• Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix

    6 monthes ago - By NY Times

    In “Ugly Delicious,” the star chef chases the best pizza and barbecue, talks about authenticity and racism, and whips up some crazy Spam fried rice.
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  • The ‘Ugly Delicious' Squad Embarks on a Dumpling Odyssey in ‘Stuffed'

    The ‘Ugly Delicious' Squad Embarks on a Dumpling Odyssey in ‘Stuffed'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    Recapping episode eight of Netflix's food show Italian stuffed pasta and Asian dumplings face off in the season finale of Netflix's Ugly Delicious. To lay out the argument for what constitutes a dumpling - and more importantly, which is the superior food - Momofuku head honcho David Chang sets up a mock debate with his friend, chef Mario Carbone, moderated by actor Nick Kroll. The friends engage in quite a bit of trash talking as they lay down their arguments for their respective pouches of dough, though in reality, both have respect for the opposing side.
    The similarities and differences...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Unwraps the Magic of Family Meals in ‘Home Cooking'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Unwraps the Magic of Family Meals in ‘Home Cooking'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    On his Netflix food show, chef David Chang breaks bread with the people who matter most The “home cooking” episode of Netflix's Ugly Delicious takes viewers out of professional restaurant kitchens and into spaces where familial memories are formed. David Chang opens the episode by cooking galbitang , a Korean short rib stew, for his wife, Grace, at their New York City apartment, and he closes things out with a Korean-American Thanksgiving feast at his parents' house in Virginia. In between, Chang visits Copenhagen to dine with Noma chef René Redzepi and his family.
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    On his Netflix show, David Chang looks at the state of Chinese food in America What is Chinese food and why do Westerners view it differently - and Asian food more broadly - than other cuisines? This is the crux of episode seven of Netflix's new series with chef David Chang, Ugly Delicious. The founder of the Momofuku Group uses fried rice as a springboard for conversations about how Chinese food is largely misunderstood and devalued in American culture. Chang gathers together a group of critics, chefs, and tastemakers to help tell the story, including Master of None co-creator Alan...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Tackles a Southern Shellfish Rivalry in ‘Shrimp & Crawfish'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Tackles a Southern Shellfish Rivalry in ‘Shrimp & Crawfish'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    David Chang and his pals eat their way through New Orleans, Houston, and Ho Chi Minh City in this seafood-centric episode of Netflix's food show On the “shrimp & crawfish” episode of Ugly Delicious , David Chang and his roster of guest chefs discuss the Gulf Coast's favorite shellfish -and boy, is there a lot to chew over.New Orleans vs. Houston. Tradition vs. change. Cajun vs. Vietnamese. Chang wants to prepare these crustaceans via methods that will allow for optimal deliciousness, but he's frustrated by the fact that in deep-rooted food cultures, that idea is trumped by “the way it's...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Embarks on a Tortilla Crawl to End Them All in ‘Tacos'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Embarks on a Tortilla Crawl to End Them All in ‘Tacos'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    David Chang and his pals retrace the origins of the taco and look toward the future of the dish The taco episode of Netflix's Ugly Delicious explores the seemingly endless permutations of a dish that is beloved by chefs and diners around the world.
    At the start of the episode, Chang and food writers Jonathan Gold, Gustavo Arellano, and Peter Meehan head out on a taco crawl of Los Angeles that includes stops at a celebrated shrimp taco truck, a tacos Arabes stand, and, as a counterpoint, a combination KFC/Taco Bell. Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Chang meets with Rosio Sanchez, an American expat...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Delves Into the Complicated History of an American Staple in ‘Fried Chicken'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Delves Into the Complicated History of an American Staple in ‘Fried Chicken'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    This is one of the heaviest episodes of the hit Netflix food show The “fried chicken” episode of Ugly Delicious is heavy and uncomfortable and spends nearly an hour addressing subject matter that is often glossed over by chefs and diners who don't want to experience heavy and uncomfortable moments. Fried chicken is a universal food. Different versions have come out of different cultures around the world. In America, unfortunately, it's also a food tied to racist stereotypes that can be traced back to enslaved Africans cooking the dish for their captors.
    Host and Momofuku chef-restaurateur...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Travels through the Wide World of Smoke in ‘Barbecue'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Travels through the Wide World of Smoke in ‘Barbecue'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    In his Netflix show, David Chang and his crew explore smoked meat culture around the world The barbecue episode of Ugly Delicious revolves around the idea that something magical happens when meat is cooked with live fire and smoke - whether it's Peking duck, Texas-style brisket, or Korean short ribs. Since regional barbecue styles are often rigidly defined and its traditions are fiercely protected, it can be hard for innovation to peek through all that smoke. And because so much pride is wrapped up in barbecue, it can be difficult for meat-smokers from different parts of the world to agree...
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  • ‘Ugly Delicious' Questions the Importance of Authenticity in ‘Pizza'

    ‘Ugly Delicious' Questions the Importance of Authenticity in ‘Pizza'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    David Chang and his friends eat a lot of pizzas in the name of research In the first episode of Netflix's Ugly Delicious , chef/host David Chang and his pals visit restaurants all over the world with one goal in mind: to determine just how important “traditional” ingredients and cooking methods are to creating the dish we know as pizza.
    Chang and food writer Peter Meehan first head to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn to dine at Mark Iacono's celebrated pizzeria, Lucali, where Iacono explains that he's really only interested in the traditional toppings and ingredients. Dave then travels to Tokyo...
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  • A Guide to David Chang's New Netflix Show ‘Ugly Delicious'

    A Guide to David Chang's New Netflix Show ‘Ugly Delicious'

    6 monthes ago - By Eater

    On the Momofuku chef's first TV project in five years, he's exploring pizza, barbecue, dumplings, and so much more All eight episodes of David Chang's new food/travel show Ugly Delicious are now streaming on Netflix. For his first major TV project in five years,the Momofuku chef/restaurateur teamed up with Academy Award-winning producer/director Morgan Neville ( 20 Feet from Stardom , The Music of Strangers ) on a show that uses food as a prism for exploring cultural identity.
    Unlike Chang's first TV endeavor, The M ind of a Chef , this new show does not include a lot of cooking...
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