The Southeast Asian food tour can be done in Massachusetts (2023)

Antoinette Antonio from The EyeOpener visits some delicious places that offer authentic food

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SOUTH EAST ASIAN CUISINE EXHIBITION. WE BEGAN OUR TOUR AT SIMPLY KAMI IN LOWELL, THE CITY WITH THE SECOND LARGEST CAMBODIA POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THE RESTAURANT RECENTLY FEATURED ON HULU'S TASTE OF THE NATION WITH PADMA LAKSHMI. THE EPISODE OF HOW IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR CUISINE FROM CAMBODIA IS A HUGE PART OF THE CITY'S IDENTITY. AS THIS IS MY FIRST TIME TRYING CAMBODIAN OR FOOD, I'M GETTING HELP FROM ARMANI FOOD BLOGGER TAO OF FORKING WITH ARMANI, A FIRST GENERATION CAMBODIA BORN AND RAISED IN FIRST GROWING DIAN FOOD. SO, THIS IS COMFORT FOOD FOR ME. THEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH FOOD. THE FOOD RANGES FROM VERY ACCESSIBLE PEOPLE LIKE THIS SPICY CHICKEN, MOSQUITO, LOK, LOK WITH RICE AND BROTH TO THE MOST TRADITIONAL FLAVORS. BUT WITH STEAK YOU WILL LOVE IT. I THINK THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I TRY IT. IT'S LIKE FERMENTED FISH SAUCE TO TASTE. FOR OUR NEXT STOP WE WILL CONQUER NORTH, LITERALLY AND FINANCIALLY, TO THE PEOPLE AND DRAKE. IT'S THE LANSING STAR RESTAURANT. DRY MEAT. YES. DRY MEAT. YES. SO THIS IS BEEF HERE. I HAVE TO GO. WE CAN'T EVEN HOLD IT. OH I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. YES. MEAT JERKY WAS POPULAR WITH THE PEOPLE. YES. THESE TAPIOCA STUFFED BALLS WERE A FIRST FOR ME AS WELL. OH IT'S SLIPPERY. YES. YES. mm. REMIND ME HOW TO SAY IT AGAIN. SAY YACHT. THIS OWNER EVERYONE CALL AUNT GAIL HELPING ME. AND KEEP THE FOOD FLOWING. YOU CAN HAVE IT WITHOUT OR WITH HIMBILIA. MOST TRADITIONAL RESTAURANTS IN LAOS SERVE PARROT SALAD WITH GLASSY RICE AND FRIED CHICKEN. OH MORE. THIS IS MY FAVORITE. YES I KNOW. THE FRIED WHOLE. WE TRIED BOTH RESTAURANTS. THE FOOD IS NOT AS SCARY AS SOME MAY THINK, BUT OUR FINAL STAND WON MY HEART AND STOMACH. FILIPINO CUISINE. THE MAN OF ADOBO REPUBLIC, THE NATIONAL DISH OF THE PHILIPPINES, OUR FAMOUS DISH. SAUCE. ADOBO IS NOT. IT IS DIFFERENT THAN A MEXICAN ADOBO. IT IS MORE HISPANIC. THE FOOD TRUCK WAS PARKED ON CRANBURY HIGHWAY WHERE HAM SERVES MANY OF THE DISHES. I REMEMBER OLD BELLY ADOBO LUMPIA BANH NOODLES AND ONE THAT COULD COME AS A FILIPINO SPAGHETTI SURPRISE. SO WE PUT SOME BEEF IN THERE AND THEN saute the hot dogs. THE FILIPINO HOT DOGS. THE REDS. HOTDOG? YES. HOT DOG ON IT. HOTDOG. YES. AND CHEDDAR. AND DON'T MISS THE CAKED CHURROS WITH UBE SAUCE. THIS IS A SWEET PURPLE YAM POPULAR IN FILIPINO DESSERTS. THERE'S NOT A LOT OF FILIPINO FOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS, SO IT'S HARD TO GUESS IF YOU'LL GET A GOOD RESPONSE. WHY DID YOU RISK OPENING A FOOD TRUCK? BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE VERY GOOD FOOD AND I THINK I'LL BE THE PERSON TO PUT IT HERE SO PEOPLE EXPERIENCE OUR TRADITION AND CULTURE THROUGH THE FOOD. AND THAT'S REALLY ABOUT IT. OPEN THE DOOR TO SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE NEVER TRIED BEFORE AND EXPERIENCE A NEW CULTURE, ESPECIALLY NOW DURING AAPI HERITAGE MONTH, ANTOINETTE ANTONIO WCVB NEWS CENTER FIVE. I LOVED THIS. WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPERIENCE ALL THIS. AND WHAT CAN I BE A BABY WITH YOU? THIS EAT I'M GOING TO CHASE THIS FOOD TRUCK. I HAVE THE RIGHT BECHI

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Food touring Southeast Asia doesn't require you to leave Massachusetts

Antoinette Antonio from The EyeOpener visits some delicious places that offer authentic food

May is Asia Pacific Islander Heritage Month and one of the best ways to share and appreciate a culture is through food. NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener anchor Antoinette Antonio took a taste tour of Southeast Asia without leaving Massachusetts. It started at Simply Khmer in Lowell, a city that is home to the second largest Cambodian population in the US. The restaurant was recently featured on Hulu's "Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi." The episode focused on how Cambodian immigrants and their cuisine are a big part of Lowell's identity. "The first language I learned was Khmer, so growing up eating Cambodian food is comfort food for me. That's when I fell in love with food," said Armani Thao. Thao runs a food blog called "Forking with Armani" and is a first generation Cambodian American, born and raised in Lowell. The food at Simply Khmer ranges from the very affordable, such as Spicy Minced Chicken, Loc Lac Beef with Rice and Lort Cha Noodles, to more traditional flavors such as Steak Prahok. Next stop is Laos, via Dracut, and the Lanxang Star Restaurant. "Jerky is our number one," said the owner, whom everyone calls Aunt Gail. He kept the food flowing, including the stuffed tapioca balls and papaya salad. "Papaya salad can be eaten without or with noodles," Thao said. "Most traditional Lao restaurants serve it with a side of sticky rice." Antoinette tried the whole fried fish at both restaurants and said it's not as scary to eat as some people think. The last stop is the love of Antoinette's heart and stomach: Filipino cuisine. Adobo Republic's namesake is the national dish of the Philippines. But the food truck parked on Cranberry Highway in Wareham serves several other traditional dishes, including Lumpia, Noodles Pancit and Filipino Spaghetti. And don't miss the churros with ube sauce, which is a sweet purple yam popular in Filipino desserts. Every place we visited encouraged everyone to open the door and try something new, especially during AAPI month.

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May is Asia Pacific Islander Heritage Month and one of the best ways to share and appreciate a culture is through food.

NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener anchor Antoinette Antonio took a taste tour of Southeast Asia without leaving Massachusetts.

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started insideOnly Khmer in Lowell, a city that is home to the second largest Cambodian population in the US. The restaurant was recently featured on Hulu's "Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi." The episode focused on how Cambodian immigrants and their cuisine are a big part of Lowell's identity.

"The first language I learned was Khmer, so growing up eating Cambodian food is comfort food for me. That's when I fell in love with food," said Armani Thao.

Thao runs a food blog called "Forking with Armani" and is a first generation Cambodian American, born and raised in Lowell.

The food at Simply Khmer ranges from the very affordable, such as Spicy Minced Chicken, Loc Lac Beef with Rice and Lort Cha Noodles, to more traditional flavors such as Steak Prahok.

Next stop is Laos—via Dracut—andLanxang Star Restaurant.

"Jerky is our number one," said the owner, whom everyone calls Aunt Gail. He kept the food flowing, including the stuffed tapioca balls and papaya salad.

"Papaya salad can be eaten without or with noodles," Thao said. "Most traditional Lao restaurants serve it with a side of sticky rice."

Antoinette tried whole fried fish at both restaurants and said eating it isn't as scary as some people think.

The final stop is one dear to Antoinette's heart and stomach: Filipino cuisine. Adobo Republic's namesake is the national dish of the Philippines.

But,the food truck parked on Cranberry Highway in WarehamIt serves many other traditional dishes such as Lumpia, Pancit noodles and Filipino Spaghetti. And don't miss the churros with ube sauce, which is a sweet purple yam popular in Filipino desserts.

Every place we visited encouraged everyone to open the door and try something new, especially during AAPI month.

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