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Celebrity Taste: Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige

Written by Gastronomer Lifestyle

“The Japanese Issue”, August-September 2023

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Making her professional debut in 2017, at 28, Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige was considered Thailand’s first female pro-MMA fighter, paving the way for many female athletes in the field to come. Born and raised in Thailand, this Thai-Japanese superstar started taking up martial arts, such as aikido, karate, and taekwondo, at nine years old. She quickly developed a passion for the sports, adopting more combat styles over the years. In her first year of professional fighting, Rika won three out of four matches in the ONE Championship arena.

Though she has taken a step back from competing nowadays, Rika has been busy focusing on her healthy, happy lifestyle and sharing it on social media. She was even recognised as “Best Sports Influencer” at the recent Japan Expo Thailand 2023. Besides sports, Rika is a passionate foodie and home cook, with a separate Instagram account for her epicurean adventures (the sign of a true foodie). The Tinydoll also tells us she’s been taking a few courses on baking and pastry and working her way up to certification. If you want to get to know Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige better, here’s what the fighter and food lover likes to eat, drink, and cook.

MMA fighter Rika "Tinydoll" Ishige
MMA fighter Rika "Tinydoll" Ishige

What’s your favourite restaurant for a date?

Rooftop at Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok because of the atmosphere and views. It’s a scenic, riverfront venue, overlooking the Chao Phraya River and Wat Arun temple.

Favourite cafe?

Buddha & Pals Cafe. I usually order the Chili Avocado Tuna Salad, Garlic Bacon Spaghetti, and Bangkok Holiday, which is espresso shots with coconut water.

Thai or Japanese cuisine?

Why choose when you can have both!

Favourite Japanese dish?

Definitely ramen!

Favourite Japanese restaurant in Bangkok?

Okinawa Kinjo—the food quality and atmosphere there are profoundly great! I love their Okinawa pork and noodles.

Favourite thing to cook?

Oyakodon, which is a classic Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl. It’s super easy to make, but so delicious and also healthy.

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Favourite dessert?

Oh no, I can’t choose just one because I’m a big dessert lover! I’ll probably go with ice cream or cookies.

Favourite bar?

I rarely drink alcohol, but when I do, I like to drink umeshu. My favourite place is Fukuichi izakaya in On Nut.

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