Flavors Unveiled: The Culinary Tale of Hmong-French Immigrants at Paris 13

A quaint stand from the picturesque French farmers market has now found its new abode at Ghostline Kitchens, all set to tantalize taste buds with a scrumptious brunch experience delivered straight to your doorstep. Say bonjour to Paris 13, the culinary gem that will grace 3400 Comsouth Drive, nestled in the vibrant McKinney neighborhood, starting this month, precisely on Tuesday, August 15.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the flavors of France as Paris 13 boasts an exquisite selection of traditional French dishes. From the classic Quiche Lorraine to the delectable Quiche with mushrooms, your palate is in for an unforgettable journey. But the surprises don’t end there! The talented chefs behind Paris 13 have skillfully infused a touch of Creole magic into their samosas, offering variations like the delectable beef-filled delight and the savory potato-stuffed masterpiece. And let’s not forget the divine Madeleines and heavenly Crepes that will transport you straight to the heart of Parisian indulgence.

The inception of Paris 13 can be traced back to the creative minds of Phay Ly and her daughter Maly Ly, who hail from the fusion of French and Hmong heritage. Phay’s culinary journey began as a Vietnam War refugee, ultimately flourishing in France where she honed her skills as a master chef and restaurant manager. Maly, carrying the torch of her family’s culinary legacy, ventured to the United States and enrolled at St. Edward’s University, where the seeds of Paris 13 were sown. What started as a humble catering company evolved into a remarkable culinary experience, bringing her parents, Phay and her partner, onboard after the unfortunate closure of their food truck in Arkansas, a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exploring into the origins of the name “Paris 13,” Maly reveals its symbolic significance, paying homage to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, an enclave known for its diverse Asian community. A gentle reminder that the vibrant tapestry of French culture embraces diversity in all its hues, shapes, and sizes. The ultimate goal of Paris 13 is to challenge preconceived notions and shatter expectations of what America assumes from French cuisine and culture, presenting a delightful and novel experience to every discerning palate.

Indulgence knows no time constraints, as Paris 13 opens its doors from Tuesday through Friday, welcoming early birds from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The convenience of delivery is just a tap away, with DoorDash, Uber Eats, Foodee, and Grubhub at your service. Alternatively, you can embrace a more personalized touch by placing a pickup order through Paris 13’s website.

So, whether you seek a gastronomic escape or a cultural revelation, Paris 13 is ready to whisk you away on a journey where tradition and innovation dance harmoniously on your taste buds. Embrace the enigmatic allure of French cuisine, reinvented for the discerning food connoisseurs of today.

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