Adulwitch Tangsupmanee, 42, holds up a picture of his father Chanchai Tangsupmanee, who died of Covid-19 in July, at his late father’s food stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown. He didn’t hesitate to step into his father’s shoes, but heirs to other street-food stalls in the Thai capital did think twice before taking the plunge. Photo: Reuters
Adulwitch Tangsupmanee, 42, holds up a picture of his father Chanchai Tangsupmanee, who died of Covid-19 in July, at his late father’s food stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown. He didn’t hesitate to step into his father’s shoes, but heirs to other street-food stalls in the Thai capital did think twice before taking the plunge. Photo: Reuters

Heirs to Bangkok street-food sellers who died of Covid-19 step up to the hotplate, ensuring their parents’ legacy lives on

  • When Chanchai, a famous street cook in the Thai capital, died from Covid-19, his children stepped up to keep his decades-old business going
  • He is one of at least seven Bangkok street cooks to die from the virus, an added blow to a culture that was dealing with evictions and bans before the pandemic

Adulwitch Tangsupmanee, 42, holds up a picture of his father Chanchai Tangsupmanee, who died of Covid-19 in July, at his late father’s food stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown. He didn’t hesitate to step into his father’s shoes, but heirs to other street-food stalls in the Thai capital did think twice before taking the plunge. Photo: Reuters
Adulwitch Tangsupmanee, 42, holds up a picture of his father Chanchai Tangsupmanee, who died of Covid-19 in July, at his late father’s food stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown. He didn’t hesitate to step into his father’s shoes, but heirs to other street-food stalls in the Thai capital did think twice before taking the plunge. Photo: Reuters
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