For more than 30 years celebrity chef and world traveler Susan Feniger has been cooking street food inspired by the faraway places she’s visited. In her latest cookbook, “Susan Feniger’s Street Food,” which will be out July 17, she shares her twist on meals from street corners in places like Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. So when Susan invited me to come sample some of her recipes at her Hollywood, Calif., restaurant Street, I jumped at the chance.
When I got there, Susan sat me down and fed me. I mean she literally picked up a fork and had me try some of the best-tasting food I’d ever had. The global menu includes vegetarian dishes like date and kamut fritters from the Middle East; Japanese mustard spinach with tofu and Pad Thai — all amazing. After going from her Malaysian black pepper clams to her take on Syrian lamb meatballs, I felt like I had crisscrossed the globe in just a few minutes.
Susan was inspired to create the kaya toast, one of the classic meals on the menu, when she was drunk on the streets of Singapore, she explained. Her hangover remedy was to put coconut jam in between two thick slices of toasted, buttered white bread, served next to a sunny-side-up egg topped with soy sauce. I knew she was a woman after my own heart after the first crunchy, creamy, yoke-drenched bite.
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