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Introducing Vietnamese-Cajun Crawfish in New Orleans

Blending Cajun and Vietnamese cuisine, this NOLA chef adds her unique twist to crawfish.

Cousins hope to spread this tasty trend around the world

Chef Nhu Nguyen and her cousin, Thien Nguyen helped bring Vietnamese-Cajun food to the New Orleans area. They opened Big EZ Seafood in Gretna, Louisiana together in 2015 — but Viet-style Cajun food wasn’t widely known or accepted. The cousins grew up together in Northern California before moving to the Big Easy. With a menu of Louisiana favorites like fried seafood po-boys, crawfish pies and gumbo. But one item sometimes drew intense skepticism: The Vietnamese- or Viet-Cajun-style crawfish. These crawfish are boiled in the traditional South Louisiana way, then drained and tossed in custom-made sauces.

“My name is Nhu Nguyen. I love to cook. I'm a mom of two. And I like to try new things. We’re pretty much the crawfish capital in the world. In New Orleans, I mean just in the state of Louisiana, I mean during crawfish season — I mean every week it's a question. I mean a crawfish festival. So, you get everyone together, and then appreciate your love for food, for love for crawfish. No sauce left behind,” Nhu Nguyen, Co-owner, Big EZ Seafood tells Brut. “We use extremely — extreme a lot of garlic. When I say we like to buy our garlic fresh. We grind it ourselves. It's just a part of our culture. We cook with extreme a lot of garlic. We can't even call it a dish that we don't as Vietnamese culture that does not use garlic and spice. Everything has to have some of the kick or else you'll be out of business. So, you know a rule of thumb is we don't adjust to anybody's level of spice — you just got to adjust to ours,” Thien Nguyen, Co-owner, Big EZ Seafood tells Brut in a joint interview.

Nhu has been teaching herself how to cook since she was 10 years old — as the only girl in her household. Crawfish are not indigenous to Vietnam, Thien said, though the practice came from Vietnamese Americans and the cousins hope to spread this tasty trend around the world.

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10/28/2019 10:19 AM
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206 comments

  • Bonanza B.
    01/31/2020 00:51

    Yummy look so good!!

  • Andrew S.
    01/29/2020 15:10

    shouldve went here

  • Taylur L.
    01/28/2020 00:04

    I need

  • Katie S.
    01/27/2020 16:08

    This is why we need to go to new Orleans 😯

  • Rex B.
    01/24/2020 03:21

    Mais what?

  • Jody M.
    01/23/2020 14:15

    Houston, Tx did it first !!!!!!

  • Brayden T.
    01/19/2020 08:07

    tbis is what I was talking about

  • Sonata A.
    01/17/2020 03:35

    Bx I’m broke hell 😂😂😂

  • Saxoney T.
    01/17/2020 00:11

    let’s try it!

  • Nautica N.
    01/16/2020 01:10

    👀🙏🏽

  • Todd B.
    01/13/2020 19:37

    ,

  • Nardy W.
    01/11/2020 23:57

    Bruh new orleans cooking is for tourism only, good cooking comes from the country part of louisiana, nola just good at alcohol 😂😂😂 yall come to vacherie for some good food

  • William P.
    01/11/2020 16:06

    Where is the location

  • Kathleen M.
    01/11/2020 08:28

    Yummy

  • Kristin M.
    01/09/2020 18:34

    I usually don't like people trying to tamper with how Louisiana cooks. But Vietnamese Cajun actually sounds like a really, really good combination lol.

  • Rhonda W.
    01/09/2020 02:19

    Love crawfish

  • Cinnamon B.
    01/09/2020 00:51

    Ewww🤔🤔

  • Cinnamon B.
    01/09/2020 00:48

    lets go bro

  • Alexandre G.
    01/08/2020 15:48

    I want

  • Amelia T.
    01/07/2020 23:44

    !!!