Last we saw him, Anthony Bourdain was breaking down collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) on box office hit, The Big Short. Now, the 59-year-old chef-turned-TV star is talking about something closer to his heart – what he hopes to serve at Bourdain Market, his idea of an Asian food market, when it opens at Pier 57 along the Hudson River in New York come late 2017. Here are 4 dishes from our tiny red dot that made it on his list:
01: Hainanese chicken rice from Tian Tian, Maxwell Food Centre
02: Hill Street Char Kway Teow at Bedok South Road
03: Geylang Claypot Rice at 639 Geylang Road
04: White pepper crab from JB Ah Meng along Geylang Lorong 23
Other Asian dishes include bun thai from The Lunch Lady in Vietnam and Sarawak laksa from Choon Hui Café in Malaysia. There will also be a full-service restaurant and a selection of wholesale vendors in Bourdain Market.
“The way people eat has changed,” says Bourdain in an interview with The New York Times. “They want to be at counters and communal tables. They want heat and funk and chicken wings that set their hair on fire… That’s what I want to create for New York, some place where I would want to eat. Right now, there is nothing like that.”