I grew up eating everything from cow tongue and 1,000-year-old egg (don’t cringe) to some good ol’ American-style pork chow mein. Though how the foods are prepared are on opposite ends of the spectrum — from how your ancestors made it to more Americanized techniques — they all have one thing in common: the foods are rooted in tradition.
That’s what “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Chefs Re-Invention Asian Cuisine” is all about. Chefs will share their ideas of combining traditional cooking techniques with more modern flavors, while still keeping to the cultural inspiration. Because of this fusion, there have been restaurants sprouting up that are changing the idea of what people used to think came out of Asian restaurants.
The event is hosted by the Asian Culinary Forum — a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, Calif. that helps chefs explore the world through food with education events and programs.
“It’s fascinating to see and taste how each chef plays with the familiar, the predictable, to create completely different approaches to classic Asian cuisines,” Thy Tran, founder and director of Asian Culinary Forum, said in a statement to the press. “As diners, we are always torn between what is comforting about our family’s food and what is original and exciting. Chefs who can balance on that delicate edge, while remaining true to their own creative vision, are extremely rare.”
The three-hour event includes a four-person panel of celebrated chefs: Dennis Lee (chef and co-owner of Namu), Richie Nakano (chef and founder of Hapa Ramen, Sarah Dey (chef and manager of New Delhi), and Wilfred Pacio (founder of Spice Kit). Tran will moderate the event. They’ll share their business models (like selling ramen on the streets versus out of a storefront) and various stories about the culinary craft. You’ll even have the chance to question the chefs in a special Q&A session — but we can promise you that they’ll divulge any cooking secrets. Also included in the $35 ticket price is a welcome reception where you can taste an array of goodies.
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Chefs Re-Invention Asian Cuisine
Monday, August 22, 6:00 pm
San Francisco Ferry Building, Second Floor, One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111
Tickets: $35, pre-registration recommended