Asia’s culinary cultural revival — what’s old is new again

LUCKY CHOW explores the global culinary revolution emerging from Asia and delves into the beauty, wellness, interactive dining, and entertainment categories

Season 3 Air Date – Early 2019

LUCKY CHOW is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that explores the impact of Asian cuisine on a global scale through conversations with everyone from culinary misfits to masters


Host Danielle Chang travels across America to uncover the Asian culinary landscape.

RAMEN MANIA: A master class on ramen fundamentals at national purveyor Sun Noodles. A peak inside the mind of ramen madman Ivan Orkin. Yuji Haraguchi shows how to incorporate seafood. A group of Chez Panisse graduates decide to start a Ramen Shop.

KOREATOWN: East versus West–we explore the Koreatowns of New York and Los Angeles, with K-BBQ mainstay Parks BBQ, Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, Internet Food momsation Maangchi, and Matt Robard, author of Koreatown USA.

NORTHERN THAI: THE authenticating of Thai cuisine. We take Andy Ricker to Las Vegas and Jet Tila to the James Beard House, along with Pichet Ong and Hong Thaimee.

FILIPINO: Food activist PJ Quesada tells us about his Filipino Food Movement. Tim Luym’s Attic, Kristine De La Cruz’s Creme de la Caramel, Miguel Trinidad and Nicole Ponseca bring us Maharlika, and a “Kamayan” with Susur Lee.

BAY AREA: Where the population density of Asians is higher than anywhere else outside of Asia. Interviews with Google’s Asian campus cafeteria director and a visit to their first sit-down restaurant–Baadal, which serves Indian food to thousands of employees. Hodo Soy Beanery. Retired engineers create Ecopia.

CHINATOWN: The expanding borders of Chinatown and the future of legacies like Nom Wah Tea Parlor, with Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu. Peking Duck with Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng. Hakkasan globalizes China chic, thanks to Alan Lau.

We go deeper into Asian and Asian inspired food cultures as they permeate immigrant and next generations of Asian America.

TRENDING JAPANESE: American obsession with Japanese obsessiveness. Japanese style cat cafe in New York, a French Japanophile opens an unlikely okonomiyaki business and Danielle learns to throw her weight around with sumo wrestlers hungry for chanko nabe.

FARM TO TABLE: Kristyn Leach farms organic heirloom Korean produce in the East Bay for hot SF restaurant Namu Gaji. Ross Koda is a third generation Japanese American rice farmer in the central valley. Tim Hall and Jeff Roller are the only fresh wasabi farmers in the entire US.

FOOD OF THE GODS: The relationship between faith and food is evident at three Asian houses of worship: an imposing Buddhist temple where Danielle is served an artful vegetarian feast; a Sikh temple where she helps cook Indian flatbread for a communal meal where all are welcome; and a Queens mosque’s annual food fair to sample Indonesian
dishes and learning about life as a Muslim in America.

MADE IN CHINA: “Confinement meals” are made for new mothers across the country. An underground Manhattan cocktail den whose main ingredient is baijiu. A wedding in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown where old world and new meet at the banquet table and on the dance floor.

THE NEW INDIAN: Breaking away from a culinary monoculture. Inday by Basu Ratnam, Tiffin Junction by Jawahar Chirimai, Pawaari Kothari’s Chai Cart and Jesse and Jennifer Singh bring Babu Ji to Alphabet City.

TAIWAN’S TRUE FLAVORS: Making Taiwanese beef noodle soup with Cathy Erway, author of Foods of Taiwan. Homesick young expats open Taiwan Bear House and specialize in biandang. A twilight visit to 626 Night Market in California’s Orange County.

ASIAN FOOD, AMERICAN DREAMS: Asian-American entrepreneurs share the secrets of their success: Tim Wildin, the young Chipotle executive who launches Thai-inspired Shophouse; Lynda Trang Dai, once known as the Vietnamese Madonna and now the queen of banh mi sandwiches in Orange County’s Little Saigon; and Charles Phan, the ground-breaking chef of Slanted Door.


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