About

Making paella at the Georgetown University Farmers’ Market

Welcome to Yang with a Dash of Yin! I happily share my passion for good food, in the hopes that you will also find pleasure, joy, and sustenance. I particularly enjoy ethnic food as a window into different cultures around the world. Good food is delicious, fresh, and seasonal. I hope my blog will inspire you to cook, learn more about food and the world we live in, and bring people together. I would love to read comments and emails from you, the reader, and form a community.

Thank you for visiting! I am so happy to teach, share, and cook with you.

My Gastronomic Journey

I fell in love with food when I studied abroad in Beijing in 2010. Food is everywhere in Beijing, and I couldn’t help but be enticed by the food around me: the crackling aroma of roasted Peking duck, the addicting mala scent of Sichuan hotpot, and the fragrant perfume of Cantonese steamed fish dosed with ginger, scallions, and sesame oil. Beijing not only featured the many regional cuisines of China, it also featured cuisines from around the world. Some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had was right across from my apartment. I also explored Persian, Turkish, Pakistani, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, Japanese, Korean, and Peruvian cuisine. The best vegetarian restaurant I’ve ever been to was run by Buddhist monks. I soaked up the sights, sounds, and flavors of this cosmopolitan city.

While in Beijing, I also watched Jamie Oliver’s TED talk, which forever changed the way I look at food. I now see food through these different lenses: food has the power to bring people together, food is beautiful, food has both the power to heal and to destroy, and food is pleasurable. Jamie Oliver’s video also made me interested in food from a public policy lens: “Today’s children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents.” This quote resonates with me. So I’m happy to see initiatives such as Let’s Move, First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation, an issue this country has neglected and exacerbated for so long. Jamie Oliver has also done the same with his Food Revolution. I sincerely hope that our generation will become a crusader for food as medicine, not food as a killer, and lead a positive example for posterity, in this country, and around the world.

Over the past several years, I’ve fallen in love with farmers’ markets, because I’ve realized that good food must come from the best and freshest ingredients.

I have no professional training as a cook: I’ve learned all of my basic cooking and knife skills from YouTube tutorials, Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Column and his “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” tomes, cooking shows, iTunes video podcasts, and Chowhound boards (which always seem to have the answer to any food-related question I have). I don’t have a fancy camera for my food photography, but I hope to get one some day!

When I’m not cooking, I enjoy reading, traveling off-the-beaten-track, listening to music, Yelping, and craft cocktails. As a classical pianist, I enjoy playing whenever I find a piano. I’m a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

5 Comments to “About”

  1. I love the way you embrace life. Can’t agree more with your views on food and cooking.

  2. I have nominated you for the Family of Bloggers Award. Congrats!

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