Food

The Tortilla Type of Hurt, How One Broke My Heart

What I didn’t say was how much of home each of those packs brought with them.

Jul 21, 2022
How Lunchbox TikTok Is Healing My Relationship With Food

Lunch-packing videos have shown me that, regardless of your age or your body size or how big of a breakfast you had, we all deserve to eat.

May 18, 2022
South Indian Filter Coffee Tastes Like Home and Empire

For me, longing for filter coffee and missing my father are one and the same.

Mar 03, 2022
We Need the All-American Diner

Diners are affordable, accessible, and a staple of our national imagination. They’re also disappearing—and we need them now more than ever.

Mar 02, 2022
How Yams Helped My Family Survive Postwar Vietnam

To my family, yams are more than just a root vegetable.

Feb 24, 2022
Making Fruitcake for My Father as an Act of Optimism

A year in fruitcake means a year soaking in hope and optimism. Committing to the cakes meant believing that we would all see some semblance of survival.

Feb 23, 2022
Remembering My Chinese Heritage Through Re Gan Mian

Before I knew it, I finished my re gan mian, and I was filled to the brim with Wuhan, now a place no longer foreign to me.

Feb 09, 2022
Celebrating My Malaysian Heritage Through the Beauty of Rojak

Like rojak, our fluid and hybrid identities, I believe, make us more accepting as a community. Mixture is celebrated instead of shunned.

Jan 26, 2022
Learning to Live with Durians Again

Was my rejection of the durian, Southeast Asia’s King of Fruits, a betrayal of my cultural identity, of my life in Singapore?

Oct 18, 2021
I Can’t Go Home, So I Go to the Indian Grocery

Each time I contend with the reality of another month—season, year—apart from extended family, I drive my ennui to Namaste Plaza.

Oct 12, 2021
Seeking Culinary Guidance from God, My Mom, and Kelly Ripa

My first unkosher months weren’t especially guilt-ridden; if anything, it was the closest I had felt to coming of age.

Aug 30, 2021
In the Pandemic, Cooking Connected Me to My Ancestors

I could almost sense them beside me, as if the spattered index cards they’d left behind had come to life.

Jun 14, 2021
My Bicultural Comfort Food is the Spicy McChicken Sandwich

Both the sandwich and I were ‘made in China’ but with an undeniable Americanness.

Dec 09, 2020
How Saunf (or Mukhwas, or Fennel Candy) Built Me a Home

To these writers, saunf occurred in the world as a curiosity, but not as an inevitability.

Oct 20, 2020
In Praise of Spoon and Fork

Could I really not keep anything from the unbearable whiteness of being?

Wherever I Go, Kimchi Fried Rice Feels Like Home

They were our new friends, and we wanted to treat them to food from that had become special to us.

Aug 24, 2020
How My Family Cookbook Brought Me Back Home

We weren’t exactly rewriting our family traditions, but it felt good knowing that there was still a place for me in them.

May 12, 2020
Learning to Eat While Pregnant and Recovering from an Eating Disorder

I pray my baby will love their body, or at least accept it, and carry it around the world, just as I have carried them too, with pride and joy.

Apr 07, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: Noah Cho and Bryan Washington in Conversation

“The food scene in the Bay Area is dying because everything is so expensive; rent is expensive.”

Wherever the Limdi Grows: Growing Up Gujarati in Southern California

I deliberately and obstinately use the word ‘limdi’ and not the term ‘curry leaf’ because the word ‘curry’ has always bothered me.

Dec 09, 2019