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Episode 12

Hmong cuisine, it's about the people

Hmong cooking is the telling of the story of a people. Chef Yia Vang, owner of Union Hmong Kitchen and Vinai in Minneapolis, breaks down Hmong food and culture with Chef Rich and Justin.


Be sure to follow Chef Rich and Justin on Twitter at @ChefRrupp and @jupehr.

Episode Notes

1:16 – Hmong Culture

3:50 – Road Trip

4:58 – Chef Yia Vang Joins the Show

6:15 – Always a Chef

10:18 – Chef Yia’s Father

19:57 – Coming to America

24:13 – Finding his Cooking Style

27:16 – Maintaining Authenticity

34:56 – Wood Fire Grilling

40:55 - Kamayan Feasts

44:52 – Hmong Food Philosophy

55:28 – Chef Yia’s Inspirational Quote