The new Little Saigon
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The new Little Saigon

The new Little Saigon

Customers place orders at Tebo Tea Lounge in Little Saigon, which remains a culinary hot spot but is undergoing a transformation as traditional cuisine blends with modern interpretations.

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The new Little Saigon

Kenny Tran, who spent years studying and perfecting his grilling techniques, has launched The Smoking Ribs, the first barbecue restaurant in Little Saigon.

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The new Little Saigon

Lizeth Arias of Riverside gives a facial deluxe to her sister Sarahit Morales at Advance Beauty College in Little Saigon. The school is drawing clients from the area, as well as women from India, Cambodia, Mexico and El Salvador.

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The new Little Saigon

A woman rides a bike wearing a “non la,” a traditional Vietnamese hat, at Banh Mi Che Cali Bakery in Little Saigon.

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The new Little Saigon

Part of the evolution of Little Saigon can be seen in storefront signs as cafes, restaurants and vendors create catchy names. One example is Baos Hog, a haven for pork buns and treats stuffed with all sorts of treats.

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The new Little Saigon

Sarah Chapman, a student from Brea, takes notes from an overhead image written in English and Vietnamese at Advance Beauty College in Little Saigon.

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The new Little Saigon

Kenny Tran says he launched The Smoking Ribs to show diners “the difference between good grilled meat and great grilled meat.”

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