Monday, March 20, 2017

A touch of the Himalayas comes to Winooski, VT

Winooski near U. Vermont
Not a lot of restaurateurs hail from the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan. Leave it to eclectic Vermont to break that mold.

Case in point, Man Gurung. He has opened Manuna Asian Kitchen in Winooski after a strenuous journey as a refugee from his homeland.

According to the publication Seven Days, "less than two years after replacing Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli the Spice Traders' Kitchen closed in February. ...  After weeks of concerned local chatter, Namuna Asian Kitchen began serving noodles, dumplings, curries and pan-Asian finger snacks in the space last weekend."

Gurung fled his native Bhutan in the 1990s, according to the publication, "part of a wave of refugees who departed that country when the government began expelling people of Nepali descent after its 1988 census. Gurung lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for almost two decades before immigrating to Vermont six years ago. While Gurung has worked as a baker and prep cook in the past, Namuna is his first restaurant."

Gurung's wife worked in the storefront years ag, when it was Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli. His offerings are pan-Asian, including Vietnamese, Nepali, Bhutanese, Indian and other dishes.

Manuna Asian Kitchen is located at 212 Main Street in Winooski. Phone: (802) 654-8000.
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