Sowady Chhoukdean

Owner & Director of Monsoon

Sowady is co-owner of both Monsoon and Ba Bar, and helps run the day-to-day operations at Monsoon with his wife, Sophie Banh. Sowady was a key partner in founding the original Monsoon back in 1999. You can read more about Sowady and the history of the Saigon Siblings over on the Our Story page. Here’s some fun facts:


Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Previous Jobs

Engineer at Washington DOT

Favorite Seattle Restaurant


Favorite Late Night Snack


Favorite Vietnamese Dish

Catfish Claypot

Perfect Day

Visiting each restaurant and seeing teamwork and smiles from everybody.

Alternate Universe Career


Favorite Part of The Pacific Northwest

Nice and cool! Not too hot and not too cold. I really like the fresh air after a good rain.

Next Vacation Location

Europe or South America

Favorite Movie


What have you learned?

Be patient with everything. People always deserve a second chance.