Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Our mission is to share the stories of immigrant chefs in our community, and to use food as a way to understand the world from other perspectives than our own. We hope you’ll join us on our quest across Kansas City to open our minds and fill our bellies.
Fannie's African Cuisine + Bonus Q&A
It wasn’t always Fannie’s dream to open a restaurant, but with a little encouragement from her friends and after gaining over 35,000 followers on Instagram by posting photos of her creations, she found the confidence boost she needed to take the leap. Fannie Gibson and her husband Kelechi Eme are cooking West African dishes that will transport you to their home countries of Liberia and Nigeria. You’ll feel like family, so come stay awhile.
Chrissy Nucum is the chef and owner of KC Pinoy, a Filipino restaurant in the West Bottoms. While Filipinos are the second largest Asian American group in the United States, it’s actually a bit of a challenge to find a traditional Filipino restaurant in many cities. So Chrissy has kept her menu true to her family’s recipes, educating folks on what Filipino food is all about—and even if you think you know something about Filipino food, you might find a few surprises on the KC Pinoy menu.
In this episode, we sat down with Pam Liberda and Darrell Loo at Waldo Thai. Pam is cooking up traditional Northern Thai eats in a funky little strip mall location. And Darrell, who you’ll find behind the bar, is slinging signature cocktails featuring ingredients inspired by Pam’s dishes. Both Pam and Darrell gave up their steady career paths to bring Kansas City a unique perspective on Thai food, so get ready to open your mind, fill your belly—and pack some Tums, because Pam’s bringing the heat.
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