Philly's Finest Foodie: Meet Seri Chao
You might recognize Seri from one of our first Snack + Chats on our IGTV... if you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out here (full of good conversation, laughter, and some casual body rolling).
We're excited to formally introduce him here on the website! We love how Seri honors his culture and community through cooking and food, and are so grateful to call him a dear friend.
A little about Seri
"My name is Seri and I was born in Khao-I-Dang Refugee camp. My family left Cambodia with only the clothes on their backs and hope for a better future. We settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which I’ve called home for some 30 years now. Although not the largest, we do have a modest Cambodian population scattered in pockets throughout the city. Growing up, I was considered the favorite by my parents (don’t worry, my siblings know) because I ate everything and finished my meals.
Cambodian cuisine is my ultimate comfort food. Forget chicken soup, I want babaw (rice porridge) with intestines and pork blood! As my mom is getting older, I asked her to share her recipes with me so that I can continue to cook the food that makes me happy. Food is such an important part of one’s culture and keeping the recipes alive for future generations has become a passion of mine."
Learn how to make his Lemongrass Beef Sticks and why they hold a special place in his heart here.
Thank you so much Seri for sharing his story with us! Tuk Tuk Box is proud to exclusively feature Southeast Asian ingredients and include refugee, migrant, and generational stories in every box.
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