at my grandfather’s grocery store in New York City’s Chinatown.
These are my earliest memories of tasting Cantonese BBQ. As a toddler, I remember the BBQ chefs handing me a treat of crispy pork belly or roast duck.
In that moment, and still to this day, Cantonese BBQ brings me great joy.
I seek it out in every city I visit.
I eat it when I want to celebrate.
I eat it when I need comfort.
It is my soul food.
My old friend and mentor, Chef Martin Yan, once told me, “Food is a bridge. It helps build cultural understanding.”
In these times, I hope that YāYā can bring some joy and understanding into the world.
-Steven Chin, chef