“Rage or fear… It oscillates. Rage I need to motivate me to try things that I can’t ordinarily do - as I’m a lazy man. Fear - to keep pushing harder so we don’t lose what we’ve accomplished.”- David Chang
Healthy Monday: Chef David Chang was inspired to make these playful rolls by a snack he had at Yunpilam, a temple in South Korea, where the nuns served him edamame mixed with walnuts and molasses. His rolls have an edamame-and-walnut filling; unlike other sushi rolls, they can be served warm.
Back before Lucky Peach was a magazine and Mind of a Chef was barely a glimmer in anyone’s eye, David Chang headed to Tokyo with a film crew to explore the ever-expanding ramen scene in the city where he’d once lived. Ivan Orkin hadn’t written an English-language cookbook yet, nor had he opened any ramen shops in America. This is the first time the two chefs met, and the background story of Ivan’s rise to international ramen fame.
Healthy Monday: In Korea, cooks typically create stir-fries with just one kind of vegetable—lotus root, say, or potatoes. Star chef David Chang decided to break with tradition and stir-fry an assortment of vegetables, including Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. Also unconventional is the maple syrup he adds to the dish; there are maple trees all around South Korea but not much maple syrup.