I remember always watching my father cook in the little stall at the front of the restaurant and thinking to myself, I’ve gotta try that at home. Anytime I wasn’t at HONK, I was at home with my grandmother, always pestering her to let me help in the kitchen, cutting vegetables or washing them. Before I could even reach the kitchen counter, I would stand on a stool to watch and emulate my grandmother slice ginger and scallions. I remember the first dish I ever made was for my father, stir fried bok choy. It was the simplest and easiest dish my grandmother would allow me to make, standing on that stool hovering over the wok. That evening I must have asked my dad over a dozen times how good the bok choy was. I was over the moon knowing that I had created something on my own that someone was able to enjoy. I took so much pride and joy from it. That hasn’t changed much even to this day. The only difference is I don’t jump up and down like a little school girl, which I was back then, and I don’t have a big cheese ball smile permanently stuck on my face or that hideous rice bowl hair cut my dad personally styled for me.
After years of watching my grandparents cook and my father cook at HONK, serving and busing at the restaurant, and then attending culinary school, I’ve finally stepped off the stool and can now stand side by side next to my father and proudly dish up and serve real customers in a real restaurant kitchen. In September 2009, my father and I opened FANG, a modern Chinese restaurant located in SOMA. In the last few months, I’ve found that while opening a restaurant and creating dishes everyday for customers to enjoy provides me with the utmost satisfaction, I’ve also discovered a new passion…teaching and helping others find the same satisfaction I gain from creating dishes for others to enjoy. This led me to starting Fangalicious. In starting this blog I had 3 things in mind which I wanted to achieve.
1. Provide simple healthy Asian inspired recipes for non-cooks at home so that they can not only feed themselves but also their loved ones. I am certainly not a health nut but a girl’s gotta watch her figure right? So when I’m not indulging on some of my favorite things to eat and cook, which are Italian and Rustic French (my comfort food), I try to eat healthy. And there are so many ways we can make healthy Asian inspired dishes at home without breaking a sweat. Hopefully my blog will help you with that!
2. Now that you know my favorite indulgences are actually Italian and Rustic French it’s only fair that I get to share with you all of my favorite recipes for Italian and French dishes. I drool just thinking about a good plate of pasta. :)
3. My final objective is to always keep my blog interesting, fun, and innovative so that anyone reading it can be just as excited as I am about food and find cooking not only satisfying for the tummy but for the soul.