Owner of Tammasart 小松亭_タマサート
“I myself can connect with Lao people through my business and I can also connect Japanese people to Lao culture. Lao is not well known in Japan and only few peoples know about it or actually have visited.“
What's the name of your business and how did you come up with it?
my personal Lao food business name is “Komatsutei Thammasart”. I’m Japanese and “Komatsu” is my family name. “tei” mean a hut. “Thummasart” is my favorite Lao word which means nature/wild . I named my business after Lao’s beautiful nature and its blessings. I came up my business because it is so difficult to find Lao food in Japan after I came back from Lao for my master paper research (DIY spirit 🔥)
What are your inspirations for being in the food industry?
My inspiration is in this industry is to connect people through my food. I myself can connect with Lao people through my business and I can also connect Japanese people to Lao culture. Lao is not well known in Japan and only few peoples know about it or actually have visited. My motivation is to forcast information & experience to any people in Japan through Lao food.
What were some of your challenges being a Lao business?
As Lao food is not popular in Japan it is always a headache for me to source Lao food ingredients😅 Herbs, seasonings, cutleries, etc etc. About pa daek (Lao fish sauce), I have been making it myself for this several years with 100% natural freshwater fish, organic rice bran and fine mineral-rich sea salt from Okinawa.
What advice would you give to someone based on your experience?
Try to making Lao food on your own! To eat is a great start of knowing other culture but to make food by yourself will leads you a whole another level.
What's your favorite Lao dish?
It’s kind of a difficult question for me as I love many Lao dishes. Laap pa dip, mok pa, mok samon moo(pig brain), ping kai, keang nor mai….. Let’s just say “khao niew & jeow pa”!