12-year-old restaurant Thai Spice Asian Gourmet features traditional Thai recipes

Thai Spice Asian Gourmet
Pad Thai Chonburi ($12.90). The Pad Thai Chonburi includes rice noodles with bean sprouts, carrots, green onions, egg and peanuts; choice of beef, pork, chicken or tofu. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pad Thai Chonburi ($12.90). The Pad Thai Chonburi includes rice noodles with bean sprouts, carrots, green onions, egg and peanuts; choice of beef, pork, chicken or tofu. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Pineapple fried rice ($12.35). The pineapple fried rice includes shrimp, raisins, onions and curry. In Thailand, this dish is typically served within the husk of a fresh pineapple. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sweet rice with mango ($7.15). Mango sticky rice is a traditional dessert originating in Thailand. It is made with glutinous rice, fresh mango, palm sugar and coconut milk. It is consumed throughout Southeast Asia. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Vim Ferrer opened the Thai Spice Asian Gourmet in 2008. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Editor's note: This article—which is included in our March 2020 print edition—was reported before state and county orders prevented restaurants from serving dine-in customers. As of March 26, Thai Spice Asian Gourmet is offering takeout, curbside service and delivery through GrubHub, UberEats, Doordash and Postmates.

For 12 years, Vim Ferrer, the owner of Katy’s Thai Spice Asian Gourmet, said he has been fortunate to build meaningful relationships with his customers through conversations, memorizing their orders and sometimes watching their children grow.

“Being a restaurant owner in Katy, although at times challenging, is also amazing,” Ferrer said. “We have the best customers, and I recognize nearly everyone who walks through our doors and love meeting all of our new customers as well.”

Thai Spice Asian Gourmet features traditional recipes, such as pad thai, curry and mango desserts.

Ferrer opened the eatery in August 2008, and he said the challenging part of owning a restaurant in Katy is the changing landscape. “When we first opened, there was only one other Thai restaurant in Katy and only a handful more of other Asian restaurants,” Ferrer said. “It feels like hundreds of restaurants have opened in the past year alone.”

He added regular customers still visit his restaurant but not as often because there are many more Asian dining options available.

Although his restaurant is a franchise born in Bellaire in 1995, Ferrer said the Katy location is a true family business operated by several members of his immediate and extended family including his wife, brother, parents, sister-in-law, cousin, godson and daughter.

“It was not my intention to be in the restaurant business, but something that I had become passionate about after spending so many years in the business,” Ferrer said.

Thai Spice Asian Gourmet

1420 S. Mason Road, Ste. 170, Katy



Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.


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