Yia Vang uses food to tell a story and believes that every dish has a narrative. Through sourcing what’s in season and combining local traditions with those from his homeland, Yia brings Hmong flavors to American palates and invites people to change how they think about food by considering the influences in each bite.
One of six siblings, Yia was born in a refugee camp on the border of Laos and Thailand where he lived until his family resettled in central Wisconsin. He currently resides in St. Paul, MN, which is home to the largest Hmong community in the United States. Just as the Hmong are a people without a country of their own, Yia is a chef without a restaurant. You can find Yia popping up at various locations throughout the Twin Cities under the name Union Kitchen, a business which he co-founded with his cousin Chris Her.
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