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Saigoneer Podcast: Vietnamese Cuisine Abroad, Food Writer Andrea Nguyen and Saving Ancient Art Forms

Saigoneer is back in your earbuds with the latest episode of our podcast.

Our first discussion segment covers several great youth-led projects that have highlighted traditional forms of Vietnamese art that would otherwise be largely forgotten. We cover Ve Ve Hat Boi, a collective working to preserve the Vietnamese theater opera of hát bội; as well as an effort to digitalize the disappearing art of Hanoi's Hang Trong paintings. 

Then, we dig into foreign interpretations of Vietnamese food and whether they represent creativity or cultural appropriation.

In our interview segment culinary expert and food writer Andrea Nguyen calls in from California. She helped bring Vietnamese cuisine into the American mainstream through her best-selling cookbooks. We chat about her background, the significance of her childhood cuisine becoming a global phenomenon, The Pho Cookbook and whether the term 'authentic' has a place in food writing.

As always, we close with Banh Mi Banter.

Listen to this episode via the Soundcloud link below, or find us on the Apple podcast app, Stitcher or Overcast for Android.

Leave us a review letting us know what you think, and have a great weekend!


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