Hawker Fare Stories Recipes from a Refugee Chef s Thai Isan Lao Roots From chef James Syhabout of two Michelin star restaurant Commis an Asian American cookbook like no other simple recipes for cooking home style Thai and Lao dishesJames Syhabout s hugely popular Hawke

  • Title: Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Thai Isan & Lao Roots
  • Author: James Syhabout John Birdsall
  • ISBN: 9780062656100
  • Page: 474
  • Format: ebook
  • From chef James Syhabout of two Michelin star restaurant Commis, an Asian American cookbook like no other simple recipes for cooking home style Thai and Lao dishesJames Syhabout s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures from his motherFrom chef James Syhabout of two Michelin star restaurant Commis, an Asian American cookbook like no other simple recipes for cooking home style Thai and Lao dishesJames Syhabout s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures from his mother s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand s northeast region, and his father s home in Pakse, Laos he and his family landed in Oakland in 1981 in a community of other refugees from the Vietnam War Syhabout at first turned away from the food of his heritage to work in Europe and become a classically trained chef.After the success of Commis, his fine dining restaurant and the only Michelin starred eatery in Oakland, Syhabout realized something was missing and that something was Hawker Fare, and cooking the food of his childhood The Hawker Fare cookbook immortalizes these widely beloved dishes, which are inspired by the open air hawker markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine dining sensibilities of James s career beginnings Each chapter opens with stories from Syhabout s roving career, starting with his mother s work as a line cook in Oakland, and moving into the turning point of his culinary life, including his travels as an adult in his parents homelands.From building a pantry with sauces and oils, to making staples like sticky rice and padaek, to Syhabout s recipe for instant ramen noodles with poached egg, Hawker Fare explores the many dimensions of this singular chef s cooking and ethos on ingredients, family, and eating well This cookbook offers a new definition of what it means to be making food in America, in the full and vibrant colors of Thailand, Laos, and California.

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    1. I wouldn't normally include a cookbook in my feed. The first 100 pages of this beautifully illustrated homage to Lao cooking are a memoir of Syhabout's childhood as the son of Lao emigres in Oakland, CA, and it's beautifully told. It's a picture of growing up in a tight-knit community struggling (successfully) to stay afloat in a new world, of the intersection of the Lao, other Asian, African-American, Hispanic, and white communities that are Oakland, of returning to Laos to visit. Most of all [...]

    2. The memoir/biography part runs long (and I don't really go to cookbooks for memoirs and biographies), but he wrote it well and I don't think many people really know much about what Laotian immigrants have experienced. The actual cookbook part is a little short, but the pictures are well done and the recipes are solid. Laotian food isn't too familiar in the U.S but this is a good start for people who don't have access to Laotian restaurants or friends.

    3. As a first-generation Laotian, I identify with Syhabout's story. I've been trying to cook more traditional dishes at home, so this is a welcome addition to our arsenal (aside from my Mom's memory). I'm looking forward to working our way through the recipes!

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