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Steve Luw

Biography

I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker and spent my childhood split between NYC’s Chinatown and Astoria. My best friend is Italian and I was blessed with an adopted Nonna that spoke with her hands instead of her mouth. I love eating dim sum as much as homemade gnocchi, but it’s my fascination with how it’s created, and the story behind the food I love that led me to quit my corporate job in 2012 to open my own restaurant. Our specialty was fried chicken and a hybrid Arancini-inspired fried riceball that showcased my Chinese and Italian... READ MORE

I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker and spent my childhood split between NYC’s Chinatown and Astoria. My best friend is Italian and I was blessed with an adopted Nonna that spoke with her hands instead of her mouth. I love eating dim sum as much as homemade gnocchi, but it’s my fascination with how it’s created, and the story behind the food I love that led me to quit my corporate job in 2012 to open my own restaurant. Our specialty was fried chicken and a hybrid Arancini-inspired fried riceball that showcased my Chinese and Italian upbringing called the AsianCini. It won recognition from foodies and critics across the 5 boroughs and was even featured on NBC’s New York Live as New York’s best arancini, but it wasn’t until we beat all of NYC’s market vendors in 2014 and won the Vendy Best of Market award that I felt true validation in my decision to quit my job and embark on this journey. Fast forward to today, with countless laborious hours of restaurant development and management under my belt, I now run operations for the world-famous Kung Fu Tea, which recently joined forces with TKK Fried Chicken.

PC: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Shanghai Deluxe Cafe with their addictive soup dumplings. What is your ultimate meal? Soup dumplings are my most perfect meal. What three things are always in your pantry? Mirin, fish sauce, and sriracha. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? An actor or race car driver. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Chef Morimoto What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Seeing Chef Morimoto!