After deftly cooking rice, plump shrimp and a host of fresh, aromatic ingredients, Suparporn “Pon” Bunnagitkarn heaped a colorful serving of fried rice onto a plate at Pineapple Thai Cuisine, the restaurant she and her husband Joshua Peled recently opened on the Newton side of Chestnut Hill.
“I cook at home, I cook for everyone,” she said. Then, gesturing to her husband she added, “He likes to eat.”
“Everything done here is from scratch,” said Peled, who handles the business side of the restaurant. “That’s the key.”
The Chestnut Hill residents buy all the food themselves rather than going through suppliers and every morning a company delivers freshly made noodles.
Bunnagitkarn, who is originally from Thailand, has been a chef for 25 years. She had been working in restaurants many years before she and Peled decided in 2015 to open their own eatery – the original Pineapple Thai Cuisine in Brookline Village.
“We took a chance,” said Peled.
The Brookline location is now run by Bunnagitkarn’s daughter, son-in-law and his mother. The small shop is mostly takeout and catering orders, with only a few seats, and Peled said they wanted to open a second location in a spot that had more eat-in options.
“In Brookline, the biggest problem was parking,” he said. With the new eatery located on “The Street,” that’s no longer an issue.
While parking availability may differ, popular dishes remain the same in both locations: pad Thai with crispy chicken (sauteed rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, scallions, and peanuts topped with crispy chicken) and pad-si-ew (sauteed wide rice noodles with egg, Chinese broccoli, and other meats and veggies you can add in).
Recent visitors Carmen Clay, who ordered the chicken fried rice, and Jessica Colindres, who was one of many customers to make the pad Thai with crispy chicken a popular dish, enjoyed their first meal at the restaurant.
“It’s delicious,” said Clay.
Pineapple Thai Cuisine is located at 17 Boylston St. (“The Street”) in Chestnut Hill. For more information, visit https://www.pineapplethaichestnuthill.com