Vietnamese food is the top in Houston, TX:
During our episode in Houston, TX, Misha gets a personal tutorial on how to eat pho and viet-cajun crawfish from the true experts. Although it may not be the first place you think of to get some of the best Vietnamese food in the country, Houston, TX is it. The vibrant area called Little Saigon is one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the United States. In turn, their Vietnamese restaurants, such as Pho Dien, a traditional Vietnamese restaurant, as well as evolving flavors in restaurants such as Xin Chao are off the charts delicious.
Visiting Little Saigon:
In this episode Misha talks with Lê Hoàng Nguyên, visits the area of Little Saigon and discusses his experience of being an activist in the community. They connect on their shared experiences and how their values and similarities match up together. Along their visit they stroll through a beautiful temple and meet up with a Buddhist monk there. He surprisingly shows them into the temple and guides them through a meditation.
Meeting up with food writer, Mai Pham:
Mai Pham, a travel and food writer based in Houston, also connects with Misha. They tour the area and find traditional foods such as banh cuon, paper-thin rice rolls at Thien Thanh. Mai shares her unique family story of how they came to Houston during the fall of Saigon.
Trying Viet-Cajun Oysters:
Another restaurant Misha and team visit is Xin Chao, which is a new restaurant run by the winner of Master Chef, Christine Ha. She shares the story of her journey from a food lover to a internationally known chef. Here he tried many dishes, but the Viet-Cajun Oysters were at the top of his list.
Experiencing Viet-Cajun Crawfish:
Finally, Misha goes to Crawfish and Noodles with Chef Trang and learns, with some false starts, how to properly eat a crawfish to get the most out of each bite. The Viet-Cajun Crawfish at Crawfish and Noodles was an experience Misha and the crew are not likely to forget.