When I was growing up in the white-bread hinterlands of Maine, a pu-pu platter at the Golden Fan (a Chinese restaurant) at our local Holiday Inn was as exotic as food got. But, it gave me taste for something more than bologna sandwiches.
Today, my world is a much bigger—and tastier—place, one filled with bánh mì, congee, unagi maki, and bibimbap. I now keep a bottle of Sriracha sauce in my desk drawer, and am pretty sure Momofuku’s Berkshire pork buns are the secret to happiness.
I know I am not alone in this ever-expanding obsession/love/appreciation of Asian cuisines. In the words of Danielle Chang, the savvy founder of the LUCKYRICE Festival: “Asian food is having a moment. But when isn’t it?!”
In its second year, the ultra-popular Asian food festival, LUCKYRICE, runs from May 2-8 in NYC, and includes another exciting tongue-tickling line-up of culinary events—from an Omakase Dinner with Iron Chef Morimoto to a buzzy Night Market in Brooklyn featuring over 50 restaurants serving Asia's best street food. Will I be there? Pho-getaboutit.
You can purchase tickets here. (They’re going fast, but there's still availability for the Grand Feast at the Mandarin Oriental; Opening Cocktails hosted by Opening Ceremony; and the Talk + Taste events with cooking demos.)
And check out my video Q&A with LUCKYRICE Festival visionary Danielle Chang:
Q: How was LUCKYRICE born? Can you give us a little of the backstory?
Q: LUCKRICE is turning two: What’s different/new about the festival this year?
Q: You have some pretty big names in food on your Culinary Council – David Chang, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud. Did you have to do anything special to convince them to be a part of the Council?
Q: What are your plans to grow LUCKYRICE? Are there plans to expand to other cities?
Q: What Asian dish do you crave the most/why?
Q: What’s on top of your Asia travel wish list/why?
Adrien Glover is the Online Deputy Editor at Travel + Leisure.