Matthew Kaimann spent most of his career in corporate sales and management. His office was close to the Pearl Café, a popular Thai restaurant in Florissant, so he went there frequently for lunch. Owner and operator Scott Truong would occasionally come out and chat with Kaimann.
“Scott makes time for the regulars,” he says. “He would sit down, have a talk, get to know everyone. I was no different.”
The two grew to become close friends; Truong was even a groomsman at Kaimann’s wedding.
Kaimann eventually got tired and frustrated with his corporate career, so he quit. Then one day, he and Truong were chatting about creating a food business together, and their truck, Tuk Tuk Thai, began.
Truong brings kitchen know-how and a connection to a well-known restaurant, while Kaimann brings a strong management and business background. The two cook most of the truck’s creative Thai dishes out of the Pearl Café’s kitchen. They’ve appeared at various events and spots around the metro area, including St. Charles Food Truck Night and Scott Air Force Base.
Popular dishes include sweet and sour chicken and King Rama chicken, crispy chicken with a Thai chile-ginger sauce. Other options include Thai chile pulled pork, drunk chicken and red curry. The truck offers classic sides, such as pot stickers and spring rolls. The duo also makes sure to always offer gluten-free and vegan options at events.
Kaimann is honored by all of the support from the community.
“Sometimes we have lines that are really long, and people still wait in those lines just to get the food,” he says.
He also appreciates people who give them shout outs on Instagram and engage with them on social media.
The truck has gotten so many requests for bookings that the team is now eyeing another truck.
“We’re getting to the point where we’re getting multiple days requested and timeframes,” he says. “I already have that day booked, and so we’re turning down events.” he says.
Although it will take some time to figure out logistics, the team looks forward to the next step. Follow its social media to see where the truck will appear next.
Tuk Tuk Thai, instagram.com/tuktukthaistl