2018 / 2月
文‧Lee Shan Wei 圖‧Chuang Kung-ju
Chef Ah-Tong—as Rapeeporn Sillapkit, executive chef of the Sukhothai restaurant in the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel is known—has made it her mission to perpetuate the flavors of “Mama’s cooking.” Having first come to Taiwan 30 years ago, she has lived here for 16 years all told, and helped to stir up a craze for Thai food. Since first arriving, she has also spent ten years in Southeast Asia and mainland China—time apart that helped her understand that Taiwan is indeed the place she loves most. “Taiwan is so beautiful,” she says in fluent Mandarin, “and people here are so cute.” To primp for the day ahead, she always rises at dawn—appropriately enough, since Sukhothai means “blissful dawn” in Thai. For Ah-Tong, Taiwan has long since stopped being a foreign land and instead become a place of enduring joy in her heart.