Meet & Eat: Christine Chung, Serious Eats Intern
Editor's note: Say hello to another one of our fantastic fall interns Christine!
Name: Christine Chung
Location: New York
Occupation: Recent college grad, part-time edit assistant, full time foodie
Website/Twitter: Way too embarrassing.
Guilty pleasures? Eating peanut butter straight out of the jar, incredibly unhealthy kid's food (AKA SpaghettiOs), dessert for breakfast, spending three-fourths of my salary on food and clothing. A girl's gotta eat and be fashionable too, let's be real.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? In high school, we were supposed to read the New York Times religiously to get caught up on "current events," and we had to give weekly presentations, which I dreaded. I began reading the Dining & Wine section instead. (Suffice it to say I did not do very well in that class.)
Describe your perfect meal. I love dumplings and I love peanut butter, so the meal would include lots of both. I'd pique my appetite with some appetizers Korean style: my mom's famous kimchi dumplings, gimbap, and pan-fried tofu. Then, I'd add on an order of Chinese pork dumplings from Vanessa's Dumplings. They are fried perfection. Next, I'd get my peanut butter fix with an Elvis sandwich, crispy bacon or else. To finish this epic meal, I'd end with with something ridiculously sweet, cake-like and delicious. Maybe a banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting from Butter Lane.
What food won't you eat? I'm a pretty adventurous eater. I've had stints being vegan and vegetarian, but I've resumed my carnivorous ways. Still not a huge fan of sweetbreads, though. The name is so misleading!
What would you like to try but haven't yet? Never had a durian, being put off so far by the smell, but since I'm now living in Chinatown, I feel like it's bound to happen soon.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? A lot of them are into food too so it's something we can all share and enjoy together, which I love. My peanut butter obsession has even convinced my PB-averse friend to give it a try. Major victory!
Favorite food person? Ruth Reichl. Her writing makes me want to melt and eat, all at the same time. I also love the food world's badass, Anthony Bourdain.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? Not so much a person, but a website, Yelp.
And what's the best recommendation Yelp's ever given you? En Japanese Brasserie. I could live off of their fresh tofu.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Dessert is my favorite part of the day, and I get it pretty much everywhere. Spot Dessert Bar, Bouchon Bakery, Clinton St. Bakery, and even places selling cheap thrills like the 80-cent steamed buns near the Serious Eats office.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? My cooking skills have yet to catch up my to my eating skills, but I'm making a solid effort. Currently, I make a pretty good stir-fried lomein with tofu, kimchi, and scallions, all topped with a fried egg. I get fresh noodles from the Asian market, which makes all the difference. Then I slather it all with Sriracha, which in my opinion, makes everything taste 300 times more delicious.