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The Migrant Kitchen

Barkada

Around Los Angeles, you can find home-made longganisa sausages sitting on a bed of garlicky heirloom rice, or special Filipino-Hawaiian hybrid donuts lacquered in coconut-milk caramel. These kinds of dishes are part of a larger Filipino food movement that has exploded in popularity over the last year due to the entrance of a new generation of young and talented chefs who are telling unique stories of their heritage through their food.

They’re the first- and second-generation immigrants who have one foot in their Filipino culture and the other on American soil. These chefs are also armed with culinary degrees, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and experience working in the most lauded restaurants around the world. And they’re coming up during a time when L.A.’s culinary landscape is changing, and diners are now more open to discovering different foods from other cultures.

In this episode, Chef Charles Olalia’s story is one of the pursuit of the American dream. Emigrating from the Philippines, Olalia climbed his way up the ladder, cooking for gastronomic destinations from the likes of French Laundry to Patina. But then he left the fine-dining world and moved on to pay homage to Filipino comfort food by opening RiceBar, a tiny 275-square-foot restaurant in Downtown L.A. that Bon Appetit recently named as one of best new restaurants in the country.

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Two extraordinary women of Palestinian descent, Reem Assil and Lamees Dahbour, use food to bring their misunderstood homeland closer to Western tolerance and acceptance.
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Mister Jiu's Chinatown

With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood, the face of the country’s oldest Chinatown is changing while a younger generation holds on to the traditions and flavors of the past.
Pozole broth being poured tableside at restaurant El Jardin. | Still from "The Migrant Kitchen"
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El Jardín

Inspired by the traditions of generations of Mexican women and combining regional heirloom ingredients from across Mexico, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins takes a huge risk to elevate the cuisine in her hometown.
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Sequoia Sake

Rooted in the traditions of Japanese sake brewing, Sequoia Sake works to resurrect an heirloom rice in California and pioneer the young but growing craft sake movement in the U.S.
Pastrami sandwich at Wexler's | Courtesy of Antonio Diaz MKs3
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The Jewish Deli

The Jewish Delis of Los Angeles serve an important role for connecting heritage to food. Discover the delis that make up the fabric of Los Angeles life.
Cassia's pot au feu | Courtesy of Life & Thyme
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26:40
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Beyond Pho

Cassia in Santa Monica, Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Red Boat Fish Sauce, and Minh Phan of Porridge & Puffs are hoping to demonstrate that there’s so much more to Vietnamese culture than banh mi, spring rolls and pho.
A dish from Wolfgang Puck using fresh fish from Seiichi | Courtesy of Life & Thyme
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The Migrant Kitchen

Omotenashi

Echo Park's Tsubaki, Sonoko Sakai, Wild Live Seafood's Seiichi Yokota and Spago Beverly Hills aims to introduce Angelenos to the unique spirit of Japanese hospitality and the culture's deep culinary customs.
Chicken Tikka Poutine | Courtesy of Life & Thyme
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Badmaash

Like carefully selected spices to a classic Indian dish, The Mahendro family contributes something special and significant to their restaurant Badmaash and to the city of L.A.
 Beet Pibil with Yellow Beet, Achiote, Pickled Onion and Bitter Greens. A dish from Ray Garcia's Broken Spanish | Courtesy of Life & Thyme
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26:40
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Alta California

A collective of culturally connected, distinguished chefs (including Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos, Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, as well as Jorge Gaviria of Masienda) push forward the “Alta California” Mexican food movement.
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