'Made in Taiwan' Author Clarissa Wei and Influencer Brandon O'Neal Share and Transform Classic Taiwanese Dishes
TAIPEI, June 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As Taiwanese cuisine continues to gain popularity worldwide, TaiwanPlus is releasing "Kitchen Remix," an original cooking show exploring traditional Taiwanese recipes through a modern lens. Hosted by renowned author and food writer Clarissa Wei and comedian-influencer Brandon O'Neal, the program takes viewers through the history and cooking processes behind 10 iconic Taiwanese dishes — all with a contemporary, light-hearted twist. Episodes of "Kitchen Remix" will be released weekly on the TaiwanPlus YouTube channel, website, and app beginning on June 12, 2023.
Although bubble tea and Taiwanese fried chicken are popular in most major cities, according to Clarissa Wei, most people in the West have an incomplete understanding of Taiwanese food. "Through 'Kitchen Remix,' we're able to showcase Taiwanese cooking as something more than just a subset of Chinese cuisine," said Wei, who is releasing a highly anticipated cookbook titled "Made in Taiwan" later this year. "We want to give our audience an opportunity to understand the rich culinary heritage of Taiwan."
'Kitchen Remix' is also an exploration of multicultural fusion and translation, reflecting the Taiwanese American identity of Wei and O'Neal, as well as the cross-cultural mission of TaiwanPlus. In one episode, Wei shares the folk history behind traditional Taiwanese meatballs, or bawan, while O'Neal creates a Latin-inspired version with birria slow cooked meat. "TaiwanPlus is the perfect platform to share stories that are entirely new to English-speaking audiences, while demonstrating the versatility of the nation's flavors for people all over the world," says TaiwanPlus CEO Michael Yu.
The program is produced by Deep Flow Media, known for their work on renowned shows like Vice News, CBS's "60 minutes," and Vox, and marks an ongoing collaboration between the production house and TaiwanPlus.
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