Dives are cool. Hole in the walls are well kept secrets. Shacks in the back have amazing bbq. Tiny homestyle joints off the beaten path often taste the best because there’s less emphasis on the aesthetic and more on the service and food. That’s why Mai’s Thai in Jeffersonville, Indiana is a true treasure with its 30 person dining room, one person waitstaff and authentic homestyle Thai food. And the Thai was delicious right down to the homemade sweet and sour sauce. It was light and sweet, not syrupy and overpowering.
The lady behind the food has quite a story.
Who is Mai?
Mai Kungkran (now Meyers) grew up in a suburb of Bangkok, Thailand, and attended school at a local Buddhist temple. While living near Bangkok, Mai learned traditional, “home style” Thai cooking from her father. At the age of 18, Mai married an American Soldier and moved to the United States. Mai struggled through learning American ways and the English language but was fortunate enough to have assistance through local community services in Louisville. After holding several jobs, Mai decided to use her cooking skills to provide her income. Mai’s first shop was in a small grocery store in Louisville where she cooked until the grocery store closed down. Mai then opened her present establishment on 10th Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
What we ate:
Our total lunch bill was $31 with all that great food plus soft drinks. And considering I lost a bet and had to buy my dining companions food I was pleasantly surprised.
Check out Mai’s Thai at 1411 E 10th St in Jeffersonville. Open Monday through Saturday 11a-9p. (812) 282-0198