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How to make bánh chung for Tết 7 MIN, 42 SEC

The Vietnamese New Year kicks off on Monday. For Diep Tran, who is chef and owner of Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Tết celebrations are not complete without making a batch of very labor intensive cakes of sticky rice, pork and beans wrapped up in banana leaves. They're called bánh chung.

Hear from Tran how she learned to make them from her grandmother. Then, ring in the lunar new year with sweet and savory bánh chung at Good Girl Dinette. And if you've got a few days, try to make "The Matriarch" with Tran's recipe on the Good Food blog.

Music: "I Love the Dough" by Notorious BIG, featuring Jay-Z

In season now: Grapefruits 6 MIN, 32 SEC

This week Santa Monica Farmers Market Manager Laura Avery speaks with Timothy Hollingsworth, chef-owner of Otium. He's shopping for ruby red grapefruit to make smoked grapefruit with cured amberjack to serve at the restaurant, which is next to The Broad museum in Downtown L.A.

Avery also checks in with AJ Bernard, of Bernard Ranches, who arranges his baskets of grapefruit in order of sweetness. You might be surprised to learn which grapefruit varieties have the most sugar.

Music: "Orange Skies" by Love

What goes into the diet of a Super Bowl contender? 12 MIN, 37 SEC

Shaun O'Hara has the answer. O'Hara is now an analyst with the NFL Network but he played professionally for 11 seasons and won Super Bowl XLII as a center with the New York Giants. Listen up to hear him tell "Good Food" what players eat leading up to the big game.

Music by Del Ray

 

Jonathan Gold does dizi at Nersses Vanak 7 MIN, 24 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author for the LA Times. This week he takes us to Nersses Vanak in Glendale for dizi, that Iranian lamb and chickpea stew flavored with turmeric and dried lime.

Nersses Vanak
6524 San Fernando Rd
Glendale CA 91201
818-550-7800

Read Gold's LA Times review of Nersses Vanak and find other restaurant recommendations on the Good Food Blog.

Music: "The Fall" by Rhye

Eating off-road in Japan 13 MIN, 4 SEC

Japan entices us as much for its wild embrace of pop culture as for its deep reverence for tradition and extreme craftsmanship. Matt Goulding is one of the founders of the food, travel and culture journal Roads & Kingdoms. In his new book, "Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture," we ride along with Goulding for an entertaining voyage to some of Japan's lesser-known spots and dishes.

Music: "Bustin' Surfboards" by The Tornadoes

 

Rice, Noodle, Fish

Matt Goulding

Retiring to the restaurant biz 7 MIN, 26 SEC

On Saturday, a giant sweet potato float will roll through the streets of Downtown Anaheim for the 36th annual Orange County Black History Parade. Gretchen Shoemaker will be on the float. Two years ago, she opened her first restaurant, Georgia's at the ripe old age of 74.

Shoemaker tells "Good Food" why she decided to retire to the restaurant business as a septuagenarian and about the classics on the soul food menu at Georgia's, some of which have recipes that go back to Civil War times. She's keeping her recipes on lock-down but there are some pictures of the Cajun coleslaw, fried chicken and peach cobbler served at Georgia's on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest and "Who You Wit" by Jay-Z

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