August 18, 2022


Cooking Is My World

GTA chef dishes on East Asian cuisine

5 min read

May perhaps is Asian Heritage Month and what improved way to explore Asian culture than through its delightful food? This month we’re featuring four GTA chefs and restaurateurs who will every single dish on four unique regional cuisines: West, East, South, and Southeast. It’s a major continent, see what is actually remaining served up coastline to coast.

Our next prevent is East Asia, which consists of China, Japan, equally Koreas, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia and Taiwan. The dishes and cooking tactics vary, but the staple substances involve rice, soy beans, seafood and noodles.

Our showcased East Asian chef is Ken Yau. Ken grew up in Thornhill and launched his culinary job in some of Toronto’s most prestigious eating places. He has labored all in excess of the globe: from a a few-Michelin star restaurant in the U.K., to Australia and Hong Kong. When the pandemic strike in 2020, Ken experienced just released his 1st solo cooking business in Toronto. The whole premise of k.Dinners, a pop-up supper club series, was to provide strangers with each other for a meal. Obviously this was an untenable company product in the course of lockdown, so Ken had to pivot. His new venture, k.Sector, is a grocery and shipping principle. Ken can take inspiration from his travels, his mother’s cooking and the pleasure of community.

Get to know Ken.

(Jonathan Yau)

1. Explain to us about your culinary journey.
I started out cooking really youthful by attempting to perfect the fast noodle. In university, I initially studied to be a veterinarian. Once I recognized that cooking was my calling, I dove suitable in. I virtually knocked on the back again doorway of Nota Bene and instructed Chef David Lee that I desired to learn how to prepare dinner. That basic gesture opened so many doorways globally and I was able to perform with some truly talented folks in the market like at the 3-Michelin star restaurant The Body fat Duck. It was a combination of blind ambition, luck, guidance and a lot of a single-way tickets. It was daunting at first because I didn’t think I belonged at any of these “significant dining establishments” but I was taught early on what my well worth was, doing work at these sites. Tension was usually current but I experienced a large amount of mentors who taught me how to handle it. I was hardly ever hesitant to elevate my hand and talk to for assistance. 

2. Favourite foodie childhood memory?
As a kid, I liked mixing diverse components to develop new flavours. You could put me in a quickly-food stuff joint or a household cafe and I would mix each individual condiment they experienced. I would come up with loads of pleasurable and disgusting combinations. It was magical but was also adopted by a ton of stomachaches!  

3. If you ended up stocking the excellent pantry, what five substances would you pick out?
MSG, chicken powder, soy sauce, Hon Dashi and ketchup. You can really a lot add all those to nearly anything and it will style great.

4. What tips would you give to cooking newcomers, especially those people taking on Asian delicacies?
You should not feel way too a lot about the final product think about the act of cooking for another person or for you. The outcomes of burning a dish or adding sugar in its place of salt only price some components. In the stop, you even now developed a meal you can chortle about and have entertaining with. You study ideal when you make issues and when you attempt the dish yet again, you may know what to glance out for! Prepare dinner to share or nurture yourself. That is the heart of Asian delicacies and quite a few cuisines out there.

5. How has the pandemic taken your food stuff business in a new direction?
Adaptation was crucial. It took me two weeks to sort myself out mentally. Right after cancelling reservations for k.Dinners, the k.Dumps company model arrived to life due to the fact I needed to introduce convenience food to anyone while also producing men and women giggle a small. Just not too long ago, the business evolved into k.Current market, a digital Asian “grocery” with several objects from dumplings, prompt fried rice, sauces and spices. The intention is to motivate people today to prepare dinner much more for them selves and some others. Through convenience meals, I carry a spotlight on elements that could possibly not be common or are frequently misunderstood in Asian delicacies, this lets me to mix regular techniques and specific my creativeness.

Time to Dish! What is your favourite East Asian recipe?
I might like to share my recipe for Braised Pork Tummy. It is best to symbolize East Asia because it ties in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese elements.

(Jonathan Yau)

Braised Pork Stomach Recipe


  • 1-2 lbs Pork Tummy
  • 6 pcs of Canned Lychee in Syrup
  • 150g Lychee syrup
  • 6 Salted Plums
  • 6 Umeboshi
  • 4 Perilla Leaves
  • 150g Glutinous Rice Wine
  • 120g Water
  • 150g Soy
  • Optional: Steamed Rice


  • Lower your pork tummy into scaled-down chunks about ½ pound chunks
  • Measure all your ingredients in a pot and little by little bring to a simmer
  • Enable it simmer for 2 hours. Take away the pot from the warmth and permit it cool for at the very least an hour. If you have time, allow the bellies awesome overnight and totally take in all the flavours from the broth.
  • Slice the bellies into 1cm slices and gently heat them up in a bit of broth or they can be relished cold (slice a minor thinner, ½ cm)
  • Greatest served with a bowl of steamed rice

(Jonathan Yau)

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