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Photos: Thai restaurants in Fairbanks

Laong Boonprasert, right, owns Thai House in downtown Fairbanks. She speaks with one of her staff, Joy Gryska. Thai House was the first of many Thai restaurants that now operate in the area.
Marc Lester
Sompoch Poolsawat, left,operates Sam's Taste of Thai with his son Kittisak on Sheep Creek Road outside of Fairbanks.
Marc Lester
Tutu Navachai cooks at Lemongrass restaurant in Fairbanks on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The business also has a location in Chang Mai, Thailand.
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Tutu Navachai co-owns the Lemongrass Thai restaurant in Fairbanks with his son, Natt Navachai. His other son, Gor, who is visiting Fairbanks for the summer, runs another Lemongrass location in Chang Mai, Thailand.
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Laong Boonprasert, right, owns Thai House in downtown Fairbanks. Thai House was the first of many Thai restaurants that now operate in the area.
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Nim Austin, at bottom right, has been cooking at Thai House in Fairbanks for six years.
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Joy Gryska is a waitress at Thai House in downtown Fairbanks. Thai House, which opened in 1989, was the first of many Thai restaurants to open in Fairbanks in the years since. Many Thai restaurants have opened in Fairbanks, creating a competitive market for the cuisine.
Marc Lester
A curry chicken dish from Thai House in downtown Fairbanks.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester

Many Thai restaurants have opened in Fairbanks, creating a competitive market for the cuisine. At least 14 Thai restaurants are open for business in the borough. Some have been around for decades, others just a few years. Their numbers far outweigh Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese cuisine in the city. Read more about how the trend began in this story by Laurel Andrews.