Kathmandu Cafe

1. How did you get started in your particular craft medium(s)?

When I came to the USA, I was interested in doing something on my own. I used to work as a cook in the second biggest trekking agency of Nepal. I have a passion to cook from the beginning. When I visited Portland Saturday Market, I saw all different cuisines in the market. That is what inspired me to introduce Nepali food. 

2. Where do you draw influence from?

I would say my grandmother. She had influenced me since my childhood. My grandmother was one of the strongest persons in my big family. She took care as a child.

She cooked good food with her own recipes. The recipes I am serving in the market today, are my grandmother’s and this makes me proud.

3. What is the difference between PSM and other markets?

PSM is one of the oldest outdoor Markets in Portland. PSM has all locally handmade arts and crafts as well as, food from different countries.

In addition, PSM gives every vendor equal opportunity. All vendors work together like a family and they respect each other mutually. PSM has its own rules that makes the market very popular.

4. How would you describe the difference between "arts" and "crafts"?

For me arts and crafts are very similar terms. However, craft refers to a skilled work where we need to apply technique to produce something that we have in our mind. It serves human purposes like cooking up a typical flavored dish or food.

In terms of art, it is a reflection of human emotions on your typical craft work. Art serves aesthetic purposes in a piece of craft. For instance, the idea of garnishing and presenting the food we cook in a different manners, is a work of art.

5. What’s your favorite thing in the world right now?

 At the moment, I am working on becoming a successful chef with more innovative experiences with different recipes.

6. How long have you sold your wares at PSM? What encouraged you to apply/ keeps you vending with us now?

I have been serving for from my country for 23 years to my customers. This is a part of my living, dealing every weekend with a new customers. Every year many tourists pay visit to the market from different places and that motivates me to introduce Nepali cuisine to all customers. When I am at the market, I can be myself and I feel like we are all a family. It keeps me eager and inspired to sell at  PSM.

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