David Chang is popping out with a brand new meals present and we’re already hungry.
The restaurateur can be teaming up with director Morgan Neville to launch a documentary collection on Netflix referred to as “Ugly Scrumptious.” In accordance with a press launch the present will go exterior of “polished kitchens” to discover the intersection of tradition and meals.
“Meals is one thing all of us have in frequent. It’s a necessary a part of who we’re and the way we create connections throughout cultures,” Chang mentioned within the launch. “In that spirit, we introduced collectively a number of the individuals we admire most to make ′Ugly Delicious’ a collaborative discussion board, a spot the place it’s okay to have sturdy opinions and trustworthy conversations about meals.”
The present, an eight-episode collection premiering on Feb. 23, will function writers, fellow cooks and superstar friends, together with comic Ali Wong, chef Nina Compton and actor Steven Yeun. The episodes will sort out a variety of eats from road meals to haute delicacies, with subjects like Viet-Cajun delicacies in Houston and Neapolitan pizza in Tokyo. Within the teaser clip above, Chang and Wong talk about discovering a very good, genuine pho spot.
And in keeping with Wong, the most effective pho isn’t at all times served by essentially the most pristine, Yelp-approved institution.
“Yelp continues to be not reliable,” she says within the clip. “There’s those that fuck it up. They mislead me to some whack-ass pho place as a result of individuals have been well mannered and the lavatory’s good. However the broth is bullshit.”
She provides, laughing, “I need to know what share [of Yelp users who] gave it 5 stars are Asian.”
The present’s title refers to Chang’s #uglydelicious motion, which began as a hashtag on Instagram utilized to photographs of meals that won’t look lovely to everybody, however style rattling good.
Chang started utilizing the hashtag after deciding to embrace meals that he as soon as discovered uncool, like home-cooked meals, Korean meals and something he grew up consuming, he advised Eater Upsell in June. However he’s since shifted his standpoint, studying to really feel snug round meals that don’t match the Western mould.
“Like curry — curries are most likely the ugliest meals you might probably make. Plenty of Korean meals, some Chinese language meals, is ugly in the event you take a look at it from a Eurocentric, American standpoint,” he mentioned. “It’s lovely and fairly pure for mainly everybody else.”