awards|| CHICAGO CHOWZTER AWARD
Sunday April 26th – the second Chowzter World’s Tastiest Fast Feasts Awards took place at London’s L’Anima Cafe to announce the winners of the world’s very best dishes. The Awards where divided into several categories: Tastiest item in the World + Tastiest item by Dish + Regional Winners.
Let me cut to the chase, I am way too excited to hold it in any longer – so happy to say that Chicago brought home the best Tastiest Fast Feast in North America with Franks’n’Dawgs Bahn Mi Hot Dog. Check the reel below for details. Now onto working on getting Chicago into the running for the ‘foodiest city’ in the world for 2015. We are too often overlooked in the world’s arena as a World Class food city, this helps validate what we Chicagoans have all known for a very long time. Congratulations Franks’n’Dawgs.
Don’t forget – when you are traveling or even exploring your very own city looking for some tasty fast feasts [not to be confused with fast food – these are dishes that are made with fresh ingredients and not from a freezer or mass-produced assembly line], head over to Chowzter to see what my fellow Chief Chowzters have to recommend.
Here is a great summary for the Awards event that was created by Simon Leong founder of Simon Food Favourites. Sending all the winners a huge Congratulations – keep making tasty fast feasts.
To see all the Awards read onwards – for more details on each of the category winners.
Best in North America – Franks ‘n’ Dawgs – Banh Mi – Chicago – Nominated by Karen Valentine founder of Roam & Home
The Banh Mi features lemongrass and chicken sausage, pickled daikon and carrots, Sriracha mayo, jalapeno, cilantro and a spicy pickled duck egg. It’s all piled high in an award-winning New England style lobster roll. Made daily by a local baker, it is lightly buttered and toasted to perfection.
Best in Europe – Pide Ustu Doner @ Karadeniz Pide Doner Salonu – Nominated by Tuba Satana founder of Istanbul Food
A carnivore’s dream, thin layers of beef and lamb are layered on top of each other and cooked to perfection. Succulent, tender and a little fatty, the meat is shaved from its vertical spit, then served with the pide baked in-house, the pide sucking all the juices of the döner. Fans know to pair it with onions, pickles, tomatoes and peppers, and chasing the savory meat with a glass of ayran, a cold, tangy yogurt beverage.
Best in Latin America – La Casita Poblano – Mole Poblano – Puebla – Nominated by Rebecca Smith Hurd founder of Puebla-Mexico
The mole cooked up by La Casita Poblana strikes the perfect balance between spicy and sweet. Order it served over chicken breast or thigh. This amazing treat is Chowzter’s Tastiest Item in Latin America for 2014. 105 Mexican dollars or £4.50
Best in Asia – Manila – Stuffed Lechón @ Pepita’s Kitchen – Nominated by Anton Diaz founder of Our Awesome Planet
At Pepita’s Kitchen, a dining experience in a private, Makati home, Pepita’s Stuffed Lechón is its shining star. The falling-off-the bone piglet is prepared with various stuffing, including a French stuffing with truffles, Thanh Long de Leche, and such Filipino favorites as Binagoongan and Laing. This amazing treat is Chowzter’s Tastiest Item in Asia for 2014.
THE CHOWZTER FAST FEAST WINNERS WINNER OF THE WORLD
Tastiest Item in the World – Lima – Cebiche @Chez Wong – Nominated by Nicholas Gill
Ceviche is such a point of pride in Peru that it has its own national holiday, June 28. Javier Wong, the chef/owner of Chez Wong in Lima, is considered a master of ceviche (spelled cebiche in Peru). Wong works with Pacific sole only. That is the only fish you will ever see here. He gets the best pick from the market and is a master with the knife. He breaks down the entire fish at a small table at the head of the dining room and dices it up for a ceviche. He mixes it in a bowl right at the table with just the right amount of salt and lime. After the ceviche you can add a tiradito (a sashimi like cousin to ceviche) and/or a saltado (stir fry), which Wong prepares in the kitchen in a wok with a high flame. Everything is unbelievably simple, yet no one has been able to do it better.
Best Pizza in the World – Brooklyn – Pizza Slice @ Di Fara Pizza – Nominated by Yvo Sin founder of Feisty Foodie
Domenico DeMarco, born into a family of master pizziaolos, emigrated from Italy to New York in 1959. Partnered with a gentleman named Farina, he opened a shop on Avenue J in Brooklyn. Every piece of dough is a blank canvas and DeMarco puts each ingredient on himself. His pizza is a New York City legend.
Best Seafood Dish – Vancouver – Alaskan King Crab 5 Ways @ Dynasty – Nominated by Mijune Pak founder of Follow Me Foodie
During Alaskan king crab season (February through April) tourists and locals flock to experience this famous Alaskan king crab dinner. In this must-try feast, the crab is prepared several ways including steamed garlic crab legs, deep-fried crab knuckles and baked Alaskan king crab fried rice with Portuguese curry sauce.
Best Vegetarian Dish – Paris – Falafel @ L’As du Falaffel – Nominated by Mathilde DeWilde founder of Mathilde Cuisine
The lunchtime line often extends well into the street at L’As du Falaffel, a Kosher Middle Eastern restaurant on a back street in the heart of the Marais, the old Jewish quarter of Paris. Said to be a favorite of rock musician Lenny Kravitz, the “Ace of Falafel” bistro is home to a legendary vegetarian sandwich.
Best Noodles – Bangkok – Pad Thai @ Pad Thai Thip Samai – Nominated by Mark Wiens founder of Eating Thai Food
Pad Thai Thip Samai serves this famoud dish from an unassuming storefront in the old district of Phra Nakorn. Chefs use high quality ingredients and still cook over high flaming charcoal to give it a lovely smoky flavor. Soft rice noodles cooked with fat, juicy prawns, bean sprouts and more are flash-wrapped in a paper-thin egg coating.
Best Rice Dish – Singapore – Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Tian Tian – Nominated by Catherine Ling founder of Camemberu
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre has gained international acclaim for its chicken rice which won Anthony Bourdain’s approval. The rice is cooked in chicken stock and fat, ginger, garlic and pandan leaves. This is accompanied by the infamous Tian Tian house made chill sauce – that fiery dip that will set your tongue ablaze and yet have you reaching for more.
Best Sandwich – Seattle – Caribbean Roast Sandwich @ Paseo – Nominated by Naomi Bishop founder of The Gastrognome
This tiny, cash-only Cuban restaurant is famous for its best seller, the famous No. 2 Caribbean Roast Sandwich. Hunks of succulent, spicy, tender braised pork sit in a crusty, chargrilled baguette, garnished with lashings of garlicky aioli, thick strands of smoky caramelized onions, fresh cilantro, pickled jalapenos and a crisp leaf of romaine.
Best Bird Dish – Hong Kong – Roast Goose @ Yat Lok – Nominated by Juliana Loh
Yat Lok, a small local shop on Stanley Street, is popular with locals and in-the-know foodies visiting Hong Kong. Anthony Bourdain stopped by in 2007 for his TV show “No Reservations” and gave its roast goose his highest ratings. More than 20 ingredients—brown sugar, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, star anise, cloves and more — contribute to its sweet and salty flavors.
Best Bakery Dish – London – Fried Jam Croissant @ Albion – Nominated by Niamh Shields of Eat like a Girl
This calorie bomb will take your breath away. Wave after wave of flavors hit you — from the flaky croissant, the fruity jam, the crunch of crystalized sugar and what surely must be an entire stick of butter. As you plan your last meal on the planet, this over-the-top “croissant” should be part of your farewell menu.
To see the write-up on all the Awards that were handed out featured in The Guardian – click here.