THOMASTON — For David and Rotchana Hirshberg, opening Ka Chai Thai Street Food is about love, family and nourishing the community.

The couple has a passion for cooking and wanted to bring authentic, healthy Thai food to the Midcoast — and it does not get more authentic than Rotchana’s family recipes.

Rotchana was born and grew up in Bankok, Thailand, where her family owned and operated restaurants. The dishes on the menu are all her mother’s recipes, she said, made with fresh ingredients, which are “as local as possible.”

“My family loves cooking,” Rotchana said. Her mother happily shared the recipes for Ka Chai Thai, she added, and has been checking to make sure Rotchana is remembering all the important parts.

David went to culinary school and said Rotchana taught him how to make all her family dishes. “I love to cook,” he added.

Rotchana was previously a nurse practitioner who was cooking for her family at home. When her brother moved to the area, the couple decided to open a restaurant together. All three will be working in the Ka Chai kitchen to serve up what David dubbed “a real taste of Bangkok cooking.”

The restaurant is also a chance for the couple to spend more time with their young son, who can come there and be exposed more to Thai food and cooking culture.

Ka Chai Thai Street Food is at 444 Main St. in Thomaston, formerly Doug’s Seafood. There will be a soft opening with a limited menu Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 5 the couple said they hope to have regular hours of 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Ka Chai Thai Street Food in Thomaston. Photo by Christine Simmonds