Since opening the restaurant in Oakland, Calif., in February, Nite Yun has followed Khmer cooking traditions that war and genocide nearly wiped out.
The chef and owner of Nyum Bai in Oakland, Calif., a restaurant that has attracted national attention, was just 2 when her parents, Cambodians who had fled the Khmer Rouge in the previous decade, scooped up her and her older brother and headed to America, sponsored by a family affiliated with a church group. They eventually settled in Stockton, drawn there because a family friend said the hot weather and farmland would remind them of Cambodia.
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