Category: Q&A

Drink Your Dumpling Away

What’s more comforting on a cold day than pans of steaming xiaolongbao (aka XLB)? XL XLBs. Drunken Dumpling, located in the heart of the East Village in NYC, has hit the Big Apple by storm with its monster-sized version of this classic Chinese dumpling. In this episode of LUCKYINSIDER, we speak with the mastermind behind […]

To Slurp or Not to Slurp

A bowl of ramen consists of four core elements: broth, tare, noodles, and toppings. With several varieties within each element, every ramen shop crafts its own “blend”, usually specializing in one style of ramen. From the familiar tonkotsu ramen to the underrated tsukemen, our popular ramen tasting will explore the basic characteristics of a number […]

LUCKYINSIDER: Ann Redding of Uncle Boons

Want to experience a fiery, beer-soaked dinner on a cool September evening in expat Bangkok? Head to Uncle Boons in the heart of SoHo, New York City. Born to a Thai mother and American father, chef and co-owner Ann Redding had the special privilege of growing up between both countries and being introduced to their […]

An Insider’s Look: LUCKYRICE LA Slurpfest

Our popular ramen tasting will return to DTLA for its second installment with four ramen shops across Los Angeles. This traditional Japanese dish has evolved throughout the U.S. and each of our participants will showcase their unique spin on slurp-worthy noodles. Here’s an insider’s look into this year’s participants: LUCKYRICE: Broth, tare, noodles, or toppings […]

The Lone Star State’s Rising Culinary Star

Houston’s critical darling and crowd-favorite Oxheart has a progressive perspective on regional cuisine. Its co-owner and executive chef, Justin Yu, was recently named Best Chef: Southwest by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and has now been recognized on a national scale for delicately delicious dishes. Here we speak with the host of our inaugural Houston […]


From Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas Strip, and from backyard cooking classes to battling legends on “Iron Chef America”, Jet Tila has carved a singular niche as a culinary storyteller. Born into the ‘first family’ of Thai food in Los Angeles that opened the first Thai restaurants and […]

LUCKYINSIDER: Chef Ken Tominaga

Chef and partner of The Ramen Bar, a fast-casual West Coast style ramen spot located in the heart of San Francisco, Chef Ken Tominaga has always had a passion for Japanese cuisine. Having built his career on his love for good food and cooking, Chef Ken prides himself on the use of quality ingredients to […]


Chef Dale Talde, the mastermind behind the popular restaurant Talde in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, applies his distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of this eponymous dining spot. The two-season contestant on Top Chef has cultivated a cooking style he describes as “stepping out of tradition and authenticity”. We’re thrilled to have Chef Talde as […]


Had a long day at work and too tired to spend an hour making dinner? Nomz has your back. With its wholesome Asian noodle soups tailored for busy individuals, Nomz provides traditional Asian soups that are not only healthy and delicious, but also quick and easy. From Chicken Shiitake Mushroom Soup to Vietnamese Beef Pho, […]


Occupying a former warehouse located in industrial Gowanus’s nightlife district, Insa is a one-stop shop for all things Korean dining and entertainment. Start your night with a wide array of sizzling Korean barbecue dishes and eventually make your way to the infamous Jungle Room to karaoke till dawn. In this episode of LUCKYINSIDER, we speak with Sohui Kim, a Korean chef who […]