Asian Mint Brings Fresh Thai Flavors to Richardson
The Asian Mint’s menu includes seasonal favorites such as Crispy Cranberry Chicken ($ 15.95). (Samantha Van Dyke / Community Impact Journal)
Nikky Phinyawatana and her husband Tan Noisiri opened the first Asian Mint restaurant in 2004 in Dallas to create Thai food they couldn’t find in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Fifteen years and three Dallas-based Asian Mint restaurants later, the couple opened their fourth location in Richardson in October 2019.
Phinyawatana, who calls herself “half Thai, half Texas,” said she wanted to shatter the common American misconception that Asian cuisine is all about salty and fried foods.
âIn reality, it’s all about the balance,â said Phinyawatana. âIt’s about balancing the four S’s: salty, sweet, sour and spicy. “
This means using fresh ingredients, such as lemongrass, basil, lime juice, tamarind and tomatoes, she said. Phinyawatana and Noisiri, who serves as the chef, create each dish on the menu. They offer a wide variety of traditional dishes, such as summer shrimp rolls and red curry. Seasonal dishes include Thai Beef Noodle Soup and Cranberry Crispy Chicken, a variation of the popular Orange Chicken made with cranberry sauce.
âOur holiday dishes are based on what customers tell us they want,â said Phinyawatana. âWhen it’s colder, we take out more comfort food; [we bring out] salads and light beers in spring and summer.
Phinyawatana said she wanted to share Thai cuisine beyond the dining experience at the restaurant. Cooking classes that were interrupted during the pandemic will return to Asian Mint in the coming months. Phinyawatana also offers home chef experiences, where she gives group cooking and culture classes.
His YouTube channel, Chef Nikky, has video tutorials of his recipes as well as a new show, “Thai Takeover.” Fans can sign up to have Phinyawatana come to their home and show them how to create Thai dishes using her range of sauces, knife, and whatever ingredients she can find in their kitchen. The show aims to demonstrate that cooking with Thai flavors doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated, Phinyawatana said.
In the future, she said that she and Noisiri would like to open more restaurants. They are encouraged by the support they have received, she said.
âPeople kept saying, ‘Nikky, we need an Asian mint in Richardson,’ so we did,â said Phinyawatana. âI am very grateful to the Richardson community for adopting us. “
300 W. Campbell Road, Ste. 140, Richardson
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 am-3pm, 5 pm-9pm; Sat 11 am-9pm; Sun closed.