Street foods are the culinary equivalent of a national anthem…from the first note, musical or flavor, you know exactly the source of inspiration. A tamarind water filled panipuri speaks immediately of India; a corn tortilla wrapped around a comal seared skirt steak takes me back to Guadalajara, and a red chili prawn reminds of the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s night food stalls.
With this in mind, imagine the thrill of traveling on a tour of the best Asian street food markets, all in the name of research for a new Street Food concept in the JW Marriott Hong Kong. Now that’s what I call a tough day at the office.
Hector Pliego and William Cheng Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef respectively of the JW Hong Kong, take you through their personal journey on their blog Asian Street Foods, Wok This Way. Beginning in Singapore and eating their way through Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and Bangkok, Hector guides a magical journey of the arguably the world's best street food destinations. His photography and writing make even the most uncourageous eater want to jump on a plane for Asia, eager to tuck into a Singaporean Laksa or the Rojak Buah salad from Bangsa, KL.
Check out the blog, you’ll be inspired. Better yet, check out the new restaurant on the Lobby Level of the JW Hong Kong Marriott for a one stop shop of Asia’s best street foods, courtesy of the grueling research conducted by Chefs Pliego and Cheng.
What’s on YOUR plate today? On mine, Newton Circus’ Singapore Red Chili Skate…or anything Hector and his inspired staff conjure up from their travels.