Blackpink's Lisa boosts meatball business

Blackpink's Lisa boosts meatball business

Grilled meatball stalls at the front of Buri Ram railway station, a favourite snack of K-pop singer
Grilled meatball stalls at the front of Buri Ram railway station, a favourite snack of K-pop singer "Lisa". (Photo: Surachai Piragsa)

The rush on grilled and deep-fried meatballs continues, five days after Thai K-pop star Lalisa "Lisa" Manoban said they were the first things she would buy if she could return to her home province of Buri Ram from Korea.

Vendors in front of Buri Ram railway station said orders were pouring in from out of town since the singer said it was her favourite snack.

One vendor said sales had been only a few hundred baht a day until Lisa's interview. They had since rocketed to over 10-thousand baht a day, mostly online orders from other provinces.

Lisa said in an interview that she missed her parents' home-cooked meals as she had now been away from Buri Ram for almost two years.

The singer also said she wanted to return to the stalls near the railway station and eat their meatballs again.

"People buy and eat them right there at Buri Ram train station," she said. "They're really popular."
"The highlight is the sauce found only in Buri Ram."

The interview was aired one day after she released her first solo single, Lalisa, since joining Blackpink, one of the most popular K-pop bands in South Korea.

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Vocabulary

  • pour in: to flow in or enter in large amounts - ไหลเข้า
  • rocket: to (cause to) move very fast - พุ่งไปอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • stall: a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) - รถ หรือแผงขายของ
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
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