Food

Learning to Live with Durians Again

Was my rejection of the durian, Southeast Asia’s King of Fruits, a betrayal of my cultural identity, of my life in Singapore?

Oct 18, 2021
I Can’t Go Home, So I Go to the Indian Grocery

Each time I contend with the reality of another month—season, year—apart from extended family, I drive my ennui to Namaste Plaza.

Oct 12, 2021
Seeking Culinary Guidance from God, My Mom, and Kelly Ripa

My first unkosher months weren’t especially guilt-ridden; if anything, it was the closest I had felt to coming of age.

Aug 30, 2021
In the Pandemic, Cooking Connected Me to My Ancestors

I could almost sense them beside me, as if the spattered index cards they’d left behind had come to life.

Jun 14, 2021
My Bicultural Comfort Food is the Spicy McChicken Sandwich

Both the sandwich and I were ‘made in China’ but with an undeniable Americanness.

Dec 09, 2020
How Saunf (or Mukhwas, or Fennel Candy) Built Me a Home

To these writers, saunf occurred in the world as a curiosity, but not as an inevitability.

Oct 20, 2020
In Praise of Spoon and Fork

Could I really not keep anything from the unbearable whiteness of being?

Wherever I Go, Kimchi Fried Rice Feels Like Home

They were our new friends, and we wanted to treat them to food from that had become special to us.

Aug 24, 2020
How My Family Cookbook Brought Me Back Home

We weren’t exactly rewriting our family traditions, but it felt good knowing that there was still a place for me in them.

May 12, 2020
Learning to Eat While Pregnant and Recovering from an Eating Disorder

I pray my baby will love their body, or at least accept it, and carry it around the world, just as I have carried them too, with pride and joy.

Apr 07, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: Noah Cho and Bryan Washington in Conversation

“The food scene in the Bay Area is dying because everything is so expensive; rent is expensive.”

Wherever the Limdi Grows: Growing Up Gujarati in Southern California

I deliberately and obstinately use the word ‘limdi’ and not the term ‘curry leaf’ because the word ‘curry’ has always bothered me.

Dec 09, 2019
Finding Home and Comfort in the Food of Korean American Chef Eunjo Park

Eunjo Park, the executive chef at Momofuku’s Kawi, is cooking her way through it. Her food is a reminder that it’s okay not to be one-hundred percent anything.

Dec 03, 2019
Growing Mushrooms at the End of the World

A mastery of mushrooms and their uses could help me survive in a post-apocalyptic world—a world that didn’t feel all that far away.

Oct 15, 2019
Home Is Where the Taro Buns Are

How a small bakery in the Midwest gave me the Asian community I'd been searching for

Oct 10, 2019
A Search for the Secret Sauce I Hoped Would Connect Me to My Heritage

I sought a cherished symbol from my own childhood, not a standardized emblem of all Indonesian culture, which I can’t and shouldn’t pretend is all mine to take.

Feb 07, 2019
My Family’s Secret Recipe for Immortality

Though my mother’s no longer here to meet my son, he’ll taste his grandmother’s cooking though our family’s Sunday gravy, the one I make every week to keep her spirit alive.

How This Woman Celebrates Black History and Food in Salvador, Brazil

Miraci is being the one thing blackness has always been forced to be even when unwilling—political.

Dec 11, 2018
Special Request: Why I Fought with My Family on Holiday

“I wanted to be present in Paris. I forgot to be present with my family.”

Nov 20, 2018
A Recipe for Survival

Your stomach hurts because all you’ve eaten this week is frozen yogurt—but it is a hurt you can bear more than hunger.

Oct 25, 2018