When it comes to the morning meal, Peranakans — an ethnically Chinese people living in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand — don’t mess around, as demonstrated by the bold-flavored dry pan mee noodles ($14.95) at the new Peranakan restaurant Kapitan (2142 N. Clybourn Ave., Lincoln Park). Owner Victor Low breaks down this breakfast favorite for us. 1. The Crunch Imported … Read more
Wilson Bauer, chef at East Ukrainian Village’s Flour Power, shows you how to prepare one of his menu staples.
This earthy, aromatic dessert is a close relative of rice pudding, and one that conjures up vivid memories for Dey. “I’d eat it chilled after lunch on hot summer afternoons as a school kid, or warm it up for a soothing treat on cold days,” she recalls. The Vermilion restaurant owner and sometime chef, who … Read more
“Doing a lamb pasta just made a ton of sense to me,” the Top Chef winner says of this dish, slated for the menu at his soon-to-debut Rose Mary in West Town. That’s because Flamm’s restaurant is a deeply personal homage to forebears and family, and lamb is its spirit animal: It’s long sustained the … Read more
When Menor, chef at Adobo Loko and 8th Street Treats, was growing up in Stockton, California, his family elders would make this Ilokano dish, a specialty of the northern Philippines, for New Year’s and whenever it was cold out. He loved the “hella red” pork and chicken broth with wide egg noodles, rich with bagoong … Read more
Pérez’s mother made this Puerto Rican comfort food for him as a child. “I didn’t appreciate her espaguetis as a kid, but today I embrace it,” says Pérez, who now teaches his students at Urban Pilón, a Caribbean–Latin American educational initiative that offers virtual cooking classes, how to make the hearty noodle dish. He says … Read more