We first met Yia Vang back in 2018. At the time, the St. Paul, MN, chef was garnering wide attention and acclaim for Union Kitchen, a pop-up restaurant specializing in his native Hmong cuisine. Yia’s back to tell us all about his dream to build Vinai, a brick-and-mortar restaurant that will serve as the permanent home for his family-inspired Hmong cooking. We also dive deep into our archives to our early days in 2009 and revisit an in-studio performance from Brooklyn band, Tijuana.

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