Chef Phet Schwader's mother, Soubhan Whitson, demonstrates a traditional Laotian New Year blessing. Chef Phet Schwader's mother, Soubhan Whitson, demonstrates a traditional Laotian New Year blessing.
[BLANK_AUDIO] Hi, my name is Soulayphet Schwader. This is my mom Soubanh Whitson, the chef owner at Khe-Yo restaurant in New York City. We're here at the Food & Wine test kitchen talking about the loud new year that we're doing at the restaurant. If you come and you order the loud tasting menu My mom will bless you at the table. Last year was a great success and it was a way for people to come and get traditional Laos ocean food, but to also get connected with the restaurant. And the blessing ceremony is done with a [FOREIGN], which is a centerpiece. For the blessing. Bad thing, bad thing, bad thing go out. And good, and good, and good three times, go in. And this blessing string is a really good string. She's one of the elders in the witch doc community so she has a A really good connection with the Buddhist temple in Kansas and she gets these blessing strings from the monks in Kansas. You have good luck, good life and good health for the rest of your life too. And the string will blessing him [UNKNOWN] I thank you.