"Com thang means ‘monthly rice’ and is a service that has been used for hundreds of years by hungry scholars arriving in new cities."
By Jessica Yadagaran—Seattle Magazine
June 10, 2016
This week, Seattle Magazine talks about Taylor Hoang’s Rickshaw Chef delivery service.
Before HelloFresh and Munchery, there was com thang, an ancient dining tradition in Vietnam. Com thang means ‘monthly rice’ and is a service that has been used for hundreds of years by hungry scholars arriving in new cities. It enabled them to join local families for dinner in exchange for a small fee.
Rickshaw Chef is Seattle’s answer to com thang. Its creator, Taylor Hoang, a mother of two and owner of Pho Cyclo Cafe, a chain of Vietnamese restaurants in and around Seattle, officially launched the delivery service in January as a way to help busy families like hers who can’t find the right fit with other meal delivery services. The user-friendly website just went live in May.
Specifically, she says she wanted authentic meals that catered to families whose children ate the same food as the adults (but maybe a milder version), didn’t require daily decisions about what to order, and catered to a more Asian palate. That’s Rickshaw Chef.—Jessica Yadagaran