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Bring authentic Cambodian food to Montana. Pledge $25, get $50 in rewards. Pledge $200, Bai will cater for you and your friends.

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Stop by on your lunch break for quick and tasty handmade wontons.
Stop by on your lunch break for quick and tasty handmade wontons.

The goal of this Kickstarter project is to fund the completion of a food trailer serving Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food. Bai will serve delicious and healthy food locally in Bozeman at various locations and throughout western Montana at festivals and farmer's markets.

Khmer BBQ-Tired of tomato based bbq sauce? Fall in love with ribs again.
Khmer BBQ-Tired of tomato based bbq sauce? Fall in love with ribs again.

 The Bai menu will be diverse and affordable in the tradition of street food around the world. The trailer has already been purchased but I still need commercial kitchen equipment. 

Khmer Curry and Cha Krueng-Like nothing you've ever tasted before.
Khmer Curry and Cha Krueng-Like nothing you've ever tasted before.

Cooking has always been a big part of family life in Cambodia. When I was a child, my mom and I sold food in front of a clothing factory near Phnom Penh. We didn’t get a lot of money but it was popular and something we could do to survive. When I turned 13, my father left my mother, so she had to take care of my brother, sister and I by herself.

Bok choy pork
Bok choy pork

During Cambodia’s many holidays, my family would prepare great meals and bring them to the pagodas to give to the monks and sell to the people. My mom has always been a good cook and she’s taught me everything I know.

There is a popular road in Siem Reap called “Street 60” where many food vendors go. My mom and grandma went there to sell Banh Chiao, which is a light and savory pork filled rice crepe. It’s difficult to prepare but everyone loved it.

Cambodian cuisine is characterized by contrasts: fresh and cooked, sweet, sour and salty. It uses fresh vegetables and doesn’t rely on tons of fat or frying. I think it’s different from Thai food in this way. During the Khmer Rouge, Cambodian cuisine was nearly lost, but now it’s making a comeback, becoming popular in New York and around the world.

In order to bring Cambodian to Montana, I need your help. I’ve already purchased the trailer so your pledges will be used to purchase commercial kitchen equipment and get the trailer ready for business.

I want to reward you, my backers, for believing in me and Cambodian food, so every dollar pledged will be returned, doubled, in the form of a punch card redeemable for menu items from the Bai trailer. For example, if you pledge $25, you’ll get $50 worth of food. You are basically just buying gift cards for Cambodian food before the trailer is ready. Your pledges will be doubled as my way of saying thank you.

For pledges of $200 or more, I will bring the Bai trailer to your home or business and cater a dinner for you and 5 of your friends. I’ll take care of everything. This is a significant discount on catering prices once the trailer is open for business.

If you want to support this project but don’t live in Montana, or know someone who does, pledge $25 and I’ll send you an authentic Cambodian krama scarf. These kramas are hand loomed and great for spring or fall.

I feel very fortunate to live in the United States, and I want to form a non-profit organization to help women and children in Cambodia. I plan to use the Bai food trailer to raise awareness of issues faced by women in home country and to raise funds for projects there. By supporting this Kickstarter project, you will not just be helping to bring Cambodian food to Montana, but also helping those in need in Cambodia.

Risks and challenges

Every new business has risk, and starting Bai is no exception. With that out of the way, let me assure you that this food trailer is my life. I am putting everything I have into this business.

Right now, funding is the biggest challenge. For Health Department approval I need to purchase commercial restaurant equipment which is expensive. I've already been in contact with the Gallatin County Health Dept. and know exactly what needs to be done to be compliant.

I don't want to just ask for money with this Kickstarter project, which is why I've created rewards which give back as much as received. Once the Bai food trailer is up and running, I know that I owe everything to you, my backers. That's a responsibility I don't take lightly.

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    Pledge $10 and you will receive a punch card worth $10 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $10 and you will receive a punch card worth $20 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $20 and you will receive a punch card worth $20 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $20 and you will receive a punch card worth $40 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $25 and you will receive a punch card worth $25 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $25 and you will receive a punch card worth $50 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    NEW REWARD!!

    I just got a shipment of authentic Cambodian krama scarves in various colors. They are all a little different so I can't guarantee a specific one for each backer, but I'll work with you on it.

    Pledge $25 and get one of these krama scarves shipped to you anywhere in the US of A.

    These kramas are hand loomed and are cute cute cute!

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    Pledge $50 and you will receive a punch card worth $50 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $50 and you will receive a punch card worth $100 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $50 and you will receive a punch card worth $100 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

    PLUS: You can choose one of the authentic Cambodian krama scarves.

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    Pledge $50 and you will receive a punch card worth $75 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open. PLUS: You can choose one of the authentic Cambodian krama scarves.

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    Pledge $100 and you will receive a punch card worth $100 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $100 and you will receive a punch card worth $200 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.

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    Pledge $150 and you will receive a punch card worth $100 of food from the Bai food trailer whenever and wherever it's open.
    PLUS:
    Sunflower will give you an hour lesson in Khmer, the language of Cambodia.

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    Sunflower will teach you some of her secrets in an exclusive personal cooking class.

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    Now you're playing with the big boys!

    Pledge $200 and Sunflower will bring the Bai food trailer to your home (within 20 miles of Bozeman) to cater a dinner for you and 5 of your friends.

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    Sunflower will bring the Bai food trailer to your home (within 35 miles of Bozeman) to cater a dinner for you and 5 of your friends.

    Note: This reward offers a new radius for the catering option. If you've already back the 20 mile radius reward, don't worry, you are covered , too, if that applies.

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    UPDATED!!:
    Pledge $500 and Sunflower will bring the Bai food trailer to your home (within 20 miles of Bozeman) to cater a dinner for you and 5 of your friends.

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    Your name shall be emblazoned on the Bai food trailer for all to see. If you prefer to remain anonymous, your name can be displayed on the inside of the food trailer in a dark but comfy corner.

    Also, you'll receive $300 in punch cards redeemable for Bai food whenever and wherever she be. Yar.

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    Long distance catering option!! My rewards for catering are so popular and people have begun asking about longer distances. This option is for you!

    Pledge $500 and Bai will travel to your home (within 200 miles of Bozeman) and cook for you and your loved ones. (Limit: 7 people)

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Funding period

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