We caught up with Danielle Chang – the founder of Asian food festival, Lucky Rice – to talk about her kitchen’s edible essentials, including live seafood, kimchi and (naturally) coffee ice cream…
Fridge Full of kimchi? The Asian food craze is very real in America — especially in the wellness world where bone broth and fermented everything is high on our list of edible priorities — and Danielle Chang gives the trend life in a big way.
In addition to authoring the Oprah-approved cookbook, Lucky Rice, this lady boss foodie is known for her Lucky Rice festivals across the country and her PBS show Lucky Chow, all of which strive to celebrate authentic Asian culture and cuisine. When Danielle’s not killing it on the culinary scene, she’s often heating things up in her own kitchen in a way we love, and we’re exploring below!
“If we are what we eat, then we’re all part Asian.” -Danielle Chang
We’re poking around Danielle’s fridge and talking about everything she stocks it with and for: from protein-packed hot pots to condiments we’re not confident pronouncing (but can’t wait to get obsessed with), take a peek here…
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:
RECIPE STAPLES ALWAYS ON HAND:
I love them all – fish, chicken, steak!
DAIRY OR NON-DAIRY FAVES:
Coffee ice cream.
MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLES:
Rice, fish sauce and anything pickled.
SWEETS + OTHER INDULGENCES:
A young coconut with just a splash of black rum.
FAVE VEGGIE + WHAT YOU MAKE WITH IT:
Daikon. It’s super versatile – it can be pickled easily, adds a nice crunch to everything, can be sautéed or enjoyed raw.
SIMPLE GO-TO RECIPE:
Rice-cooker ginger chicken.
INGREDIENT THAT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER:
Scallions and red onions.
FOR LAST MINUTE ENTERTAINING:
Chinese-style hot pot never disappoints!
BEST SHOPPING TIPS:
I’m all for buying what looks fresh – farmers markets are my go-to!
BEST LABEL-READING TIP:
If I don’t recognize 75% of the ingredients, I usually pass.
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP:
CRAZIEST THING I BUY:
Live crab and fish, but it’s not that crazy for me!
WHAT’S IN MY SHOPPING BAG:
Usually all of the above.