The Wang Derm Story

The Wang Derm [wung derm]

n. old palace, n. brand of quality Thai food product line; est. 1978

The words wang derm directly translate as old palace. The historical relevance behind these words dates back to a time when Thailand was known as the Kingdom of Siam. The old palace belonged to the dynasty of the King of Thonburi (preceding the dynasty of King Rama I) who was renowned for ending the neighboring wars that demolished the thriving capital at Ayutthaya during the late 1700s. The King of Thonburi reunited the country and re-established the capital of Siam on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, which also served as the site of his own palace.

Originating in the heart of the city known today as Bangkok, the Wang Derm brand was established on the original site of the old palace along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Inspired by the history of the old palace, the name was intended to reflect the westward movement of the former capital. Wang Derm therefore became one of the first Thai food brands to be exported into the United States, leading the way for others. Today, the brand strives to preserve traditional Thai culture through the promotion, provision and distribution of Thai food products and specialty items while also supporting cultural activities of the Thai community.

The Wang Derm brand is well known for the quality of its 100% pure Thai Hom Mali (Jasmine) Rice. Over the past 25 years, Wang Derm has expanded to incorporate a vast range of quality Thai and ethnic food items into its product line including Frozen Banana Leaves, Coco Glace™, and Sweet Tamarind.