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Chef Lam Harb on Introducing Lao Food to Windsor Canada

The aroma hits you as soon as you step in the door — savory meats and veggies sizzling on an open grill. With just a few tables, the owners call this a casual take-out restaurant; but, House of Pad Thai continues to draw you in with its friendly, relaxed vibe. This isn’t Windsor’s first Thai restaurant, but, it is the restaurant blazing new trails as the only place in town to serve Lao cuisine to the masses. It wasn’t long ago that Windsor, Ontario was nothing more than one of Canada’s least desirable cities. In recent years, the city has undergone a quiet transformation, much like neighboring Detroit. Chefs and artists have revived the once down and out Detroit into a mecca for food lovers; and across the border, Canadians have been following suit. Among them are Chefs Lam and Justin Harb, who opened House of Pad Thai in mid-2015. Justin and Lam are a husband and wife team. The pair connected while working at Simply Thai, her family’s restaurant. After many years there, the …

Retired Chef Jeannie Sisongkhone Ongkeo Featured on NYC’s “Native Dish”

(Photo: NYC Media) This week’s episode of “Native Dish” (airing Thursday 12/07/2017 at 9:56pm EST, on NYClife, Channel 25) features Jeannie Sisongkham Ongkeo. Not a native New Yorker with access to that channel? Don’t worry, you can also see her in action on their YouTube channel: So, what is “Native Dish”  and who is Jeannie (Sisongkhone) Ongkeo? “Native Dish is an interstitial series celebrating New York City immigrants from all over the world by exploring their authentic cuisines one dish at a time.” It airs on the City of New York’s Official TV Network, NYClife Channel 25, at 26 and 56 minutes after the hour. The makeup of the show is simple. There are no hosts and no foodie stars. Just NYC Immigrants featuring: their food, their culture, using their own words. NYC has long been a mecca for diversity—in people, food, flavors, music, language, culture, and yes, even politics. The saying, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” only glances at the surface of the city. What you must deduct …