Meet Patranya Bhoolsuwan: a storyteller, reporter and creator. Bhoolsuwan is the founder and star of Patranya Plates, a meals and travel-centered YouTube channel turned official net content material for one in all Seattle’s native information stations, KIRO 7. Patranya Plates has been a ardour challenge of Bhoolsuwan’s for the previous yr and have become part of KIRO 7 programming in the previous few months when she’d been reporting for KIRO 7.
Whereas Patranya Plates now has a following of 1.16Okay followers, Bhoolsuwan initially began her YouTube channel as a method to collectively ship suggestions to her household and pals around the globe.
Bhoolsuwan’s father was a diplomat for Thailand, and when she was two months previous, she lived in Poland earlier than coming to america.
“I lastly got here to America with that sense of wanting to inform tales as a result of that’s sort of how I grew up,” says Bhoolsuwan. “I really feel like I’ve a world viewers, my household in Thailand can watch [Patranya Plates], my pals can watch it, and I like touring to all these locations and making content material that means.”
Since 1998, Bhoolsuwan has been touring the world. She has lived in New York and has traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and has made return journeys again to Thailand the place she was born together with her start metropolis, Bangkok, and one other widespread Thai metropolis, Chiang Mai. She moved to Seattle three years in the past and reported for KIRO 7 from 2016 to 2019 (Bhoolsuwan very not too long ago moved to Las Vegas, Nevada).
“I moved right here once I was 18 and I simply fell in love with my life right here, however as i acquired older I acquired drawn to going again to Thailand. I like being a journalist right here in America. And doing Patranya Plates connects me to completely different elements of my life and the place I got here from as effectively,” says Bhoolsuwan.
By way of Patranya Plates, Bhoolsuwan highlights tradition makers like pioneering Thai chef and food expert, Toi. Toi is the matriarch and former proprietor of a restaurant inbuilt her namesake and is now targeted on her family-owned sauce and curry enterprise, Thaifusions.
“Now households turn into profitable and dig into their roots and share their cultures, and I really feel like that’s what I’m doing with Patranya Plates. And I interview individuals in America and never simply Thai cultures,” says Bhoolsuwan. She additionally connects her Seattle neighborhood to her Thai neighborhood, that includes movies similar to Seattle’s Thai Festival, exploring the floating markets of Amphawa, Thailand the place distributors promote their wares from boats, and how-to movies from ordering off the secret menu in Thai restaurants to budgeting for travel.
Bhoolsawan mentioned the Thai tourism board not too long ago reached out to her to speak to interview a Thai chef that’s large within the Thai neighborhood, which felt like a second of issues coming full circle. “I got here right here to be an American reporter, to have the ability to faucet into my Thai tradition that I left behind 20 years in the past and incorporate my love for media and storytelling into one thing like this,” she mentioned. “I’d possibly prefer to share creative issues individuals have completed like I wish to inform extra story about individuals from Thailand doing issues within the U.S. and incorporate meals and greater than pad thai and Phuket.”
Along with meals and journey movies, Patranya Plates additionally options cooking movies similar to spam musubi, pad thai and different dishes viewers won’t in any other case make at residence. “I like when individuals name and ask me are you able to give me tricks to this and this, and the place to go. I like being that individual, the in-house knowledgeable on delicacies and sizzling spots. Serving to individuals as a reporter, you give data, however right here [Patranya Plates], you give enjoyable data,” she mentioned.
As for suggestions, Bhoolsuwan had loads to share. “Victoria is 2 hours from Seattle. You don’t should go that far like go see a distinct nation in two hours,” mentioned. She added, “We’re doing a sequence on meals vans, there’s an Indian meals truck and so they’re simply making home made Indian meals.” And the place do Thai individuals in Seattle get their recipes? “Mekong Rainier Valley. Each metropolis I’ve lived in there’s normally just one [Thai market] and that’s the place all of the Thai individuals get their recipe.”
Watch Patranya’s Plates here.