Pickled Gooseberries

Sometimes it feels like the internet is the Tower of Babel of our age and social media is our lingua franca. I bet being online today feels a lot like building that tower back then. It’s all that energy of feeling connected. This can be good–it’s comforting to know that strangers (and robots) on the…

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Jujube Smoothie

And he said unto them, the kingdom of heaven is like an Asian grocery store, like a 99 Ranch, or an H-Mart. From age to age, it remains the same, a steadfast fount of democratic joys, like fresh lychees for $1.79/pound. Look at all the delicious sauces stacked from aisle to aisle. They do not…

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Tomatoes

Sometimes I feel like human beings were never meant to live at the scale we currently do. Just yesterday, two passengers on a Delta airlines flight refused to wear masks–forcing the plane to return to the gate and have them removed. I wonder if this would have happened before the consolidation of the Internet, back…

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Charsiu Pork

Because I can’t figure out how to turn off the Netflix auto-preview feature, every time I log on, I am pummeled with the same trailers of the shows the company’s algorithm thinks I want to watch. One of these shows is the Emmy-nominated Chef’s Table, a docu-series that profiles various famous chefs around the world…

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Umeboshi BBQ Sauce

I like to think that this sauce is a truly original creation for which I can take credit, though as with all foods, that probably isn’t the case. But because that reality has never stopped anyone else from claiming invention, I’m just going to go ahead and do that here until told otherwise. It’s a…

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Grilled Corn with Kombu Butter

In these trying times, we all rely on sources of comfort to ground us, to hold things in perspective as the vast world spins, indifferent. I would like to share one of mine that has never let me down, which is the app LinkedIn. There is something uniquely reassuring about knowing that even people who…

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Stewed Chicken

Sometimes I think back to the time when recipes on the Internet did not come ensnared in ads and autoplay videos, all throbbing with that yearning pulse of SEO optimization. How varied our tastes and expressions were back then!

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