On today’s episode, Cathy is joined in-studio by Diana Zheng, author of the cookbook Jia!: The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora. This region of Southern China, commonly called Teoswa, is home to a delicious and distinct cuisine, yet not many have heard of it outside of China. Diana shares her revelations in learning about the food of her heritage, and how the culture has spread to parts of Southeast Asia. Distinct traces of Teoswa cuisine can be found in Vietnamese, Singaporean and Thai dishes today, and even restaurants of those cuisines in the US. Hear Diana share some signature dishes from the region, and how a focus on fresh seafood and clean flavors guides its philosophy.

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