As she toured the world, Vietnamese pop star Lynda Trang Dai sought Vietnamese food in cities she visited. "In any city I would go to, I would just check in at the hotel, throw all my luggage down, and go find a Vietnamese restaurant." Five years ago, she opened Lynda Sandwich in Orange County, California.

Funding for the series California Foodways comes, in part, from California Humanities. This story was originally produced for KCRW’s Independent Producer Project.

Lisa Morehouse

Lisa Morehouse is an independent radio reporter and producer. She produces California Foodways. Her stories air on The California Report, The World, Good Food, and NPR’s Latino USA and Weekend Edition.