Foodbeast Katchup

#76: Lao Chef Calls Out Foodbeast

May 10, 2019

After Foodbeast posted a video highlighting a restaurant and a special menu they called the "Lao Table Feast," a Lao chef spoke up for the underrepresented community and called out the content within the video. Saying that there was not a single Lao dish on the menu, chef Saeng Douangdara accused Foodbeast of misrepresenting the culture.

In a tense conversation about culture, the Katchup crew strived to learn more bout Lao cuisine, how its history connects to Thai-American food, and how lesser known cuisines can be better highlighted in media. 

In this episode, we learn about the how Lao people came to the U.S., why they would hide their food under the "Thai" name, and what it has taken for the community to get exposure for its home cuisine. 

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Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Saeng Douangdara (@iamsaeng)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

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