"I didn’t save anything for the swim back."
Loved this irreverent conversation between Chang and Choe, both wildly successful Davids. And both Korean. Choe, a talented mult-millionaire artist and Chang, celebrity chef and owner of the momofuku empire.
They discuss success and failure. Chang talks about his depression and rage, which ultimately led to the genesis of his famous New York City restaurant momofuku. Or as Choe summarizes, “how rage turned into pork buns”.
Choe and Chang delve into their personal love lives as well. Choe is disparaged that Chang hasn’t left Korean women in the dust quite yet.
They also discuss how they attained success, both attributing their own to a mix of risk and luck, and not being afraid of taking chances and or failure. Choe pleads with young, aspiring artists: “don’t be a pussy!”
The Davids also revel in their newfound rockstar status and discuss how thankful they are that their craft, whether art or food, are both mediums that remain untainted by the current world of internet thievery.
The conversation is lengthy at three hours, but well-worth the time and closes with the always entertaining “Bobby Trivia!”.
Only a couple of weeks ago until I get my greedy fingers on some Nashville’s finest Prince’s Hot Chicken!
Can’t wait until I get my chance to visit this Southern institution with a cup of sweet tea.
The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
Funny how this Japanese invention has been a mainstay in my life, from early childhood to even now.
Even when I have some of the best restaurant food in the States, there is little that can top the pure euphoria of ripping into a package of Nong Shim instant noodles and putting my own spin on it with a pour of frozen peas and a boiled egg. It’s weird, but it’s comfort food for me and has been since sixth grade.
My best memories have somehow been intertwined with noodles of all varieties for reason—pots of instant ramen prepared by my mom when she didn’t have time to cook after bringing us back from Saturday Chinese school, plastic containers of hot Taiwanese beef noodle soup that my grandpa would carry back to me at his bungalow in Taipei, and even now, the bowls of ramen that my fiance and I shared at NYC’s Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen.
To learn that instant ramen is sustaining populations of poor people and the undernourished is disturbing, but it’s a reminder that we must continue to push for food policies that empowers people with enough choice to be able to look beyond a packet of ramen.
These are the covers of Lucky Peach 8: The Gender Issue.
Betwixt these two covers we fumble with issues of gender like unsure 8th graders cautiously groping each other in the sparkle of a disco ball as a slow jam plays at the school dance. Ben Shewry talks about being a dad. Alice Waters talks about being a chef. Bourdain drops some lovely fiction. A lady named Poochie uses a lot of strong language. Sequential hermaphroditism is discussed.
Stay cool & remember to use sunscreen.
bacon cheeseburger on steriods from raleigh’s bad daddy’s burger bar