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The Chang thai experience

At Chang Thai blend the best of Thai cuisine with 

a dash of contemporary flair.  

We believe that fresh ingredients sourced locally in New England 

leads to more flavorful food while sustaining our local economy.

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EMSHIKA ALBERINI

Growing up in Bangkok, I was often at my mother and grandmother’s sides learning how to cook homecook Thai. In the years since, I have developed their recipes and added my own flair. I love to integrate traditional with a modern twist  in a sustainable way.

I moved to New York in the early 2000s to attend graduate school for organizational management at Sage Graduate Schools in Albany, New York. While studying,  I developed the idea and business plan for a modern Thai restaurant with my sister, Sriwipha "Ann" Phathan. After graduating and working in the corporate world for several years, I received news that Ann passed away in 2006. Her sudden absence motivated me to transition from corporate employee to entrepreneur, and two years later I opened  Chang Thai Cafe in Littleton, NH in 2008. 

Ann has been my biggest inspiration and the passion behind this restaurant, I am truly honored to accomplish her dream, make it a reality and share her love with everyone!

In 2021, I was featured on Food Network "Chopped" with Martha Stewart "Martha Rules : Tournament of Champion" for the $50,000 grand prize! Season 49 Episode 2 : Tick Tock

Business Review recently named me as a "NH 200: The Granite State's Most Influential Business Leaders" in 2021. It's an honor for my family, especially my late sister. I hope I make her proud!!

Love,
Emshika