The Dave Chang Show. Such an insightful show on so much more than just food.
I listened to Part 1 and Part 2 of the show with Chef Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, who is opening her flagship location in Los Angleles tomorrow (7150 Melrose, off of La Brea in Fairfax).
Whereas, Christina Tosi's Chef's Table episode centered around her Milk Bar years, the podcast shares their memories of the early years together at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
I did not know Christina Tosi played such an integral part in building the foundation of Momofuku.
They speak of how much of their current success is a result of this special bond they have together, which is likened to being siblings. They are not afraid to say something the other may not want to hear. And through this honesty, they are able to raise each other up by both, celebrating their abilities and pointing out their flaws.
David Chang is not David Chang without Christina Tosi; Christina Tosi is not Christina Tosi without David Chang.
Everytime they open a new restaurant, the DNA of the two are imprinted.
Every new restaurant location, a culmination of their growth through and with each other.
David Chang must feel like a proud brother, when he sees what Christina Tosi as done, at her newest location.
Subscribe to the show.
Listen to the episode with Christina Tosi.
And checkout her LA location.
click below for links to the podcasts and milk bar website
i gifted an elvis cd to an uncle once.
it was the greatest hits collection: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which was released september 24, 2002.
i was so happy to discover that he was listening to it in his car, years later, when he picked me up at the airport during a visit.
he has since left this earth.
i know that listening to elvis was a great departure from what he was listening to on a day-to-day basis. as a father, husband and an immigrant running a business, you get caught up in life and you stop hearing the music, never mind, having the space to think of going out to buy a cd.
so like most korean-americans, he listened to the korean radio, which provided local news and news from the motherland.
i like to believe the elvis cd brought him some joy- making his days a little brighter, reminding him of a past when appreciating music was not a luxury.
i listen to elvis in his remembrance today.
What does LA in LA Galbi stand for?
When the early Korean settlers came to Los Angeles- they found themselves without butcheries that cut short ribs in the traditional style (which was a chunk of meat on one cut rib called Galbi) and had to assimilate to eating it the way it was cut in the States (which was cut thinly in several ribs, as you see in the picture above).
It was cooked this way in Korean homes and restaurants in Los Angeles before Los Angeles became the highest populated city of Koreans outside of Korea. But as the demand for the traditional cut grew with the population growth, butchers/butcheries started adapting.
It is now more rare to find LA Galbi than Galbi in restaurants. Although, LA Galbi is preferred when cooking at home.
Then I found out there is another claim that LA comes from the name of the type of cut it is- Lateral Axis, which is a technical explanation.
However, they are both laterally cut making it an indistinguishable feature.
It is my conclusion then... that LA in LA Galbi stands for: Los Angeles.