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A Malaysian Pop-Up, Subject of a New Film, Was Born of a Cross-Country Romance

Daniel Hautzinger

Mike Alesi and Jennifer Pou-Alesi got married just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world. They decided to start cooking the food of Pou-Alesi's home country of Malaysia, a story recounted in a new short film. 

Ethan Lim's Cambodian-Inspired Fine Dining Puts Guests at Ease and Summons Memories

Daniel Hautzinger

At his Chicago restaurant Hermosa, Ethan Lim offers Cambodian-inspired sandwiches during the day and a "Family Meal" multi-course private dining menu at night. He's the subject of a new American Masters profile. 

A Refugee Mother's Recipes Give Her Life and Inspire One of Chicago's Only Cambodian Restaurants

Daniel Hautzinger

Mona Sang opened Khmai Fine Dining, one of two Cambodian restaurants in Chicago, to share the recipes and culture of her mother, who fled the Khmer Rouge genocide and ended up in Chicago, where she supported herself and four children as a caterer. 

A Recipe for a Cambodian Dip Redolent of Childhood

Daniel Hautzinger

Prahok ktiss reminds the owner of one of Chicago's only Cambodian restaurants of childhood, when her mother would make it. Now it's one of her favorite dishes, and available at Khmai Fine Dining in Rogers Park. 
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