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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Oct 07, 2019. 1 comments

Say hello to The Takeout's new Editor-in-Chief

Say hello to The Takeout's new Editor-in-Chief

Today, the 692nd day of The Takeout’s existence, is the most exciting day in site history since Day 1. I am happy to announce The Takeout’s new Overlord, and she will be a familiar name to readers.

Please say hello to Marnie Shure, who will officially take over as Editor-in-Chief on Oct. 21. Marnie has long anchored The Takeout’s award-eligible candy coverage, and she’s written some of my...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Sep 19, 2019. 14 comments

Confessions of an accidental food writer

Confessions of an accidental food writer

The first time I formed sentences into what I’d consider food writing happened 15 years ago, back when I was a cub reporter at the Los Angeles Times. I had stumbled upon a bakery specializing in wedding cakes that was configured most curiously—its showroom and bakery were one storefront apart, separated by a different business in between. What was in the middle? Improbably, a competing...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Sep 04, 2019. 6 comments

The state of the plain fast food hamburger

The state of the plain fast food hamburger
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The menu board at my local McDonald’s stretches across five vertical television screens, listing out items, price, and caloric level. One dish tucked away in a corner, lost in the sea of Jalapeno McChickens and Double Filet-O-Fish es, is the first item Dick and Mac McDonald sold at their San...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 31, 2019. 19 comments

Last Call: Help me, I want to learn to play chess

Last Call: Help me, I want to learn to play chess
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Dear Takeout readers: I have a request.

This week, I was struck by an urge to learn to play chess. I’ve never expressed any interest in 30-odd years, but all of a sudden I was...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 30, 2019. 15 comments

Last Call: Savor the Japanese art of sharpening knives

Last Call: Savor the Japanese art of sharpening knives
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

I’ve never paid much consideration to sharpening my knives. Once a year I’ll take them to a kitchen supply shop to get them sharpened—I know I should be going more often. At home I...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 30, 2019. 10 comments

Taco Bell is killing the wrong taco

Taco Bell is killing the wrong taco

We’ve seen a number of fast food chains pare down their menu of late—most famously McDonald’s —and this seems like a smart idea, as we’re proponents of accentuating the positives and hiding the negatives.

Now comes word via Nation’s Restaurant News that Taco Bell will be trimming down their menu in what the chain describes as “decluttering a closet.”

Except: They’re making a critical error in...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 28, 2019. 13 comments

Eat mentaiko spaghetti, the carbonara of the sea

Eat mentaiko spaghetti, the carbonara of the sea
Rec RoomHearty recommendations from The Takeout staff.  

Mentaiko spaghetti is my favorite of the Japanese-Western fusion cuisine known as Yoshoku. It takes marinated salted cod or pollock roe—briny little pink bits bursting with umami—and incorporates it in a creamy pasta that’s like a carbonara of the sea.

I don’t know how many of you have whole sacs of roe sitting in the fridge, but I find...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 28, 2019. 13 comments

National disaster declared as Popeyes says it will run out of chicken sandwiches this week

National disaster declared as Popeyes says it will run out of chicken sandwiches this week

This is a breaking news story. Please check back frequently to this page for updates.

America, the world’s shining beacon of democracy for 243 years, faced its greatest existential threat Tuesday as fast food chain Popeyes announced it will exhaust its supply of fried chicken sandwiches by week’s end.

In the last week, a pandemic of Popeyes chicken sandwich mania struck inside our nation’s...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 28, 2019. 14 comments

China went HAM for its first Costco

China went HAM for its first Costco

I am Chinese. I love Costco. So does my family. So do all my Chinese friends. We love the idea of Costco, because it is part of the Chinese DNA to seek out bargains. There’s a fantastic New Yorker story from 2011 about Chinese tourists who go on an all-inclusive tour through Europe. The takeaway is that the trip isn’t about savoring the sights, but cramming in as many landmarks in one day as...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 24, 2019. 16 comments

So what does the internet have to say about achieving super crispy chicken skin?

So what does the internet have to say about achieving super crispy chicken skin?
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

I don’t know what you turn to in times of need—your loved ones, a support group, the Bible—but I know exactly where to go to solve all my problems: the internet!

Here’s a recent...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 23, 2019. 19 comments

Alton Brown on the return of Good Eats, filmmaking, and embracing wankiness

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Alton Brown on the return of Good Eats, filmmaking, and embracing wankiness

Alton Brown wanted to talk about something else.

“It’s not that I’m uninterested in the food,” he wrote, “but frankly that’s all anyone ever wants to talk about.”

I’m exchanging e-mails with Alton Brown because the Food Network show that launched his career in food media 20 years ago, Good Eats, is being rebooted after a seven-year layoff.

To borrow a trope, there simply was nothing quite like...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 22, 2019. 21 comments

The right way to cut a cake for optimal freshness (it's not the wedge method)

The right way to cut a cake for optimal freshness (it's not the wedge method)
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

We’ve been cutting cakes the same way since time immemorial: from the center point outward, in triangular wedges. The argument against this classic method is if you’re not serving...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 20, 2019. 9 comments

Last Call: 5 minutes to a better appreciation of classical music

Last Call: 5 minutes to a better appreciation of classical music
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Like many Chinese children, I was subjected to piano lessons growing up. And like many of us forced to practice hours upon hours each day, playing the piano was a robotic, joyless...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 19, 2019. 6 comments

The rumors are true: Popeyes' fried chicken sandwich is better than Chick-fil-A's

The rumors are true: Popeyes' fried chicken sandwich is better than Chick-fil-A's

I’m able to separate politics and food, or if we’re being honest, I’m able to turn a blind eye. I find Chick-fil-A’s politics repugnant , but they’re also close to my house, their sandwiches and waffle fries are tasty, and my 3-year-old thinks the same. It weighs on my mind, believe me , but that triangulation of convenience, efficiency, and quality of food takes precedent once you become a...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 17, 2019. 13 comments

Last Call: Watching a tomato get unsliced is very satisfying

Last Call: Watching a tomato get unsliced is very satisfying
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

I doubt your brain works like mine (and if it does, condolences), but I found this video from Wryfield...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 15, 2019. 23 comments

Panda Express’s Sichuan Hot Chicken could stand to be a bit more Sichuan

Panda Express’s Sichuan Hot Chicken could stand to be a bit more Sichuan

I ordered a plate of Panda Express’s Sichuan Hot Chicken on the same day I received a preview copy of The Food of Sichuan, the forthcoming book from Fuchsia Dunlop (in my opinion the most important Chinese cookbook author in the English language ). On first blush it’d be easy to acknowledge the dichotomy—accessible American-Chinese food, next to a treatise on perhaps China’s most thrilling...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 15, 2019. 17 comments

Last Call: In praise of Graham Kerr, cooking TV's original wild man

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Last Call: In praise of Graham Kerr, cooking TV's original wild man
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

You might notice here at The Takeout we don’t spend a lot of time writing about the celebrity chefs-du-jour. Frankly, it’s hard to keep up. But our staff does have a fondness of...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets return to our lives

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets return to our lives

Why the clamor over Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets? Why has this one foodstuff cross the threshold into the pop cultural firmament? Why was Chance the Rapper pleading for its return?

The cynical among us might think Chance was in cahoots with Wendy’s marketing team. I’m not so sure. Anytime I write about Wendy’s, there’s always a groundswell of organic support for its spicy chicken nugget....

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 12, 2019. 23 comments

Dill, baby, dill: The pickle sandwich is a thing of beauty

Dill, baby, dill: The pickle sandwich is a thing of beauty
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The internet: What a place! It is a fount of strange and wonderful ideas, from Cheddar Bay Biscuit-crusted fried chicken to queso using cream of chicken soup . It is here on the internet, about a month ago, that I saw a sandwich with dill...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Aug 10, 2019. 24 comments

Last Call: Jacques Pepin, king of omelets

Last Call: Jacques Pepin, king of omelets
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Earlier this year I spent an afternoon at the Chicago restaurant Cafe Marie-Jeanne where I learned the techniques of making the best omelet I’ve ever experienced. A number of you...

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