Neighborhood Kitchens

Mei Mei's Kale Salad

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Learn how to make Mei Mei Street Kitchen's magical kale salad.

Mei Mei's Fiddlehead Fern Tempura

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Learn how to make Mei Mei's Fiddlehead Fern Tempura (on a stick!) Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s food is determined by seasonal availability in the New England region. When their local products go out of season, they do not buy them elsewhere - they just wait for them to come back! Kale and fiddleheads are good examples!

Mei Mei's Double Awesome

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Mei Mei Street Kitchen‘s best seller is a scallion pancake sandwich they call the "Double Awesome." The Double Awesome is a scallion pancake--a very traditional Chinese dish--that's fried and filled with a local green pesto (made with anything from kale to basil to whatever they can get from their local farm partners), local Vermont cheddar cheese, and two slow poached, then fried eggs.

A visit to SoWa Open Market and Mei Mei Street Kitchen

By Margarita Martinez   |   Monday, September 16, 2013
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I loved hanging out with the Li siblings during our Mei Mei Street Kitchen episode. Mei, Andy, and Irene are so much fun to be around. I've never seen a bunch of siblings having such a great time while working together. Every piece of signage on the truck has a clever twist (check out the ever-changing tip jar situation, where your tip will determine who will win a duel, i.e. Dumbledore vs. Voldemort). They have spontaneous truck-wide dance moves (mainly limited to the upper body as it would be pretty dangerous to work your running man in a 4-foot kitchen space with five other co-workers). However, the zany and laugh-happy attitude of the Lis should not be mistaken for a lacking work ethic.
Mei, Andy and Irene Li from Mei Mei Street Kitchen

The Li siblings work hard and take their business seriously. It takes many hours of prepping, planning, coordinating, social networking, and serving to make a food truck and new restaurant successful.


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Neighborhood Kitchens is back...

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez   |   Friday, August 23, 2013
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Neighborhood Kitchens will be back with NEW episodes on Saturday, September 21...

Margarita and Irene Li from Mei Mei Street Kitchen September 21
Mei Mei Street Kitchen (NEW))

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez heads to SOWA open market, New England‘s largest outdoor weekly bazaar, where she meets Margaret, Andy and Irene Li, the siblings behind the popular food truck Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Food trucks first hit the streets of Boston about two years ago, with just over a dozen options. Now there's a fleet of 56 trucks that deliver a mind boggling mix of cuisines and cultures to neighborhoods and street corners of Boston. At Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Margarita experiences food truck madness and learns how to prepare some of Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s best-sellers: kale salad, fiddlehead fern tempura, scallion pancake sandwich and sweet and sour pork.

September 28
Oishii (NEW)

In this episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, host Margarita Martínez learns about the high-end art of Japanese cuisine. She stops at the Shops in Porter Square to experience what many call "a little slice of Tokyo” and visits Chef Yen’s kitchen at Oishii to get a few secrets about his famous cooking. Margarita tags along with Chef Yen and visits Stavis Seafoods where she learns how to choose the right tuna for the perfect sushi.

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Rasoi's Strawberry Phirni (pudding)

Friday, May 31, 2013
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This favorite dessert from Northern India is made with rice and offers a great gluten-free option for an after dinner sweet.

Watch Neighborhood Kitchens: Recipe Strawberry Phirni on PBS. See more from Neighborhood Kitchens.

Strawberry Phirni (pudding)
1 cup rice
13 fresh strawberries
4oz almonds (slivered)
4oz pistachio nuts (slivered)
32oz milk
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp green cardamom powder

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About Neighborhood Kitchens

Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.

Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44

About the Authors
Margarita Martinez Margarita Martinez
Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez Patricia Alvarado Nuñez
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez is an award-winning producer creating Latino and multicultural programming  for WGBH and La Plaza. (She cooks, too!)

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In each episode, host Margarita Martínez visits a different ethnic restaurant and learns three delicious recipes from the chef. She also explores the restaurant’s neighborhood, discovering hidden gems along the way. Join her as she learns about new ingredients, new cultures, and new neighborhoods. ¡Hasta pronto!

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Margarita's Neighborhood Visits

»Boston: Bristol Lounge
»Boston's South End: Orinoco, Teranga and Oishii
»Boston's Back Bay: Casa Romero
»Boston's North End: Taranta
»Roxbury: Merengue
»Boston's Beacon Hill: Scampo
»All Around Boston: Mei Mei Street Kitchens
»Cambridge: Muqueca, Oleana, and Sandrine's
Somerville: Dosa Temple
»Lawrence: Cafe Azteca
»Lowell: Simply Khmer

»Fresh from the Fish Market
»Jamaica Plain: Tres Gatos
»Dorchester: Pho Le and Cafe Polonia
»Medford: Bistro 5
»Portland, ME: Emilitsa
»Newport, RI: Tallulah on Thames
»Pawtucket, RI: Rasoi


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