COCA ‘Suki’ Steamboat was founded in 1957 by Mr. Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife, Mrs. Patama. As a young lady, Mrs Patama spent hours in the kitchen, learning about fresh ingredients, putting together traditional authentic recipes and gradually became one of the best chefs in her family.
Spurred by her love for cooking, Mrs Patama created the menu from her family recipes and eventually with her husband, pioneered the COCA experience, a new Thai-style ‘Suki’ steamboat dining. Over the years, they also created the signature COCA sauce, the dipping sauce to complement the meal.
The couple decided to name the restaurant COCA, inspired by the Chinese words, “可口”, which means ‘tasty’ or ‘appetizing’.
Earlier this year, Coca has returned with a change of partnership and a new strategy to open in upmarket malls as well as introduce freestanding restaurants – a strategy it has used over the past seven years in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The first opening outlet in Malaysia by 2 young millennial named Janio and Elizabeth is located in Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur with a seating seating about 100 diners and serving an à la carte menu of Thai/Cantonese cuisine along with Coca’s signature hot pot, creative stock broths (including one being created exclusively for Malaysia) and suki sauce.
COCA Restaurants are a contemporary Thai, Chinese and hotpot (suki) concept. The group’s heritage dates back to 1957, when Khun Srichai Phanphensophon opened the first COCA restaurant in Surawong, launching the suki trend in Thailand.
Since then COCA Restaurants has pioneered a premium shared dining experience in Asia with over 30 restaurants across the region, featuring healthy menus of carefully selected high quality meats, seafood and vegetables.
The group’s entrepreneurial spirit continued when the group’s CEO and celebrity chef Pitaya Phanphensophon, Srichai’s son, opened the first Mango Tree restaurant, a Thai focused brand, in the heart of Bangkok in 1994. Today, Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants Worldwide operates more than 70 restaurants and cafes in 15 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and the USA.
Some of the signature highlights that has been brought into Malaysia were:
With the launch of the new COCA Restaurant in KL, the chain will operate a collection of 24 outlets across Asia, including nine in Thailand, five in Vietnam, four in Indonesia, three in Singapore and two in Japan. The group’s Malaysian portfolio is expected to reach at least four outlets in KL alone in the next three years. COCA and Mango Tree worldwide now has a global portfolio of 64 restaurants across its various brands, including COCA, located in key global cities.
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