, and is now developing the restaurant's Point of Sale (POS) system, called Saucepos. He used to do his computer programming while soaking in the lovely ambiance at Siam. Although you'll see him there less often these days now that he has an office, he still enjoys his delicious and healthy meals from Siam.
Noi started cooking Thai food professionally upon moving to the United States in 2001 from Bangkok, Thailand. She was born in the northeastern region of Thailand known as Isaan, and grew up working on the family farm along with her younger sister. She first learned cooking as a child from her mother and grandmother in a style influenced by the family's diverse Thai, Laotian, and Chinese heritage. Noi moved to Bangkok in 1992 to run a laundry shop, after which she moved to New Jersey. In 2003 she moved to a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania called Benton where a local restaurant owner agreed to give a try at offering some Thai dishes. The results were phenomenal and within a year customers were arriving from far afield for a taste of Noi's family recipes. Poy and Adrian got word of this Thai wonder chef, and so gave her food a try in October 2009. They became close friends and, after Siam Café became well established, Noi decided to make the move to Lewisburg in June 2012.
Chef & Advisor
Wally has been cooking his whole life and has 26 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He owned a successful Chinese restaurant in Danville for 12 years where he managed operations in addition to cooking seven days per week. Although he eventually sold that business, it remains in operation today under the new ownership. Now a full time chef at Siam, Wally has provided invaluable guidance regarding the restaurant's setup and operations.