Nite Yun was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, where her parents fled from the Khmer Rouge. Now, Nyum Bai, Yun's cheerful restaurant in Oakland's Fruitvale district, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. We talk to Nite Yun about her sudden fame and how researching her family's story led to a love of Cambodian food and a desire to share its flavors with the world. She joins us as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters that make the Bay Area unique.
First Person: Nite Yun and Her Mission to Popularize Cambodian Food
Nyum Bai was named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. (Photo: Naoto Sato/Flickr)
Nite Yun, chef and owner, Nyum Bai