Sam Ouch, Mora Som, and Asia Nonog, SEA Bowl South East Asian Restaurant. Elk Grove, Sacramento.
Cooking has always been a passion in my family passed down from my mother’s Cambodian recipes, passed down from generation to generation, as it brings good food, good times, and value to the unity to our family in both good and tough times. What inspired me to start our restaurants was the passing of my younger brother who’s life was taken unexpectedly. We sold food in the community to raise funds to pay for his funeral expense. We did so well and we found a huge support from our community, I felt this was something I could do with pride and continue this level of generosity. The pandemic crippled our business reducing our revenue by nearly 80 percent. We lost nearly 60 percent of our workforce which was extremely heartbreaking.