When you arrive in a new country, one of the things you miss most is food from home. Those comfort foods your parents used to make or ones you shared with friends at a favorite restaurant.
For this episode, I interviewed women with different cultural backgrounds about the experience of seeking out the feeling one gets from those meals. From Jamaica to South Korea, these women have found ways to recreate food experiences from their childhoods in their Parisian kitchens.
Featuring: Sutanya Dacres, Eileen Cho, Jocelyn Ho, Erika Bendayan, Abinet Berhanu and Sandra Freiman.
Restaurants/Places referenced (à Paris):
For Swedish treats: Affaren, in the 17th. This market offers authentic Swedish products and meals in their built-in café. Sandra was getting ready for the Midsommar holiday when we met there and mentions princess cake and smörgåstårta, both mainstays offered at Affaren.
For Korean/Asian snacks: K-mart, in the 1st. This K(for Korean) market offers the main ingredients Eileen mentions in her interview. From classic seaweed soup mixes to "Chicken on Fire" ramen and "Samsung" rice.
For authentic Ethiopian coffee: Habesha Restaurant in the 15th. This restaurant is owned by an Ethiopian family and offers traditional meals and "Buna" (coffee), roasted sur place and then passed around the room so everyone can smell the aroma of the beans.
To try "Lion's head": Zen zoo in the 2nd. This Taiwanese restaurant is where Chopchick co-founder Jocelyn says you can try this authentic Taiwanese meatball dish and then pop over to Chatime for a Boba tea dessert.
And finally, if you're curious to know more about Chopchicks in Paris, click here to learn more and reserve a spot at their next dinner!
Special thanks to all my interviewees for taking the time to meet and share your cultures with our listeners!
Music: Manisero in Potemkin by Gnawledge
Photo credit: Erika Bendayan, whose discovery of Colombian Pan flour in Paris' African markets was one of the best discoveries made by your humble host during the production of this episode.