“After that, she no longer put me out of the kitchen. As a matter of fact, she let me participate in her cooking. She started teaching me how to cook, her and my dad. From that point on, cooking has become one of my passions.”
Growing up, there were a lot of things that I loved to do that I want to turn into my dream now. One of them is to open my own restaurant. When I was a little boy, I told myself, ‘When mom and dad cook, it smells so good, I bet I could do it myself.’ So, I got to the stove, I had to get a stool, and then I put some Ramen noodles into the pot, but to be honest, I didn’t even open the package, he laughs. I just put it in the pot and turned the stove on, no water. When my mom got home, she was furious, super upset, but she was more upset at herself than at me, because she always pushed me out the kitchen, ‘Go away until food is done.’ So, after that, she no longer put me out of the kitchen. As a matter of fact, she let me participate in her cooking. She started teaching me how to cook, her and my dad. From that point on, cooking has become one of my passions, ever since I was a little boy.
I like breaking rules in the kitchen. I remember one time, when I was a lot older, my brother walks into the kitchen, and he says, ‘What are you doing?! You can’t put that in there!’ And I told him, ‘Well, looks like you will have to watch me.’ What happens is my brother ends up eating the food that I cook so fast, I can’t even get my hands on my own food. He laughs.
I like a lot of the Asian style cooking, and I love fusion. I love the idea of mixing different styles of foods, and I love putting things together that never been thought of, and there’s nobody stopping me but me. If I was to open up a restaurant, it wouldn’t be for financial reasons. I would do it for the flavor, for passion. . . just so somebody can enjoy the flavor.
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