All posts tagged: Food

WTFung?

My brother recently tagged me in a video about Lao food posted by the infamous FUNG BROS., a YouTube duo who produce hilarious videos highlighting Asian American themes, especially food. They’re pretty popular, too, netting over 900,000 subscribers on YouTube. My first thoughts were, “Holy crap, the FUNG BROS. made a video about Lao food?! Maybe the #laofoodmovement is a real thing.” When I watched the video, I was not only sorely disappointed, but annoyed and offended by a lot of the misinformation. As a proud Lao American, I know the Lao community does not get the same exposure that other communities receive. So when a chance like this comes along, sending the right message is not only important, but necessary. The Fung Bros. not only missed an opportunity to showcase the flavors and combinations that make Lao food unique, but they failed to provide correct information on the Lao community, leading me to think WTFUNG?! Here are 5 problematic moments in the video: They went to a “Thai” restaurant and ordered predominantly Thai dishes. Most of you are probably thinking, “But …

The Lao Food Love Affair in NYC: Chef Phet of Khe-Yo

This is a first part series on Lao food in the mainstream food scene. The Modern Lao Chef with Midwest Roots It starts with the smells. Tasting it comes second. In its traditional form, the sight of it scares the hell out of you. Then when both senses cancel out what the eyes think they see as exotic and weird, a magical dance occurs on the tip of your tongue. It’s not your usual sweet and sour takeout that it should remind you of. It’s new, different and yet so comforting. It’s bold, a bit pungent, and delightfully bitter. Your mouth becomes happy at the joy of the unknown flavors the typical American would never imagine as being delicious. And that’s how a typical beginner’s love affair starts with Lao food. In the heart of Tribeca village in New York City, there are two Lao chefs. At Khe-Yo, Kansas-based Chef Phet Schwader is a no-nonsense Lao American food scene hustler who enjoys playing with flavors of Southeast Asia. Across the street is Chef Jeannie, a low-key mom …