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Mismatch podcast: Someone’s in the Kitchen with Thai Food

Mismatch is a podcast that tells stories about the things in life that just don’t fit. Square pegs in round holes of media, culture and history.

If you follow Detroit’s burgeoning food scene, you’re likely aware of the a thai fusion restaurant in Corktown, formerly known as Katoi. What you might not know is that the name of the restaurant is based on a thai word with a complicated past.

On this episode of Mismatch, we ask what happens when restaurateurs claim a word that’s not theirs, and proceed to build a beloved brand out of it. The story of Katoi is a deliciously complicated tale of food, language, race and identity.

Mismatch is a production of Graham Media Group with WDIV-Local 4 in Detroit. It’s written and narrated by Roger Weber, who spent nearly 4 decades as a WDIV reporter and produced by Zak Rosen. You can find us at Mismatchpodcast.com and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you've been enjoying the show, please let your friends know. consider leaving us a review on apple podcasts. Thanks!

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