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Coming to America, a modern retelling: Simone Tong

(Published on The Guardian 3/22/2018) The immigration journey of Simone Tong, owner of Little Tong Noodle Shop

The immigration journey of Simone Tong, owner of Little Tong Noodle Shop

Simone Tong’s immigration story from Chinese origins wasn’t full of hardship. But it was full of grueling 16-hour days learning to be a chef in New York City. She’d traveled and lived in some of Asia’s biggest cities, but it was New York that struck her as home.

She decided not only to stay and build her own restaurant, but to create something with the essence of her homeland to share with her new home: a rice noodle shop named after her family – which shares a name with China’s revered Tang dynasty.


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