Lao Foodie: Behind the Business – Kasoy

Jenny

Owners of Kasoy & Co

jenny

“Khao Soi is commonly enjoyed in the Luang Prabang provinces. The spelling is different to also pay homage to our Mien roots. This dish may have originated in Laos, but was adapted by Mien who’ve migrated to Laos and have been a main staple in their cuisines.”

What's the name of your business and how did you come up with it?

Kasoy & Co., LLC The name pays homage to a dish well known in the northern regions of Laos. Khao Soi is commonly enjoyed in the Luang Prabang provinces. The spelling is different to also pay homage to our Mien roots. This dish may have originated in Laos, but was adapted by Mien who’ve migrated to Laos and have been a main staple in their cuisines. Kasoy to Mien is what Pho is to Vietnamese. You’ll find variations of Kasoy along with a variety of Lao & Mien seasonal dishes that we enjoy in our own home during harvesting season. In addition to the food cart restaurant, we also lease several plots of land to grow vegetables unique to our Lao/Mien culture. You’ll see unique items such as; Dragon tongue beans, Bamboo, and other garden fresh items as they become available.

What are your inspirations for being in the food industry?

My mom is my inspiration. I want to do more than just bring our cuisine to the public. I also aspire to teach our younger generations to learn how to cook it, so the many delicious dishes won’t be lost.

What were some of your challenges being a Lao business?

I spent the first 6-7 months educating customers on what Lao food is and what the difference is with Thai. Getting them to be adventurous.

What advice would you give to someone based on your experience?

It’s not easy. Nothing that is worth it will be easy.

What's your favorite Lao dish?

So many to choose from! Mok Paa, Gang Nor Mai, KhaoPoon, I could go on for days!

You can find Kasoy & Co listing on here at https://eatlao.com/directory/kasoy-co/

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