New TPT series highlights local chefs’ cultural cuisines

Hmong-style steam buns. Heirloom maize tortillas. Somali-style Basil Holy Herb.

A new Twin Cities PBS series that can be streamed online is bringing you inside the homes of local chefs and their families to highlight their cultural cuisines.

Relish by TPT Originals launched last week and will feature six episodes, with a new one released every Wednesday through Dec. 11

The chefs pick an ingredient or dish near and dear to their hearts and their culture, take us through making a dish and even share the recipe. Union Kitchen Chef Yia Vang hosts and interviews the chefs in each episode.

Here’s the line up:

  • Nov. 6: Host/chef Yia Vang and mom Pang Vang hang out as Pang walks us through the history and how-to of her famous Hmong-style steam buns.
  • Nov. 13: Chef Jose Alarcon of Popol Vuh and Centro highlights heirloom maize from his native Mexico to make tortillas and tetelas.
  • Nov. 20: Chef Ann Ahmed of Lat14 and Lemongrass Thai talks about the significance of sticky rice in Laotian culture and how to make it.
  • Nov. 27: Chef Brian Yazzie cooks the traditional Native dish called Three Sisters in which he highlights indigenous corn, squash and beans.
  • Dec 4: Chef Lachelle Cunningham puts a spin on a soul food favorite with black-eyed pea flour and vegan substitutes in her Black-Eyed Pea Banana Pudding.
  • Dec. 11: Chef Jamal Hashi takes us through how he toasts whole spices to make Somali-style masala, which he then uses in the Basil Holy Herb recipe he shares.

The episodes can be accessed through

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