Friday Favorites Remixed: Food to Follow
Friday, July 3, 2020
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Discover your newest binge and get to know our staff a little better with the Asia Society Texas Center team's favorite ways to stay entertained indoors! In each post we’ll share with you our picks for what to read, watch, listen to, and more.
Our Friday Favorites: Remixed series looks back at the dozens of suggestions our staff have made over the last few months, collecting them by theme and adding a couple new suggestions to help you find exactly what you most want to nerd out to!
This week's remix highlights the chefs and cooks we love to follow online — those whom we seek out for recipes, quick tips, and inspiration in the kitchen.
YouTube Channel: Jun's Kitchen
Recommended by Janine Mae Arostique, Development Manager
"I love Jun's Kitchen. It's a YouTube channel that focuses primarily on traditional Japanese food. Although he does not post as frequently as other cooking channels, he has well-edited videos on how to prepare udon noodles, sushi, temari balls, and more. Plus, he often features his adorable cats in the background while he is preparing meals."
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Blog: The Woks of Life
Recommended by Mei Qi, Business and Policy Manager
"The Woks of Life is a fantastic recipe blog and Instagram for Chinese home cooking run by a Chinese American family. Besides gorgeous food photos essential to any food blog, they also offer a great mix of traditional Chinese, Chinese American (based on the mish-mash of ingredients that immigrant families often have in their pantries or fridges), and Americanized Chinese recipes. Their hot and sour soup recipe in particular hit my craving for the more traditional ingredients and flavors. They've also moved toward including a lot more vegan-friendly recipes and have lots of great suggestions on how to make amazing tofu."
YouTube Channel: Adam Liaw
Recommended by Jaclyn Pang, Volunteer since 2019
"I watched Adam Liaw win Season Two of MasterChef Australia in 2010. His victory is still the most watched non-sporting television event in Australian history. He was born in Penang Island, Malaysia, and spent his youth in South Australia before living and working in Japan, China, and India. Much like some of us who have lived around the world, we associate the unique memories of the places we lived with the amazing food we had."
Articles Online: Recipes by Madhur Jaffrey
Recommended by Saleena Jafry, Director of Business and Policy
"Madhur Jaffrey's foray into cooking was quite accidental and born out of necessity when she moved to London at the age of 19 to study drama. While away from home, she missed home-cooked meals and learned to cook by corresponding with her mother. Once she moved to New York, she wrote food articles to supplement her income. Eventually, this led to her writing cookbooks on Indian cuisine which became very successful and she also received requests to appear on TV programs. Highly recommended recipes: quick chicken korma, stir-fried prawns in an aromatic tomato cream sauce, chicken Thai red curry, and to satisfy your sweet tooth, try her kheer (rice pudding)."
Blog: Pickles and Tea
Recommended by Chris Dunn, Marketing and Communications Manager
Though Chris originally recommended Pat Tanumihardja's The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook, the author also has an excellent online resource for recipes in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center!
"This is not your average 'pan-Asian' cookbook. Featuring recipes from China, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook is unique because its emphasis is on home-style, old-school recipes. I've found that many cookbooks, in their attempts to represent multiple countries, err on the side of oversimplifying recipes. This book does no such thing — and, throughout, it features two-page spreads profiling grandmothers who contributed their recipes, techniques, and wisdom to the book. This is a wonderful resource and introduction to home cooking, and a delight to read on its own merits."
Blog: Just One Cookbook
Recommended by Rebecca Becerra, Education, Outreach, and Data Coordinator
"Just One Cookbook is a great find for anyone who has wanted to make at-home Japanese meals. The site is filled with a variety of not only traditional Japanese recipes but also some fusion dishes that are popular in Japan. The recipes are authentic and very simple to follow, not to mention delicious! You can learn how to make miso soup from scratch, baked tonkatsu, and even the delightful souffle pancakes (the matcha ones are my favorite). Nami(ko Chen), the creator of the blog, makes the whole experience feel like you're cooking with a friend."
YouTube Channel: Peaceful Kitchen
Recommended by Liz Nguyen, Production Technician
"Relaxing, aesthetic, and meticulous are three words to describe these cooking videos. Ryoya Takashima cooks with such a cool ease that he makes boiling water interesting. All his recipes are vegan; I am not, but two of his dishes are in my meal prep rotation: Tofu Hot Pot and Hummus Pasta."
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We are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.
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