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How New Orleans Birthed a Vietnamese Po 'Boy Movement | Food Grails

Welcome to Food Grails, First We Feast’s traveling food and culture series hosted by Miss Info. As a music journalist, she’s traveled the world and seen the power of artists who rep for their hometown sound. Now, she wants to discover how foods define a city’s flavor—from D.C.’s mumbo sauce to NYC’s beef patties. These are America’s food grails.

For episode 4, we head to New Orleans. Forty years ago, Vietnamese migration to NOLA introduced bánh mì to po’ boy country. Now, the lines between two iconic sandwiches are blurring. To find out what happens when you mash up the Mississippi Delta and the Mekong Delta, we spoke to New Orleans legend Curren$y, Times-Picayune writer Brett Anderson, and Banh Mi Boys chef Peter Nguyen.

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