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“In Vietnamese food, the most important thing we have is fish sauce. But it does not smell very good! So when you use fish sauce in Vietnam, you might use 100 ml but in Taiwan you can only put 50. And after the 50, you have to add soy sauce as well.”


Home cooked meals, family recipes, and familiar ingredients can provide comfort in an unfamiliar place. Cooking is a way people stay connected to their culture while providing opportunities to meld new influences and flavors together.


Food plays a crucial role in how many migrants feel connected to their culture in a new place, and so specialty markets naturally become community centers. These markets often stock ingredients that would otherwise be difficult to find in host countries and provide services for sending money and gifts to Southeast Asia.

Interested in exploring local Southeast Asian restaurants? Use the Storymap below to find restaurants in the Providence area