Los Angeles Food Truck: The Manila Machine

Photo by multiculturalcookingnetwork

Photo by multiculturalcookingnetwork

At a recent event, The Manila Machine was on the scene.  The gourmet Filipino food truck tempted a young Filipino guy and companion describing herself as non-Filipino.  The sandwich of choice is longanisa sausage. Complimented with spring roll and an adobo dipping sauce.  As only fitting we get the review from customers just sinking their teeth into the food of the Manila Machine for the first time.

 

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Marveling over Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen has  been acting for a long time from the small screen to the big screen but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD has MING-NA WENpropelled  her TV stardom.  She actress was born on the island of  Coloane Island, Macau located  40 miles from Hong Kong.    As a toddler she was move to New York with her mother.  After a few years her mother met and married  Soo Lim Yee.  His family owns a restaurant in Pittsburg called the Chinatown Inn.

A Few more Interesting Facts

  • Chosen by Goldsea Asian-American Daily as one of the “100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time” (ranked #49).
  • One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
  • Speaks Mandarin

10 Chinese Dishes That Real Chinese People Don’t Eat

There is Chinese food and then there is Americanized Chinese food. Both can be delicious, but it’s always good to know the difference between the two. To kick off Chinese Food Week, Girl Meets Food editor Mary Kong has graciously compiled a listicle to help you out.

Like many cuisines, authentic Chinese cooking has been bastardized over the decades. What Chinese people really eat at home—lots of vegetables, a sprinkle of meat, maybe some fruit—it’s not glamorous, but it’s simple comfort food. Everything is served family-style and everyone has a seat at the table. You won’t see desserts on most Chinese menus. In fact, if you knew what we really ate at home, you’d probably turn green. Here’s a list of popular Chinese dishes that are not really Chinese.  READ MORE

Multi-Cultural Cast Members of Glee

Although, we have featured many stories on cast members of Glee we are not Gleeks.   Why have we done story after story on cast members of Glee over the years?  The cast is so multi-cultural in comparison to many other shows on television.  That is refreshing.  Having worked in the casting department of several shows, I am definitely sensitive to the subject.  As a writer, I do think that Glee fails miserably when it comes to writing for African Americans and  it has some casting issues too.  It is my Achilles heel, one for each foot  but I am not going there today.  Let’s stay positive and simply recognize the cast.  In today’s society more than ever in the United States, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Darren Criss with brother, mother and dad.

For instance to look at the very popular Darren Criss, you think “White Boy.”  Well, you would be partly right.  According to ethnicelebs.com, Criss is Irish, Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese.  In an interview you can watch him describe his love for Filipino food while visiting Manila.

Harry Shum plays Mike Chang.  In real life Shum’s first language is Spanish.  He is a Costa Rican born Chinese guy.  See our Exclusive Interview.   

Newer cast member Sugar Motta played Vanessa Lengies is both Egyptian and German. READ MORE

Special Guest John Stamos  played a dentist on Glee.  If he was dentist then I don’t think I would have a problem with getting cleaning on a regular basis.  Stamos is one of Hollywood most widely known American Greeks to the point of landing Greek yogurt commercials.  However, the Greek is only one half Greek.  READ MORE

naya RiveraNaya Rivera plays Santana.  Naya recently told MTV that she is is half Puerto Rican, one quarter German, and one quarter African-American.   In her earlier days she played an African American on family matters.  On Glee, she is a proud Latina.  Her cultural ambiguity didn’t exactly help the actress when she was just starting out in the business. READ MORE

Lea Michelle plays Rachel Berry. Doesn’t she have the most beautiful chocolate brown hair.  Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic while her father is of Spanish Sephardic Jewish ancestry, and Lea was raised Catholic.

Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz plays Tina Cohen-Chang.  She is   is an KoreanAmerican.   Tina was born in South Korea but she was adopted at the age of three months and raised in East Meadow, New York.

Gulaman Fruit Cocktail and (Gelatin in Coconut Milk) Drink Recipes

Gulaman, in Filipino cuisine, refers to the bars of dried seaweed used to make jellies or flan, as well as the desserts made from it.Agarose or agar is made of processed seaweed, mostly from Gelidium corneum–one of the most common edible alga, dehydrated and formed into foot-long dry bars which are either plain or coloured.

The gulaman jelly bars are used in the various Filipino refreshments or desserts such as sago at gulaman (or gulaman at sago, commonly shortened to sago’t gulaman), buko pandanagar flanhalo-halo, different varieties of Filipino fruit salads, black gulaman, and red gulaman.

Drink Ingredients :

  • 1 bar gulaman (unflavoured gelatin), red or green
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 medium coconut, grated
  • 1/2 cup pinipig, toasted

SEE DIRECTIONS

FRUIT COCKTAIL RECIPE

Review of Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook

Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook is an impressive cookbook in its tutorial and somewhat narrative story telling.  It is the kind of book that should be read over and over again if not simply based on the introduction to each new chapter from appetizers to dessert.  Many non-Asian people are  intrigued by Asian cuisine but intimidated by the mere thought of preparing it will find peace for their apprehensions.  Author Corinne Trang’s voice in her writing comes across as a gentle teacher skilled at figuring out how to make the student not only understand but relate to the content.  I was immediately impressed at the easy read and inspired to try the recipes.  Morever, the book leaves you feeling enlightened about Asian culture and cooking.  READ MORE

The Asian Equation in American Life and Politics- Spoken Word by Jason Chu

So many Americans tend to speak of the inhabits in only terms of Black and White.  Despite growing Latino and Asian populations we are stuck in a yester year perception of America which has always been a fallacy propagated too long.  With the media in the hands of more people than ever before we have of a potential to stop the madness, stop the lies and combat stereotypes.  This short two minute spoken word video by Jason Chu is worthy of your time.  See Stats of Asian American Voting Trends

I would add his video apology about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple is equally compelling(Click here). -Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

Kids Book Review: Apple Pie Fourth of July

This book is written by Janet Wong. Review from School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 2-This simply told story explores a child’s fears about cultural differences and fitting in with understanding and affection. A Chinese-American girl helps her parents open their small neighborhood grocery store every day of the year. However, today is the Fourth of July and her parents just don’t understand that customers won’t be ordering chow mein and sweet-and-sour pork on this very American holiday.  READ MORE

NBA Winning Coach: The Multi Cultural Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra is an NBA coach who was born to a father of Dutch and Irish descent and a Filipino mother named Elisa Celino.  Erik Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of theNational Basketball Association‘s Miami Heat. He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.  He is also the first Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues.

He is the son of DutchIrish-American Jon Spoelstra, who was an NBA executive for the Portland Trail BlazersDenver Nuggets,Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets,[4] and the grandson of the late Watson Spoelstra, a sportswriter in the Detroit area.

The Rise of Jeremy Lin- American Basketball Star of Chinese/Taiwanese Descent

Jeremy Lin – a name that few have ever heard of as little as a month ago, has become not only a household name sweeping across the basketball world, but a phenomenon whose impact extends far beyond sports. Fans and media outlets alike have become infatuated with the point guard’s sensational play as well as his improbable journey, with nicknames such as “Linsanity” and “Linderella” dominating the headlines for the past few weeks. As a result, advertisers have been lining up to grasp the marketing opportunity. The appeal is obvious; beyond the fact that Lin is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, the classic underdog story in addition to his humble, affable persona make a perfect spokesperson to reach a broad audience. (Read More)

Find out What Restaurants in New York have Jeremy Lin Inspired Food & Drink Specials