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40 Years of Vietnamese Food in California: A Conversation with Andrew Lam

40 Years of Vietnamese Food in California: A Conversation with Andrew Lam

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the 40 years since Vietnamese came to California in great numbers, they’ve given us three culinary blockbusters: pho, banh mi and sriracha sauce. “What once belonged to you, now belongs to the world,” says author Andrew Lam.

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Lunar New Year Memories with StoryCorps

Lunar New Year Memories with StoryCorps

| February 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) partnered with StoryCorps in San Francisco to create the first recordings dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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Nak’s Oriental Market: This Mom-and-Pop Offers Personalized Service Along with Asian and Dutch Ingredients

Nak’s Oriental Market: This Mom-and-Pop Offers Personalized Service Along with Asian and Dutch Ingredients

| February 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Sure, many people shop at indifferent, overlit discount grocery stores to save a few bucks but you can still find special items and exceptional, personalized service if you know where to look. My favorite is eclectic, beloved, miniscule Nak’s Oriental Market, which has been offering everything from pristine hamachi belly and the best nuoc mam to Dutch cookies for 46 years.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Popular South Bay Bánh Mì Shops

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Popular South Bay Bánh Mì Shops

| February 2, 2015 | 11 Comments

It is easy to see why bánh mì are so popular. A leftover influence from French colonization, these Vietnamese sandwiches are inexpensive and bursting with great flavors and textures. Here is a list of ten unique bánh mì shops in the South Bay.

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Umami and Tang for New Year’s: Spicy Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings

Umami and Tang for New Year’s: Spicy Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Salty, tangy, sweet, vinegary, crunchy, and juicy: these chicken wings are the bomb!

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

| December 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.

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Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Japanese tea-ceremony staple for centuries, antioxiant- and umami-rich matcha is spurring a new wave of geekdom.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

| November 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.

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5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a follow-up guide to “5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland,” here’s our recommendations for wonderful vegan fare in Berkeley (and one in Albany).

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Ramen Shops

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Ramen Shops

| November 3, 2014 | 7 Comments

Ramen is continually trending in the Bay Area (some restaurants with cult-like followings) as devoted customers slurp up the springy noodles and rich broth year-round. From a simple sea salt base to the slowly simmered tonkotsu, this guide highlights ten popular destinations for ramen in the South Bay Area.

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Homemade Thai Curry Pastes are Easy to Personalize

Homemade Thai Curry Pastes are Easy to Personalize

| November 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Making homemade Thai curry paste is simple once you’ve sourced your ingredients, and it adds great depth to quick weeknight dinners. Kate Williams will show you how to find the right ingredients and then make the most of them.

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Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Asian Restaurants in New Episode

Check, Please! Bay Area Revisits 3 Asian Restaurants in New Episode

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Revisit three Asian restaurants from previous series: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, Marnee Thai, Butterfly Restaurant.

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Noodle-Pulling Dance at Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan Event

Noodle-Pulling Dance at Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan Event

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan shared their stories, friendship, and love for public media with fans at a special KQED event to celebrate Yan’s new series Martin Yan’s Taste of Vietnam and Pepin’s new series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul. The event finale was a noodle-pulling dance performance by Chef Tony Wu.

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First Bite: Uptown Oakland’s Taiwan Bento

First Bite: Uptown Oakland’s Taiwan Bento

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new fast-food bento shop offers a Taiwanese take on the single-portion meal.

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