This week a handful of restaurants around Boise are participating in “refugee restaurant week”. The event hosts guest chefs from other countries in the restaurant to share their favorite food from their country of origin.
At Petite 4, a chic French-inspired spot located just outside of downtown, a former Nepalese refugee turned American citizen, Ratna Subba spent the day preparing his favorite dish…momos. For those of you who have never had a momo, they are meat-filled dumplings that can be fried or steamed.
Ratna came to America five years ago, and as of last week became a U.S citizen. Ratna shared with 6 On Your Side that in Nepal he was a chef and because he loves to cook and share his food with others works part-time in the food business. While growing accustomed to the American way, Ratna also holds on to his roots, “yeah we never forget our cultures, we never forget our customs, but I love the American culture too”.
“Refugee restaurant week” ends Saturday. For more information on participating restaurants and a peek at the cuisine, click here.