“I’m Hmong, my parents were born in Laos and my husband is Jewish Moroccan.”

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Gaoib remembers deep fried ice cream from her Dad’s Chinese restaurant

Gaoib’s cooking in River West! 🏡 Get to know her in this Q&A and get her “Middle Eastern Burrito” THURSDAY (3/21) from 4-7PM!

Q: Where did you grow up and what kind of food did you grow up with?

Gaoib: I’m Hmong, my parents were born in Laos and my husband is Jewish Moroccan – I’d say my everyday cooking is a mish mash, lol a little bit of everything.

Q: What can you tell us about the dish you’re making and what inspired it?

Gaoib: I call it M.E. Burrito (Middle Eastern Burrito).

Gaoib’s “Middle Eastern Burrito!” TOMORROW from 4-7PM.

It’s a home made laffa flat bread filled with hummus, yellow rice, shawarma chicken and onions, Israeli salad and cabbage salad. Other things I’m considering making in the future: chilli, Hmong eggrolls, Asian or Middle Eastern rice bowls.

Q: Who do you think about when you make this dish?

Gaoib: My parents and my in-laws. My food seems like a mash up of memories from the people who grew me, the places I’ve been, and the things I still want to try.

Gaoib’s “Middle Eastern Burrito!” Pre-wrapping.

Q: What’s your favorite food memory?

Gaoib: Deep fried ice cream from my Dad’s Chinese restaurant. I remember hanging out on a shelf watching the restaurant’s happenings and enjoying its crispy cool creamy deliciousness.

Q: Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?

Gaoib: You’ll be eating what my family eats 😜

Follow Gaoib to see what she makes next! And get her “Middle Eastern Burrito” THURSDAY (3/21) from 4-7PM!

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The Shmeal Team. 🐖💻

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