As one channel surfs the many streaming services available nowadays, the cooking, travel, and fun commentary on Family Style brings a refreshing look into Asian food. Now streaming on HBO Max and originally on Stage 13, Family Style combines the taste of Asian food and pop culture as 8 foodie hosts shares their go-to spots, family recipes, stories while also bringing a few of their famous friends.
The term family style means, food placed on the table in serving dishes from which those eating may help themselves. In most Asian cultures, family style is the way to go. For Filipinos there’s boodle fights. Food placed on top of a table lined with banana leaves and “kamayan,” eating with your hands. This meal is derived from a military practice where diners stand next to each other and take their stance throughout the table. Although the show takes a different approach, sharing food with one another while sharing commentary.
One foodie who is Filipino, Gilbert Galon introduces different Filipino dishes like atchara (pickled papaya) and bagoong (shrimp paste) to his fellow food hosts. The series also visits the Philippines in several episodes. It takes a look at the night market with the popular street foods like isaw, fishballs, BBQ, and more. One of the coolest restaurants that was highlighted is the Ili-Likha Artist Village in Baguio. A community space that offers food, art, flower shop, and in-house theater. Their food takes a spin on tradition Filipino food with great flavors like their ube spaghetti pasta. It’s definitely a spot you’ll want to visit on your next trip.
The web series does a great job on highlighting Asian stories and the various foods attached to the culture. With fun stories by Jon M. Chu, Harry Shum Jr., Ross Butler, Ally Maki, Daniel Dae Kim, Vivian Bang, and more it’ll not only have you craving for your favorite dishes but also fulfilled in understanding more about the culture. Just like their tagline says, Pull up a seat and let’s dig in…Family Style.
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