‘Take Out with Lisa Ling’: Asian American cook gets the prestige streaming series it deserves | Television

Lisa Ling in a scene from HBO Max’s new streaming show “Take Out with Lisa Ling,” which highlights Asian cuisine as an integral part of the American experience.


Diana Suryakusuma Bloomberg News

Lisa Ling sits at a table laden with Cantonese and Taiwanese delicacies, platters of glazed char siu (roast pork), succulent ribs, a seafood medley, a bowl of pig’s trotters. The party is taking place in Locke, California, outside of Sacramento, though it could be held just about anywhere in the United States.

That’s the goal of Ling’s new show “Take Out with Lisa Ling” on HBO Max, which premiered last week.

Asian cuisine is an integral part of the American experience. In cities big and small, in every corner of the country, locals can eat steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho and line up at a Taiwanese bubble tea shop and eat Korean barbecue on the table grill.

It’s hard to imagine how different the landscape was 20 years ago, when Yesoon Lee – who, as co-owner of the famous Mandu restaurant in Washington, DC, has been dubbed the godmother of Korean cuisine – had to working in a Chinese airport restaurant. , because there was no other outlet for his cooking.

Viewers can learn more about this in Episode 6, which focuses on Fairfax County, Virginia; Ling observes that it is home to the third largest Korean population in the United States. She also introduces audiences to Korean karaoke, drinking games, and a couple whose dry cleaning business keeps them so busy they don’t have time to cook.

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