Southern Fried Asian: Nguyen Tran

Southern Fried Asian wraps up our special food month with a conversation between Keith and Starry Kitchen co-founder Nguyen Tran!

Nguyen talks about growing up in the suburbs of Dallas (4:00), why he would pretend to be Wonder Woman when the other kids bullied him (8:00), and dealing with different Asian stereotypes (11:00). Then, they go into an extended discussion about how rejecting than embracing Vietnamese food contributed to his identity (15:00), whether there is such a thing as cultural authenticity when it comes to food (23:00), and the origin of Starry Kitchen (33:00). Finally, Nguyen explains how his and his wife’s Texas roots inform their food (44:00) and must choose between In-N-Out and Whataburger (47:00).

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Our official theme music is the song “Top Down” by  ChopsTimothy Flu, and Mic Barz

Southern Fried Asian is produced by Keith Chow and Jes Vu.