When you first meet Pearl, it’s hard to believe that someone so petite could love to eat as much as she does. A graduate of London’s Imperial Business School, she’s the beauty and brains behind Apinara Hong Kong, the first Hong Kong restaurant of Yuki Srikarnchana’s popular Nara Thai Cuisine that she co-founded with her business partners.
In our latest edition of the Tatler 10, where we pose 10 questions to Hong Kong-based entrepreneurs about their businesses, we asked Pearl about the importance of surrounding yourself with the best people and why passion can at times trump profit.
What does Hong Kong mean to you?
Hong Kong will always be home to me. I was born and raised here so Hong Kong is filled with many wonderful, life-changing memories and people who have made me who I am today.
Summarise your business in one sentence.
My restaurant Apinara is a narration of authentic Thai cuisine. Taking inspiration from age-old recipes and the essence of simple ingredients, Apinara expresses a profound appreciation for culturally influenced cooking through every dish.
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What is your proudest accomplishment?
Bringing Nara and Apinara, my childhood favourite restaurants from Thailand to Hong Kong.
What do you love most about running your own business?
As cliche as this sounds, it’s doing what I love every day. Dedicating myself to something I have so much love and passion for.