My recent interview for my podcast series The Creative Push was with James Suh, the man behind Taco Diplomacy. The idea started with a recent taco pop-up that was the result of the COVID lockdown which allowed him more time at home in the kitchen with his hobby baker wife Karri. She inspired him to perfect some of his international recipes from the food flavors he remembered as a child. They both started offering free tastings from their home in order to get honest feedback on their recipes. The success of their pop-up tastings led to the creation of Taco Diplomacy. James acknowledges that his concept is not just about tacos, instead, it is about introducing international flavors in familiar forms.
These photos are from my visit on the day of our interview. He prepared some of his favorite foods and a specialty coffee while allowing me to photograph him in his kitchen.
James first prepared a spicy Korean rice cake called tteokbokki. It is made from sticky rice and rice flour combined into a thick spaghetti noodle topped with a special sauce and garnished with cheese, green onions, and takuan, a yellow, pickled radish.
James then prepared his own Korean seaweed rolls, similar to a Japanese nori roll. These were made with steamed rice, sesame oil, sea salt, takuan, egg omelet with scallions, cucumber, bulgogi, and wrapped in seaweed.
His last creation was a ginger-spiced latte served in an orange salted rim glass.
James is married to Karri Suh, a hobby baker that I photographed back in September, you can see those photos here, read the story and listen to the podcast if you love specialty cakes. Together they are sharing her baked specialties and his unique international creations for his new pop-up concept called Tack Diplomacy.
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