Best known locally for firing up the kitchens in Sydney food hotspots Ms G's and Mr Wong, Dan Hong is a culinary prodigy and one of Time Out Sydney's 30 under 30. Growing up mixing and mashing whatever he could find in the kitchen, he's taken those finely tuned skills cooked up a beat-soaked mixtape for this week's Modcast.
Tracklist, chat and more after the jump.
This mixtape turns the clock to your 90s childhood. Is then when you first started raiding the kitchen?
Yes, the 90's had all sorts of amazing foods for example: sunny boys, pizza pockets, mamee noodles, fairy bread, cabanossi, chips and gravy, old El Paso taco kits, party pies. My mum was always working at the restaurant (thanh binh) so if I was hungry I would see what was in the pantry/fridge and whip something up. It would usually be an Asian/Aussie flavour combo! Like instant noodles topped with cabanossi and a fried egg
Does a particular dish come to mind to best accompany this mix?
Any type of Fried chicken would definitely go well with this mix, whether it be southern fried, buffalo wings, Korean fried chicken or Indonesian Ayam Goreng
How do you create the optimum environment for experimentation with food? Does music come into play?
To be honest, it's usually when I'm bored or have nothing to do. Often it's when I'm about to fall asleep.
Is this often a case of trial and error?
A lot of what I do is a case of trial and error. Mr Wong especially.
I guess its quite unconventional having hip hop blaring over the dining experience but tells a lot about your personality and taste. How involved are you in the music programming of your restaurants, what is your approach and how is tailored to each establishment?
I am involved to a certain extent. I guess the restaurant which best describes me and my style is Ms G's. but you never know what the manager at the time will put on the speakers!!! its just that the vibe and atmosphere at Ms G is super fun and casual. the music gets really loud on the weekends and we have a DJ.
The music at each venue is definitely tailored to the vibe of each place. Like Mr Wong it has a more mellow and classical playlist. Because its a little more formal and the clientele are a bit more mature.
Which cuisine are you yet to master?
I haven't mastered any cuisine but I have no idea about Scandinavian cooking (don't know if I care too).
You just had a baby. What do you hope will be her first solid meal?
My only hope is that my baby isn't a fussy eater. But my goal is for Namira to eat sashimi and offal.
TLC - Kick Your Game
Aaliyah - Back And Forth
Groove Theory - Tell Me
Mary J Blige - Real Love
Blackstreet - Don't Leave Me
Teddy Riley - Is It Good To You
Today - Why You Get Funky On Me
Silk - Freak Me
Keith Sweat - Twisted
SWV - Rght Here (Human Nature Remix)
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