Bangkok’s new street food sensation Jay Fai, a 70 plus years old lady who’s street food spot Raan Jay Fai made headlines when it was awarded a Michelin star in the inaugural Guide to Bangkok, saying she wishes she could “give the star back already.”
Recently spoke to Eater in an interview, Fai, whose real name is Supinya Junsuta, said that since from the news of the Michelin star was announced, “Many people come just to see and take pictures and not necessarily to eat.” People presumably want to get snaps of Fai in action, where she cooks in her own unique style with wearing ski goggles and the odd fan throwing air at the flames under her dancing woks.
There is plenty of demand for Fai’s famous crab omelettes and spicy noodle dishes, though it has always been one of the most expensive street food spots in the Bangkok, with the former costing around $25. Lines outside the restaurant in the city’s old town can stretch up to two hours. Fai’s daughter, Varisa Junsuta, says her mother, who works 11 hours day, is “getting tired more easily” as a result of the hype.
She is the latest in a line of chefs wanting to return their Michelin stars. Last year, three-Michelin-star chef Sebastian Bras wrote to Michelin asking not be included in the next Michelin Guide, as he felt the pressure of maintaining Michelin standards was affecting his restaurant’s creativity, while more recently another French chef, Jérôme Brochot, requested to return his restaurant’s star because he couldn’t afford the costs of maintaining a Michelin-starred restaurant.