Kyo Pang is a third generation of Baba Nyonya descendant and a refugee from Malaysia. She moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue a degree in psychology and public relations. She previously worked as an event planner for nightlife in New York City after graduation. She is now the chef and founder of Kopitiam. Located on the Lower East Side of New York, the restaurant received a 2018 James Beard Semifinalist nomination, a 2018 critic pick from Pete Wells in the NYTimes where he called it “almost unfailingly terrific” and in 2019 the restaurant was named a Bon Appetit Magazine Hot Ten restaurant. She currently lives with her wife, Kiyomi in New York.