Month: May 2021

Restaurateurs discuss criticism of Hot Crispy Oil and culinary appropriation

When John Trimble launched Hot Crispy Oil last year, he did not anticipate the condiment would make a splash in all the ways it did.

After the Times Union published a story in July on Hot Crispy Oil and Trimble’s turn from closing La Serre, his family’s 43-year-old French restaurant in downtown Albany, to starting a condiment business, sales for Hot Crispy Oil soared. The blend of oil with spices and hot peppers has sold 50,000 jars since its launch last summer.

Criticism that Trimble, a white man, was stealing ideas from Chinese culture rose, too. A letter to

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Watch Now: New owner of Viet Huong focuses menu on Vietnamese cuisine | Dining

Review of Viet Huong restaurant. STEPHEN PINGRY, Tulsa World


The name outside remains the same, but what goes on inside Viet Huong, 7919 E. 21st St., has changed quite a bit.

The restaurant has occupied this spot since 1990, when Vietnamese native Cuong “Billy” Tran opened it, serving Chinese-American foods as well as what was at the time the slightly more exotic dishes of his homeland.

Tran passed away in 2017, and two years later his family announced they had sold the restaurant (Tran’s daughters have since opened their own place, Kai Vietnamese, in downtown Tulsa).






Viet-Huong

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Covid Feeds Eating Disorders and the Dark Side of Asia’s Obsession With Beauty

At a recent doctor’s visit, my endocrinologist admonished me for gaining two pounds. “You’re not obese” — I’m not even close — “but it’s something to watch,” he told me.

I left the appointment equal parts indignant and unsure. It wasn’t the first time I’d encountered this level of frankness about my body or appearance since moving to Asia. When I was pregnant in Hong Kong, my Chinese teacher confirmed that I must be having a boy. “Boys give mothers beauty, girls take it away,” she said. Years later, my property agent in Singapore was relieved to hear I was

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