Today, Houston has opened its doors to more refugees than any other city in America—first-generation Southerners who will join other immigrants in shaping the future (and food) of their new home as those before them have. The success story of Vietnamese-Cajun crawfish certainly speaks to that future.
WATCH: Bong Appétit: Cannabis Condensed Milk
At Trong Nguyen’s Crawfish & Noodle, the mudbugs come cooked in fancy French butter and freshly-chopped garlic, while Cajun Kitchen offers a Thai basil version alongside the standards. And as Mai Pham points out, some of the best grub at these restaurants go beyond crawfish: Houston’s LA Crawfish franchise throws crawfish right into the pho, while another local favorite, Wild Cajun, ups the ante with crawfish eggrolls and a super-traditional cua rang me, or tamarind crab.