Farang, the Thai word for foreigner, is the story of chef Andy Ricker and how he spun a 25-year obsession with Northern Thailand into the hit success that is his Pok Pok restaurant empire. The impetus behind Andy’s drive to open a restaurant initially began as a strategy for flexibility to be able to travel, but it became so much more than that.
The focus of Andy’s culinary mission transformed into representing the culture and food of the people in Northern Thailand as close to traditional as possible. He is constantly reinforcing the idea that he is not a chef, but merely a person who is helping to curate this cuisine in America. In this feature-length film, Andy introduces us to three of his main inspirations in Thailand that he has based some of his most successful dishes upon. FARANG explores Andy’s story from his childhood to present day, and was filmed between Chiang Mai, Portland, and New York City. The filming was mostly done in May 2013 while Andy was getting ready to open his sixth restaurant, Sen Yai. Enjoy.