Indonesian chef Erwin Tjahyadi hailed from Surabaya, East Java and grew up in East Los Angeles. Currently, he is the executive chef and creator of Bone Kettle, a Southeast Asian Restaurant in the heart of Old Town Pasadena and Komodo, one of LA’s hottest food businesses serving fast gourmet California fusion bites. His penchant for innovative techniques and fusing Asian flavors, Latin ingredients and California inspirations cemented him as one of LA’s godfathers of fusion cuisine.
Please share an off-menu family recipe (or description) or a personal intergenerational food story
Sambal Goreng Grilled Corn- one of the simplest yet most satisfying BBQ staple that we have for every family gatherings and holidays. We would first make our family style house sambal, lather the corn with a mix of the sambal, mayo and butter- grill it to charred perfection and serve alongside your choice of Satay skewers or grilled vegetables. Top it off with some chives, Thai Chili, lime juice. Some of my fondest memories take place surrounding the grill, joined by family members, young and old- telling stories and enjoying each others’ laughters and joy. We love how simple it is so that the younger members of our family can participate and enjoy the process. It’s also a reminder that it doesn’t take much to inspire delicious dishes and happiness.
What does participation at LUCKYRICE signify to you?
Participation at Lucky Rice is a tremendous honor every year. To us, it is an annual celebration of our vibrant pan-Asian restaurant community in Los Angeles who are making noise and creating conversation about our culture and traditions. I love seeing everyone’s take on the different themes every year and it’s an opportunity for us to show off what we’ve been up to and celebrate each other. We’re proud to be a participant.
What do you think of the Asian food moment right now?
Asian food movement is never been hotter. There’s been so much more openness to new Asian cuisines from outside of Japan, China and Korea. We’re thrilled that we now have a substantial audience who are open to listening to our voice/story.
Catch the Tjahyadi brothers at the #LUCKYRICE18 Breaking Bao Intergenerational Feast: Los Angeles on July 26th.