In the heart of Elland, there’s a chance to experience the taste of far eastern culture after the Thai takeaway received a Buddhist blessing.
SukanThaiFood in Southgate, Elland, near Halifax was given the blessing by Buddhist monks from Watbuddharam Temple in Headingley, Leeds, on Sunday 27th January. The ceremony was a resounding success and promises to bring happiness and prosperity for the future.
The monks dressed in their traditional robes and started with prayers and ancient Thai chants, before they blessed the premises and guests with holy water.
People from the Thai communities across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford attended the event. Everyone, whatever their beliefs, was welcome to attend and enjoy the taste of traditional Thai culture with owner Kiyara A-Roonchai and her team.
The takeaway and café opened in the centre of Elland last summer and created six new jobs in the process. Like the sister venue in Cleckheaton, SukanThai is named in honour of Kiyara’s late grandmother, Sukantha, who lived in Thailand and is her inspiration.
“When we start a new business, like a shop, or even get a new house or car, we like to receive a blessing which we believe will bring us good fortune and keep us safe. This little ceremony in Elland is a chance to share a flavour of Thai culture with friends and customers and thank them for their support so far in getting SukanThai Food off to a brilliant start”.
Kiyara said that the culinary theme for the café was “Thai with a twist”, which takes traditional Thai cooking and reinventing the old recipes to create something totally new. The dishes are “health-conscious” with little or no added sugar, very little salt content and no monosodium glutamate added so most dishes are suitable for people on slimming diets. Kiyara is currently working on some new vegan options to extend their menu even further.
The venue recently paired with the new Elland Craft and Tap micropub next door, so customers can now enjoy craft ales in the café.
Not only that, but SukanThaiFood provides a peaceful haven for people working in Elland during their lunch breaks and after work, and welcomes hungry shoppers and other people visiting the town.