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— by Jennifer Lynn: This time of year, many Asian countries mark the start of the rice-growing season with Ploughing Festivals.

They include prosperity rituals, thought to help bring about an abundant crop of what’s at the heart of most Asian cuisine.

Philadelphia executive chef Chatayee Venus Kapugthong grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, where in the spring she and her family prayed for protection of the crops. She now shares rice-based dishes and other Thai delicacies of her childhood at her namesake restaurant at 12th and Walnut streets. It’s called Chatayee Thai. WHYY’s Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn met up with her there to talk about the food she loves…

Image: Chatayee Venus Kapugthong at her restaurant Chatayee Thai in Center City, courtesy of WHYY/Kimberly Paynter

May 24, 2019