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Mike McJunkin

Walking through the noodle section of your local Asian market can be overwhelming. The shelves are stacked high with a confusing array of fresh, dry, soft and hard noodles, often labeled with unfamiliar names and taking on a seemingly endless ... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Sushi & Biscuits

In the US, there are four types of food you can get at a bar. Salty things in a bowl, fried things in a basket, meaty things on a plate or deconstructed things on a board. Put a drink in an American’s hand and they’ll be holding a fistful of ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Sushi & Biscuits

It’s peak grilling season. I stand motionless, staring out my apartment window as the smoke of a thousand grills rises above the city. The air is perfumed with the savory aroma of searing proteins and aromatic herbs that trigger deep-rooted ... more

Jul 5, 2017 11:23 AM Sushi & Biscuits 1 Comments

Laying back on a bamboo mat, I stare out at the dreamlike reflection our bamboo hut makes on the rippled surface of Thailand’s Huay Tung Thao Lake. The shoreline of the lake is dotted with a dozen or more of these open-air huts, jutting out just ... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:05 PM Sushi & Biscuits

What is a curry? It seems like a simple enough question, but the concept has been muddied by well-meaning, but mistaken culinarians who wield the word like a linguistic Swiss army knife—it seems like a useful, multi-purpose Indian food descriptor ... more

May 24, 2017 11:13 AM Sushi & Biscuits

We all want to believe that magical beasts live and walk amongst us. Dragons and unicorns, mermaids and leprechauns, bigfoot and Seth Rogen; magical creatures like these have enchanted and entertained the human imagination since ... more

May 10, 2017 12:04 PM Cover Story

It always starts so innocently and so full of hope. Promises whispered carelessly, kindling a fire that has burned quietly and passionately since its embers were first sparked so many years ago. The mere mention of tender, supple pasta being ... more

May 3, 2017 11:51 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Look, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. How you eat your grilled chicken is a personal choice that you make in prayerful consultation with your family and a chicken-loving God. No one can understand the complex matrix of ... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:22 PM Sushi & Biscuits

I don’t remember the precise moment when I first became aware of souse meat, but I do remember the first time I tasted it. My grandmother always kept a small block of mottled, gray souse meat in the back of her harvest gold Frigidaire. more

Mar 22, 2017 11:31 AM Sushi & Biscuits

For much of my adult life, I was convinced that Southerners had exhausted every possible option when it came to eating pork. When a Southerner looks at an anatomical diagram of a pig, they see a roadside smokehouse menu chocked full of porky ... more

Mar 1, 2017 11:16 AM Sushi & Biscuits

There’s something both beautiful and sublime about the idea of seafood. Shimmering yellowfin tuna knifing their way through crystal clear waters; sleek swordfish spinning and soaring above choppy ocean waves; grouper gliding effortlessly ... more

Feb 8, 2017 11:19 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Not every hero wears a cape—some carry a shepherd’s staff, herd goats, and change the course of human history with a casual attitude towards eating unfamiliar berries. A popular legend says that about a thousand years ago, an Abyssinian ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:01 AM Cover Story

If you’re not already familiar with the soul-warming, hangover-curing, sickness-repelling properties of posole, then you might gaze upon this simple-looking bowl of liquid comfort and wonder what the fuss is all about. I can assure you that ... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:41 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Every card-carrying Southerner knows that there are three things you must eat on New Year’s day—black-eyed peas, greens, and hog jowls. (Add a wedge of cast-iron skillet buttermilk cornbread and earn Buck Owens bonus points.) more

Dec 28, 2016 11:37 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Just like every rational human being with taste receptors and a functioning parietal lobe, I love chocolate. Milk chocolate, sweet chocolate, couverture, gianduja—I love it all. If there’s so much as a cacao nib in the house, I will search it out ... more

Dec 7, 2016 11:56 AM Sushi & Biscuits

In 1929, a group of Thanksgiving traditionalists began to meet in secret locations around Atlanta to discuss the formation of what eventually became the Thanksgiving Preservationist ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Cover Story

Darkness falls quickly and absolutely in western Myanmar. I arrived in the tiny, coastal fishing village of Sinma just before nightfall after having endured a six hour, kidney-bruising minibus ride past endless fields of verdant sprouting rice ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Growing up, my mother always kept a bottle of La Choy soy sauce in the door of our harvest-yellow Frigidaire refrigerator. Like so many home cooks in the 70s, she would clip the occasional fried rice or stir-fry recipe from Good Housekeeping ... more

Oct 5, 2016 11:04 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Holding a shot of Thai rum inches from my nose, my new Chinese friend grinned and shouted, “Gan bei! Gan bei” into my ear, trying to make himself heard above the Thai metal band’s screaming guitar ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Cover Story

Condiments were the last thing on my mind when I sat down at one of Kedai Kat Jat’s rickety plastic tables. I had taken a taxi over to the open air restaurant in the Brickfields neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur, specifically to try their ikan pari ... more

Sep 14, 2016 12:54 PM Sushi & Biscuits

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