In recent months, I've made Pok Pok and its chef Andy Ricker the target of much of my public antagonizing. The statements themselves are half-joking, but the sentiment is real. A friend recently asked me to explain why I dislike Ricker and Pok Pok so much. Was it an issue of "authenticity"? The fact that he is White? The food itself? As with all things, it's an intersection. I try to explain below:
I was recently challenged to cook ramen on Eat Your Words, due to the sometimes (often) harsh criticism I dole out to ramen restaurants that are below my standards. It turns out that the act of making ramen, much less in one hour, is difficult--extremely difficult. I've come today to eat my words and ease up on all those ramen places: it's a hard gig. Much respect.
I started Eat Kune Do about five years ago. Back then, it was just an attempt to start a food blog and just write my thoughts on food, cooking, and dining. Since then, it has become a much bigger project: a regular experimental pop-up dinner series and supper club, designed to stretch my culinary creativity and skill while connecting awesome people. As such, I've redesigned the site!
Now let's take a look back before we move forward.
You may be curious as to what happens after you sign up for a dinner. What do I do with all the responses you give about what you enjoy eating? How do some survey answers become dinner? Well, let me explain: First, I carefully read your responses. I really want to build my menu around your dining experience. At my April dinner, here were some of the food preferences...
I've been cooking since I was six. Sure, back then it was limited to microwaving bowls of instant ramen or melting cheese onto crackers, but it quickly developed into frying eggs, boiling noodles, browning beef, and making spaghetti, chili, stews, casseroles, and numerous other things that I would have never been introduced to by my parents.