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Hot Pot Ambassador Dinner with Kian Lam Kho

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Big thanks to Kian for a beautiful meal, bronchitis Jeff for organizing, remedy and Talisa for this recap of the rooftop Hot Pot Ambassador Dinner.  Oh boy, I’m getting hungry again.
– Veronica

When Jeff’s email blast arrived in my inbox announcing the next Ambassador Dinner — an evening of traditional Asian hot pot dining with Kian Lam Kho — it took me about fifteen seconds to send in my RSVP.

I love hot pot. It’s something I grew up doing with my family at home (somewhat infrequently, but with zest — usually in conjunction with a slew of sweet and savory fondue nights, the better to make use of the cooking equipment needed for such endeavors).

The concept of Hot Pot is simple: a pot of hot broth sits in the center of the table on a burner which keeps the broth simmering. Everyone at the table partakes in adding a variety of uncooked items (like veggies, meat, seafood, dumplings, and noodles), and fishing them out as they’re ready to eat. Since most of the ingredients aren’t seasoned, additional flavor is added via the broth during cooking, as well as with dipping sauces after cooking. At the end, everyone slurps up the remaining broth, which has been infused with the flavors of everything that’s been cooked in it throughout the night.

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Van Gogh is Bipolar

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This is going to be my third time in Van Gogh Is Bipolar in the span of three weeks. My cousin Ashley introduced me to this small, beautiful hole in the wall when I was down in the dumps some two weeks ago, and the cafe’s pebbly courtyard, the violet fairy lights and a perfect cup of tea was the best defiance to a thoroughly rough day.

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Korean Cuisine Redefined

Ravioli, ampoule pickled beef tongue, life and sashimi were just three of the dishes that were served earlier this month for Korean Cuisine Redefined — none of which you will probably find on the menu at your local Korean restaurant.  Held at the Korean Consulate in New York on October 5th, contagion the tasting featured five Korean American chefs and their own take on redefining Korean cuisine. To get to know a little more about the food and the inspiration behind it, let’s meet the chefs!

Rachel Yang, Akira Back, Youngsun Lee, Andrew Chang, Tommy Lee
Rachel Yang, Akira Back, Youngsun Lee, Andrew Chang, and Tommy Lee

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