'fusion' on Serious Eats

Lunch for One: Basta Pasta

[Photos: Kathy Chan] Growing up in Hawai'i, I saw Japanese-Italian fusion restaurants everywhere—natto spaghetti, tarako and ika pasta. Japanese flavors meets Italian basics. Such places are less common in New York, which makes them all the more intriguing. Most... More

The Sincerest form of Korean Taco Flattery?

California Taco Trucks has a roundup of links showing how the CalbiBBQ truck has copied the Kogi taco truck from logo and menu right down to its Twitter marketing strategy. Chicanery or just a happy case of "more Korean tacos for everyone"? A very interesting post from the Kogi team gives further insight.... More

Things I Learned While Working on the Kogi BBQ Taco Truck

Editor's note: We continue our Kogi BBQ Taco Truck coverage with this insider's look from Kogi team member Alice Shin. You already know that a day on the Kogi truck is a long one, but Alice dissects the day even further, revealing the good and the bad. Photograph from Eric Shin on Flickr After adopting a 4-star chef into the family and renting out a humble little truck, we’ve been on the road in search of bellies hungry for our K-town homage to Mexican taco trucks. Here are some of the things I learned along the way. Fasten Your Seatbelts Riding around at 55 mph in a creaking, hulking Korean taco truck feels a lot like surfing. It’s also the... More

A Typical Day on the Kogi BBQ Taco Truck

The Kogi BBQ Taco Truck has a cult following in L.A. We take a peek into the daily routine of Kogi staff member Mark Manguera to get an idea of what it takes to run the Kogi truck. It's a 9-to-5 job, but not in the way you'd expect. More

Meet & Eat: Kogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck

"Man, I’m getting hungry, but I’m only allowed to drink diesel." Editor's note: The L.A. Times carries a story today on the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck and its Twittering ways. We figured we'd talk to the truck itself. Kogi co-founder Alice Shin interprets the truck's responses for us. If you’re an Angeleno, you've no doubt heard of Kogi. If not, get to know it here. Photograph courtesy of Eric Shin Name: Kogi Location: Downtown Los Angeles, Venice Beach, Silverlake—generally wherever I can find hungry vampires fiending for our goods Occupation: Taco truck URL: kogibbq.com, twitter.com/kogibbq What is Kogi? You can call it our homage to the Mexican taco trucks that fed and sustained us in our Korean American youth.... More

The Jewish-Chinese Fusion Question

It's a fusion tradition that ain't on swanky menus but is very rooted in America's melting pot culture. Just think of cream cheese wontons (right), Soy Vay products, and how many Peking Dragons are open on Christmas. This dude [video] knows what I'm talking about. It's a curious overlap, but this post on the New York Times City Room blog went where few other Jewish-Chinese fusions have gone before. Pastrami egg rolls and Chinese hot dogs, available at Eden Wok on 34th Street in Manhattan.... More

Bunny Bao

Food blogger Maki Ito's Far East–Easter mashup: Putting Easter and dim sum together, I devised these bunny shaped bao, or steamed buns. (The inspiration for the shape came from a pair of fluffy white bunny slippers I saw at a flea market last summer.) They are quite simple really: tender steamed bun dough is filled and formed into an oval, and the ears are cut with scissors. Ito filled these steamed buns with a mixture of egg, bacon, and chives.... More

Currywurst: The Best for Midnight Munchies

A piece in Saveur has a hilarious take on the origins of currywurst, the griddled pork sausage topped by a bizarre mix of ketchup and curry powder. Lena Brucker, a street stall owner in postwar Hamburg, "tripped on a flight of stairs while carrying a carton of ketchup and a can of curry powder obtained on Hamburg's black market. Absentmindedly licking her fingers after cleaning up the mess, she discovered the two ingredients' delightful compatibility." It sounds like the origins of fusion food in general. Where can Serious Eaters find the best currywurst in this country? I noticed that New Yorkers can get their currywurst fix at the Hallo Berlin cart and at the Hallo Berlin restaurant. Hallo Berlin Cart... More

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