Niki first worked in a kitchen in her family's grocery store & restaurant, Asia Market, for 24 years. After they sold it in 2008, she went to Le Notre culinary school and then got her first job at Straits, a Singaporean, Malaysian, & Thai restaurant. She worked at Straits for 6 months before leaving for Spain on a three month externship at a golf resort hotel. Niki came back to Straits for a few more months and then took a job at Uchi Houston on the opening crew. She was at Uchi for six years where she became the first female sushi chef for the Houston location before being promoted to junior sous. During this time in her career she also spent time staging at Cosme in New York.