How do I get invited into kitchens as a stranger?
This is a familiar challenge in the food industry, especially for cooks in search of broadening their experience with stages.
There are cooks who use every connection to close in on degrees of separation. There are cooks who send emails to the world’s Michelin-starred or Pellegrino-listed restaurants and hope for a response. There are cooks who camp outside doors of restaurants they wish to work in, even though they have already been rejected.
I went through this ritual three years ago when I left my job in New York City to travel across the Asia-Pacific and stage at restaurants in the region — all without having contacts, but trusting in the journey to open doors along the way.
Could I apply the same strategy as I traveled throughout rural Sulawesi?
Continue reading “Feature | Three Kitchens”
As Crystal begins her research trip in Sulawesi, a question arises: How long and how far will she have to go to find what she’s looking for?
Find out and discover North Sulawesi’s cuisine, plants and people in this special episode.
Continue reading “Video | Sulawesi Utara”
Harvested year-round and edible only when the tip of the shoot emerges above soil, it is not the most groundbreaking species to reveal from my travels in Sulawesi.
But after eating bamboo in East Asian dishes since I was a child, it took 34 years before I was able to experience harvesting a young shoot in the wild and cooking it within the hour.
Continue reading “Recipe | Sayur Buluh ft. North Sulawesi”
ASLI FOOD PROJECT ft. Indonesia is pleased to participate in this year’s Ubud Food Festival.
Taking inspiration from Crystal’s month-long trip through Sulawesi, you can hear her stories and discoveries in more detail at two events hosted by the festival.
Click here to buy tickets to the festival.
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