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Hawker Fare – Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef

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Hawker Fare – Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef is the product of chef James Syhabout’s family history, his diverse career experience, and the food of his childhood. Hawker Fare immortalizes the dishes of this celebrated restaurant, which are inspired by the open-air “hawker” markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine-dining sensibilities of Syhabout’s career beginnings. The book starts with stories from his roving career as a classically trained chef, as well as his travels as an adult in his parents’ homelands–his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s native country of Laos.

From building a pantry with sauces and oils to making staples like sticky rice and padaek, to new takes like Syhabout’s recipe for instant ramen noodles with poached egg, Hawker Fare explores the many dimensions of this singular chef’s cooking and ethos on ingredients, family, and eating well. This cookbook offers a new definition of what it means to be making food in America, in the full and vibrant colors of Thailand, Laos, and California.

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About Hawker Fare – Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef

Hawker Fare – Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef is the product of chef James Syhabout’s family history, his diverse career experience, and the food of his childhood. Hawker Fare immortalizes the dishes of this celebrated restaurant, which are inspired by the open-air “hawker” markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine-dining sensibilities of Syhabout’s career beginnings. The book starts with stories from his roving career as a classically trained chef, as well as his travels as an adult in his parents’ homelands–his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s native country of Laos.

From building a pantry with sauces and oils to making staples like sticky rice and padaek, to new takes like Syhabout’s recipe for instant ramen noodles with poached egg, Hawker Fare explores the many dimensions of this singular chef’s cooking and ethos on ingredients, family, and eating well. This cookbook offers a new definition of what it means to be making food in America, in the full and vibrant colors of Thailand, Laos, and California.

About Chef James Syhabout

James Syhabout was born in northeast Thailand and grew up in Oakland. He graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1999 and became chef de cuisine at Manresa with David Kinch. Along the way, he worked in some of the best kitchens in the world, including at The Fat Duck and Daniel Patterson’s Coi, and spent a season at El Bulli. In 2009 he opened his first restaurant, Oakland’s Commis, which holds two Michelin stars. He opened Hawker Fare in Oakland in 2011 and in San Francisco in 2015. He’s also co-owner of Old Kan Beer and Co. and the founder of Hawking Bird, both in Oakland.

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