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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 Thai. In the years since, I have developed their recipes and added my own flair, keeping with the tradition of care and authenticity. 

I moved to New York in the early 2000s to attend graduate school for organizational management. While studying,  I developed the idea and business plan for a 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!

Outside of work, I love to learn and grow; it keeps each day fresh and new.  Besides cooking, I adore modern art, food tasting  and traveling - which keeps me more in tune with art and science - and spending time with my family. 

New Hampshire 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