Can you introduce yourself and aSIANA Foods to the community?
My name is Sam Aun, I was born and raised in Cambodia. I attended business college and after I graduated, I had the opportunity to work for various nonprofit organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia. Not too long ago, in 2010, I moved to the United States. In my first job in the U.S., I worked for a family-owned business, Happy Lucky’s Tea House located in Old Town Fort Collins for six years. After that, I worked at Whole Foods in the food preparation department, where I met my business partner, Jennifer Miller, who is Thai-born. Jennifer is very talented with food and the desire to own a business has always been in my blood, so we decided to open a restaurant together. On October 30th, 2018, aSIANA Foods was born.
Your menu uniquely features dishes from various Asian cuisine – why did you choose to do that?
Our dream is to serve Fort Collins with our food knowledge. We want people to taste a variety of unique, fresh, healthy foods. We came up with our menu to include all types of Asian dishes, and not just one region. We want people to walk into our restaurant and feel like they have a tour of Asia. They can try the best Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Singaporean, and Mongolian cuisine all in one restaurant.
What’s your favorite item on the menu?
Our proud dishes at aSIANA FOODS are the Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen, Thai Tom Kha Ramen, Cambodian Noodles, and the Hawaiian Poke Bowl.
What are some ways you’d like to see the community support Asian American-owned businesses?
We are proud Asian American business owners. Fort Collins is now our home, we feel welcomed and supported here. The community loves our food and we hope they continue to do so. You can support us by coming in to see us. You can order our food in-store or online. We’ll continue to serve Fort Collins fresh and healthy food.