Making Umeboshi with Sonoko Sakai

Umeboshi. Break down the word and it means Japanese plum (ume) dried (boshi), but the flavor is of a salted or pickled plum – salty, sour and sweet.

Sonoko Sakai grew up in Japan where every June she would help her grandmother prepare the ume for pickling. Now that she lives in California where ume are unavailable, she is experimenting with making her own apricot-boshi.

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How the “Vietnamese Madonna” Came to Own a Bánh Mì Shop in Little Saigon

In Orange County, California, there’s no shortage of restaurants selling bánh mì, that delicious Vietnamese sandwich featuring a crunchy baguette filled with grilled meat, pate, fresh and pickled vegetables. The OC’s Little Saigon is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam.  But go to the town of Westminster and you can see a pop star behind the counter, a woman known as the Vietnamese Madonna.

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Where to Find the Best Tortillas in LA

Part of what makes a great taco is a great tortilla. So on the occasion of the Los Angeles Magazine Taco Issue, we asked Bill Esparza to share his favorite tortillas in the Southland. Esparza writes the Essential T column for Los Angeles Magazine and is the first ever taco correspondent for Good Food.

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