Dubai’s famous Sticky Rice Thai restaurant to open its first branch in Abu Dhabi

The famous Thai restaurant Sticky Rice in Dubai has announced the opening of its first branch in Abu Dhabi.

The family-run restaurant will open at Yas Mall in early 2022, bringing its authentic Thai dishes to the capital of the UAE.

Breaking the news on Instagram, the restaurant said: “It’s a love letter to all the beautiful people in Abu Dhabi who have been driving all along for years and still manage to stand in line for an hour to s sit and eat mom’s food with us.

“The amount of love from all of you since day one is overwhelming and it’s time we made love big.”

The Jumeirah Village Circle restaurant, which has gained a loyal fan base in Dubai, has had a tumultuous year. In January, the growing number of Covid-19 cases across the city led owners to shut down to ensure the safety of its staff and customers.

Weeks later, Sticky Rice announced the passing of owner Amena Rakkuson, affectionately known as “Mama” among customers, who had died from complications from the coronavirus.

However, the restaurant was reopened in September by Rakkuson’s son, Mo Abedin, co-owner of Sticky Rice, with space expanded to accommodate more customers.

The restaurant wrote on Instagram: “This was the last project Mama worked on for all of us. Her dreams started out very small, but as each day went by and she noticed that there was not enough seating, the customers who piled up to eat her food would jokingly say, “Your food is. unbelievable ! You should take the store next door, dig a hole in the wall and expand! ‘

“She was always laughing at the idea, but one day she surprised us all and did it and said, ‘Now there will be more room for everyone to sit and have fun in comfort. “”

The story of sticky rice

Sticky Rice is a passion project set up by the mother-son duo. Abedin was born in Bangkok, and his Emirati father and Thai mother lived and worked there as a child, before returning to the United Arab Emirates a few years later.

Abedin’s mother fed the Thai community in Dubai for 20 years.

Rakkuson started working in the home kitchen and delivered throughout town, sometimes driving up to six hours a day to feed people who were craving a taste of Thailand. In just a few years, she had 200 repeat customers, who ordered everything from spicy tom yum soup and pad thai noodles to other traditional dishes that take up to eight hours to prepare, she said. The National in 2019.

Rakkuson, who had been cooking meals for her family since the age of 9, said she always dreamed of having her own restaurant.

Self-taught, she read everything she could get her hands on and toured Bangkok’s street markets, asking how things were made, often shunned by busy traders, but still learning the ingredients and methodology of the craft. which would become his vocation.

Opening a branch in Abu Dhabi will be another Mama dream for Sticky Rice that will come true.

“It has always been a big dream for her and we are proud to be able to make it happen,” the announcement message said. “Mom, we are going to Abu Dhabi! “

Updated: November 29, 2021 10:47 a.m.

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