Growing up in Bangkok’s Chinatown neighborhood as one of 10 children, Kim Naka immigrated to the U.S. with her daughters, Arisa and Bo, in 2006. That same year, they opened their first restaurant, Aloy Thai in Boulder, winning critical acclaim for their fresh and authentic Thai cuisine. Everyone at the restaurant calls Kim “Maae,” which means “Mom” in Thai. She is a mom to all of Aloy’s staff and her amazing dishes come from carefully guarded family recipes which are adapted and created for all of Aloy’s menu features. Kim and her family opened Aloy Modern Thai in Denver in 2016.