Episode 52: Pinch Chinese + Xiao Long Bao

It’s only right that we end the season strong with a conversation about one of our favorite foods of all time—the famous xiao long bao (XLB), aka soup dumplings. We chat with Sean Tang, managing partner for Pinch Chinese, known for serving some of the best soup dumplings in NYC.

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Episode 51: Yunnan Mixian + South Of The Clouds

We’re talking about a Chinese cuisine we’ve never covered before on Feast Meets West, and that’s Yunnan cuisine. Yunnan is best known for its “crossing the bridge noodles”, which is a soup based rice noodles dish. It’s also the signature dish at the new noodle shop “South of the Clouds” in Greenwich Village. Tune in to hear from Chef & Owner Liheng Geng.

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Episode 50: COTE + NYC's First Korean Steakhouse

It’s our 50th episode of the Feast Meets West podcast! We have a fun episode for you covering how the Korean BBQ experience can be elevated and unexpected, and how you can be more mindful and respectful of your meats.

We’re chatting with Simon Kim, owner of COTE, NYC’s first Korean steakhouse, and what Pete Wells of the NYTimes called “the best beef at any Korean BBQ in New York”.

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Episode 49: China Blue + Designing a Different Chinese Dining Experience

In this episode, we are not just talking about Chinese food, but also the elevated dining experience you can find at a number of Chinese restaurants in recent years. We chat with founders Yiming Wang and Xian Zhang of Cafe China, China Blue, and Birds of a Feather, who are purposefully designing Chinese restaurants that become well known as much for its food as for its tastefully designed spaces.

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Episode 48: Zai Lai + Taiwanese Breakfast

#FMWAsianBreakfast is back in a big way this season. Last week we talked about Beijing’s jianbing, this week we’re onto Taiwanese breakfast! Chef Edward Huang of Zai Lai, a home-style Taiwanese concept in Columbus Circle’s Turnstyle Market, takes us through this iconic Taiwanese meal.

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Episode 47: Mr. Bing + Jianbing, The Ultimate Beijing Street Food

On this week’s episode, we talk about one of the oldest and most popular street food items in China–jianbing. It’s a crispy and savory crepe packed with delicious flavors, textures, and color.

Brian Goldberg, Founder of Mr. Bing, first fell in love with jianbing when he studied Chinese in Beijing in the late 90s; he bought jianbing everyday outside of his school from a nice lady who made them fresh on the back of a bicycle cart. Learn about this tasty treat and its journey to NYC.

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Episode 46: Kimbap Lab + Bibimbap in a Roll

Kimbap is an iconic Korean dish made from cooked rice, and other ingredients that are rolled in a dried sheet of seaweed, cut up and served in bite-size pieces, or as our friends from Kimbap Lab call it–bibimbap in a roll.

Co-founder of Kimbap Lab, Sarah Lee, takes us through her experience with this dish, her mission at Kimbap Lab, introducing sauces to kimbap, making Korean food gluten-free, and more!

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Episode 45: Tang Hotpot + China's Thousand Year Old Dish

On this episode of the Feast Meets West podcast, we are talking about a beloved dish that will warm you up inside and out. Hotpot is one of the most popular and oldest dishes originating from China over a thousand year’s ago.

In the studio with us is Yu Li, Founder of Tang Hotpot, where he serves up an authentic yet upscale Sichuan hotpot experience.

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Episode 44: The Hwa Yuan Legacy + OG Sesame Noodles

In this episode of the Feast Meets West podcast, we’re talking about sesame noodles and the family that made it a staple in New York's culinary landscape, helped define Chinese cuisine in the city since the 1960s, and pioneered the craze for fiery Sichuanese.

Chef Chen Lieh Tang and James Tang–son and grandson to the legendary Shorty Tang–joined us in the studio to talk about the popular dish and the return of their restaurant Hwa Yuan on East Broadway.

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Episode 43: Shunan Teng + Baijiu, the World's Most Consumed Liquor

Baijiu is the world’s most consumed liquor but is virtually unknown outside of China. Baijiu connoisseur, Shunan Teng of Tea Drunk, returns to the Feast Meets West podcast to talk about drinking baijiu, the different types, and how to appreciate this strong Chinese spirit.

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Episode 42: John McCarthy + Bringing Izakaya Culture to the West

Japanese izakayas are easy to love. They’re casual, fun places to drink, and have become synonymous with tasty and affordable food options.

In this episode of the Feast Meets West podcast, we talk about bringing izakaya culture to the west, and what that looks like at John McCarthy’s latest project, Oka. We also give special attention to pairing sake with food.

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Episode 41: Nom Wah Tu + Beverage Pairings for Chinese Food

As the landscape for Chinese food matures in New York with more specialized and regional options, it’s time we talk about what we can expect in the alcohol department that matches and complements the food.

What exactly pairs well with the many flavors and spices found on the contemporary Chinese menu? To help us answer the question is Sophie Maarleveld and Phillip Szabados of Nom Wah Tu.

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Episode 33: Tomoko Omori + Japanese Curry

Ever wonder how curry became one of Japan’s most popular dishes? Tomoko Omori, President and CEO of Go Go Curry USA, joins Lynda and Iris in the studio to discuss what makes Japanese curry different, why it’s so well-loved, and why the Go Go Curry franchise has been so internationally successful.

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Episode 32: Carson Yiu + Stinky Tofu

This week we switch gears and talk about an Asian dish that gets almost no love in the west – stinky tofu! Carson Yiu, founder of Outer Borough, joins us in the studio to talk about this Taiwanese and Hong Kong street food, what makes it stinky and delicious, and how it’s breaking into the NYC food scene. You’ll also hear from Jowett Yu, chef of Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong.

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Episode 29: Tea Drunk + Chinese Tea for the Modern Day

We’ve talked about tea before, but on this episode, we go back to where it all began: Chinese tea. The very knowledgable founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, Shunan Teng, talks to Lynda and Iris about what we need to understand about Chinese tea in the modern day. Plus, a bonus interview clip from Yisheng Organic in Hong Kong on why organic and fairtrade tea is important!

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