The Food of Laotian Buddhism in North Carolina on the new Gravy

When you’re 9,000 miles from home and unlikely to ever be able to fully return, how do you make your new place more familiar?

The answer the Phappayboun family came up with: you make green papaya salad and you build a temple. And you figure out how to creatively revise old traditions.

Princesses and Monks on Parade pulled by a truck at Pi Mai in Morganton, NC. Photo by Katy Clune.
Princesses and Monks on Parade pulled by a truck at Pi Mai in Morganton, NC. Photo by Katy Clune.

In the new episode of Gravy, Katy Clune introduces us to the Phappaybouns, and tells us how they made a home for both themselves and their faith in Morganton, North Carolina. There are so many beautiful sounds in this story, from temple chants to the musical Laotian language.

Listen here.

Offering bowls with U.S. and homemade Lao treats. Photo by Katy Clune.
Offering bowls with U.S. and homemade Lao treats. Photo by Katy Clune.