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Thai Tien

Chow Chat

By Carol Smaglinski August 15th, 2012

The co-owner of The Grand House Asian Bistro, which has been in Oklahoma City since 1984, Thai Tien was born in Vietnam and is one of seven children.

Met your wife: “Kathy is from France, and I met her in Saigon. We were separated for five to six years and rejoined in Boston and then got married.”

A big event in 2011: “My wife, Kathy, and I opened another restaurant, 180 Meridian in Norman.”

Got a start in the restaurant business: “As a waiter, but we came to Oklahoma to open up a dim sum restaurant, and our first was at N.W. 24th and Classen. Now we are at 26th and Classen, where we also do weddings and catering.”

The Grand House: “Is known for its dim sum, every Saturday and Sunday.”

Music: “Yes, every Friday night.”

Best sellers: “Peking duck, pad thai and our fried jalapeño appetizer, and we just added this to the menu at 180.”

Anything you would not eat: “I eat everything.”

Quick tip for a server: “We have a list that they read over, but they know that the customer is always right. We do whatever they say.”

Favorite museum: “The Smithsonian.”

Famous customers: “Yes, professional athletes.”

What do you look for in potential employees
: “That they are reliable and have skills.”

Out to eat: “New restaurants and we eat out very often in every kind of restaurant from Indian to Italian. We like everything.”

Inspiration: “Comes from Chef John Bennett, my mentor.”

Recipes come from: “Everywhere, we learn from many.”

Where should tourists visit in Oklahoma: “Bricktown for a walk and to the Cowboy and Heritage Museum to buy some Indian souvenirs.”

Worst job: “I liked everything I did; every job was different and I learned.”

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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