Supanee Kitmahawong (Nui). I am from Bangkok, Thailand.
When I was young, dinner time meant that everyone must be sitting together. The TV must be off. We would sit at a round table with a lazy Susan and a variety of home cooked dishes. Yes, it was a big part because it was the time for all of us to share the day’s stories while having a meal.
We would all go to my father's dim sum restaurant called August Moon. The restaurant was part of a mall called Thai Daimaru. My sisters and I would eat until we were really full and then walk around the mall for a little shopping. We loved finding some silly cheap stuff to buy until we started feeling sleepy. Then we jumped in the car and would sleep tight all the way back home.
You cannot run a business if you only know how to cook. You should be familiar with back-office operations. And the most important thing, treat your employees as your family because if they are happy working with you, your restaurant becomes a happy place.
Things may not go as planned. Be flexible. Save up money and if possible invest in real estate too.
Tum Thai (Spicy Papaya Salad with Salted Eggs) and The Impossible Larb. I love Tum Thai so much because it exposes your palette to all kinds of flavors: spicy, sweet, salty. I love to dip sticky rice into the sauce - it is very satisfying! I love it so much that we plan to make our own snack in Tum Thai flavor that will be out soon. Impossible Larb, is a very healthy vegan dish that is flavored with all kinds of Thai herbs. It tastes so good that you won’t believe you're not eating meat.
We found our favorite dish that everyone in my family loves. It is simple guacamole with chips at an airport in Mexico. I have to go back there to get it again. Otherwise, we sometimes go to Ootoya Japanese restaurant for Sunday comfort food.
5? That's too many. I will need only 3 things; a pan, knife, and some salt. Other than that, we probably can make our own tools and find local ingredients.