Lakhana In of Sekong By Night
Hometown: Phnom Penh
Cambodian vs. other Asian: It's in between Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese because we are neighbors. Thai is spicy. Spice - you can add later - it's not directly in Cambodian food.
Favorite food: Fried crickets. Unfortunately, it's not on the menu. I have to go to Cambodia for that. It's the one thing that hasn't really changed since I left the country in 1975.
After the jump: tips for good local Vietnamese and Chinese food.
|The coffee bar at Sekong|
Maui: I don't have a lot of experience in the kitchen, but I was helping my sister in Hawaii with a coffee shop. I've been back and forth for 16 years.
Lookin' good: I just want food to be good, but not only good tasting, but good looking too.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that: It was just me who taught myself how to cook. When I was growing up, I wasn't around my mom. Being around different types of people - getting a little bit from here and there and putting it altogether.
People pleaser: I really enjoy cooking. It's kind of like putting yourself in and trying something. I'm really excited when I see people who love the food and we get good feedback about how good the food is. It makes you want to do more.
Takeout tips: I never eat out a lot, but Saigon Pho for Vietnamese and Diamond's for Chinese - the food is good, but after you eat, you feel like 'ugh' - it's a lot of grease. Between the two, I prefer Diamond. We went there once every three months, not a lot.
Can't take the heat: I don't like spicy. There's no more taste after you eat it. Maybe it's just me - I just can't take it. We have chili sauce and ground chili if you want it.
A mother's love: I want success for him (Yutheana). I'll retire after this. I just want to live simple.
|Lukhana and Yutheana In|