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Did you know….
Escaping the incoming Communist regime at the end of the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese fled to America in the mid-1970s, and quite a large number settled in Louisiana. Recent figures put the New Orleans Vietnamese population at 14,000, making our city host to the largest, most vibrant Vietnamese community in the state.
Why New Orleans of all places? For one, the sub-tropical climate and proximity to water appealed many Vietnamese immigrants. Also, many newcomers after the Vietman War were Catholic, and both New Orleans and national Catholic charities were spearheading efforts to help new residents find jobs and housing in the city.
Many Vietnamese settled in the newer, suburban parts of the city, particularly in New Orleans East but also in parts of Algiers, Avondale, and other places on the West Bank. As their local population grew, the Vietnamese community spread to other neighborhoods and began to revitalize these areas.(neworleansonline.com)
Lobster Roll, Gumbo, Fish Tacos
Something about seafood just gets me all riled up..
From cracking crab..
To sucking life out of a crawdad..
To sinking your teeth into some succulent plump shrimp…
Whatever your fancy, you haven’t had nothing yet until you try your seafood Cajun style.
When you think Cajun, the first thing that comes into your mind is New Orleans style; but did you know that Vietnamese Americans have cook Cajun New Orleans style as well…
Let’s talk about it..
Here in the Bay Area, Asian Style Cajun Seafood is becoming super popular.
30 minute lines are a constant and once you get in you can get your fill of all the crab, crawdads, lobster and shrimp you can eat!
Just like any Cajun food, you get the spicy, flavorful punch of New Orleans style sensation with delicious fresh seafood.
Really the only difference in culture per say, is that it is an Asian Restaurant.
“Hey Trev, are you being racist here.. Doesn’t everyone have the right to cook whatever type of food they want?!”
“Of course, they do my sensitive friend. Let me explain myself in a more softer tone.”
We’re all American here, but I’m just saying that traditionally you may find an African American or Caucasian to cook a New Orleans dish.
But now Vietnamese Americans are taking their Southern roots and breaking out their Cajun style dishes all over the United States.
Today, my son and I visited one of these new found restaurants called Crab and Cray to give it a try.
Let’s dive in..
So we arrived and immediately ordered the Clam Chowder, Gumbo, Lobster Roll and Fish Tacos.
When the orders arrived, both of our eyes watered with excitement!
Everything looked fresh and the aroma was of Cajun scented seafood extravaganza.
We decided to share so we could both taste everything.
Time to visualize and attack!
I dip my spoon in the gumbo and the first thing that pops up is huge shrimp winking at me.
She said “Come here big boy..Let me see what those teeth are made of..”
I slowly and gently relieve her of her head and then take a bite with the slurp of the dark river of Cajun gumbo juice in my sights.
All Kinds of Flavor instantly punch me in the face!!
Then the Clam Chowder..
These clams must have just been seconds ago…
So fresh. So tender. Such a great milky broth!
Come here Lobster Roll!!!
I bite down into this heavenly delightful thing..
Boooow Chicka Wow Wow!!
The spice from the Cajun seasoning, combined with the fresh succulent lobster, combined with the soft roll just made this dish a monument of satisfaction! True live action eating! Great job Crab & Cray!
If you have never tried Asian Cajun food then I suggest you find the nearest one around you fast. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!
Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
Vietnamese History in New Orleans Retrieved from http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/multicultural/multiculturalhistory/vietnamese.htmlx