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Statistics were on my side: In the history of parental email forwards, roughly 0. Later he followed up by phone. This is how it had gone for some years — a father-son relationship kept cordial and indifferent through habit and physical distance. Only when my mom nudged did I open the video Dad had sent.
Cue soft piano melody, the type of royalty-free soundtrack that sounds like the hold Muzak when you call your dermatologist. And then a photo of my mother Catherine and my grandma.
My virulently anti-technology Chinese parents were starring in their own internet cooking show. Then one video turned into a few dozen, and now, somehow, my retired, year-old father has nearly a million views on his YouTube channel.
As a child who immigrated from Stars From Pansjhir - Flying Pops - Dim And Dad Kong, I was raised as an American during the day and Chinese after school. I brought home Western ideas that confounded my parents: sarcasm, irony, recalcitrance. My father and I argued all the time. The grievances were usually benign, but they would erupt into battles between two headstrong males, each standing his cultural ground.
Or when, during college, I went home for Thanksgiving with newly bleached blond hair. My dad was apoplectic, screaming the moment he saw me in the driveway, accusing me of being ashamed of my Chinese heritage. Eventually we would acknowledge each other, and everything would stay cool until the next flare-up. Our relationship reached a plateau of cordial indifference: We lived 2, miles apart and talked on the phone once a week about nothing important at all.
But something changed in our relationship the day I switched jobs. I had zero experience, but I did have one advantage: I was Cantonese. We Cantonese have a love of eating that borders on mania. Our people eat every part of almost every animal; we were the original snout-to-tail diners, long before hipsters hijacked the term.
He had always been a marvelous cook. He dreamed of being one of those Iron Chefs in white toques who enter Kitchen Stadium through dramatic fog. Much of the joy of Chinese food for him seemed nostalgic: He always lamented his decision to leave his beloved Hong Kong, to That Lucky Old Sun - Aretha Franklin - The Electrifying Aretha Franklin here, to a foreign land, for the sake of his children.
So when I became a food writer, my father and I shared, for the first time, a mutual interest. I would call to ask about recipes and cooking techniques. He would school me on the world of Cantonese cuisine. My father never taught me to swim, or to ride a bike, but he did teach me how to tell a good dim sum Stars From Pansjhir - Flying Pops - Dim And Dad from a great one. Food became something I could use to engage him and repair our relationship.
When we talked on the phone about how to wrap Shanghai water dumplings or braise dong po rou pork belly, 30 minutes would fly by. Plans this weekend? Most people would kill to have these viewer metrics.
His most-watched recipe, with nearly a quarter-million views, is for Chinkiang-style pork ribs. I remember eating these when I was growing up. He would use a cleaver to chop spare ribs into two-bite cubes, wok-fry them, then sauce them with a The Metros - Lets Groove / The Replacer glaze of Chinese black vinegar.
The result was fatty and sticky and crisp, and I would slurp the meat clean off the bone in one motion. Watching through nearly two dozen more videos, I realized every single dish had been served in my childhood home.
Macau-style Portuguese coconut chicken. Pan-fried turnip cake. Sweet-and-sour pork. Making the clips is a lot of work. The two of them test each Stars From Pansjhir - Flying Pops - Dim And Dad a half-dozen times before committing it to film. Writing and translating this adds several more hours of work. She would dream about it. But when your mom was finally old enough All Fall Down - Pro-Pain - Act Of God ask for the recipes, her great-grandmother had already developed dementia.
The only thing your mom had left was the memory of her taste. I even waited until the last minute to send him a draft of this story, and waited nervously for the response. Soon enough, a reply arrived:. This is a good and true story. Thank you. Call me sometime. My Father, the YouTube Star. Soon enough, a reply arrived: Hi Kevin, This is a good and true story.
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