In early 2002, Calvin Trillin wrote a funny yet memorable story in The New Yorker about Cajun boudin (“Missing Links”) that has stuck with me ever since. In the years since I read the story, I’ve been to New Orleans several times, and have seen boudin on local menus; it’s usually gussied up with a … Continued
The Thai New Year of Songkran began on Friday. The three-day holiday includes water fights all over the country and special celebrations. I say it’s a good excuse to try my favorite dish from Thailand – khao soi. In Chicago, there are two Chicago area restaurants where they make versions that aren’t that much different from … Continued
Chicago has a few old-school options for fried shrimp – we’re thinking of Calmet Fisheries, Goose Island Shrimp House and Lawrence Fisheries – but one of Chance the Rapper’s childhood favorites near Englewood is also worth a second look. Haire’s Gulf Shrimp 7448 S Vincennes Ave (773) 783-1818
I just returned from an intensive eating vacation that meandered through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. One of the highlights, without a doubt, were the delicious banh mi sandwiches we ate in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). To call them simply Vietnamese subs would be an insult. They begin with the greatest French bread – much … Continued
While on vacation in Bangkok, I filed a report for PRI’s The World, focusing on a particular noodle dish that’s NOT pad thai. Kuay Teow Kua Gai is a wide, rice noodle dish, typically made in a back alley, by cooks who’ve been doing it for years in woks set over blazing charcoals. Thanks to … Continued
One of the main reasons I wanted to return to Chiang Mai on my most recent trip to Thailand was for khao soi. I’ve always thought this Northern Thai dish deserved more credit than it gets. In the U.S., every Thai restaurant has pad thai or satay skewers, yet few manage to offer khao soi, … Continued
The team behind restaurants such as Boka and Momotaro has opened Somerset, its latest project next to the gleaming new Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The restaurant features an all-American menu, but I thought two dishes in particular stood out. I asked Chef Lee Wolen to show me how, exactly, he makes them.
Avocado toast is one of the biggest breakfast trends of the past few years. In Chicago, there are several places with exceptional versions, including a pair I recently tried in Lakeview.
I had a chance last week to spend a few days in Singapore, running around the endless hawker food centers and tasting all manner of laksa, dumplings and ice-bean-corn-condensed milk desserts. But the one that stood out was the chicken rice, a dish as revered as a NYC-style slice or a Montreal poutine. There are … Continued
Singapore has been accumulating more and more high-end restaurants over the past few years. There are no shortage of fine-dining options; Odette, Corner House and Restaurant André are just a trio of places I had a chance to dine this week. But the city is known around the world for its vibrant, boisterous hawker (food … Continued
In the second video I’ve shot and edited from Hong Kong this week, we visit a stall on the far Eastern edge of the island, run by a guy who goes by the name Master Low Key. He has perfected the process of making egg puffs and waffles, but these aren’t the typical waffles you’ve … Continued