Top Chef: The Tao of Macau
March 11, 2019 9:10 AM - Season 16, Episode 14 - Subscribe

The final four chefs must cook with the smelly durian fruit; the chefs get a tutorial on the traditional cuisine of Macau; for the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors.
posted by kanata (6 comments total)

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I am definitely at the point where it really hurts anytime someone goes home.

Kelsey is really inspiring me to try broth making. Go into the market, grab 32 sumptuous ingredients, throw them in a pot, and see what I get.
posted by tofu_crouton at 9:13 AM on March 11, 2019

Could've done without the durian complaining. Sarah had the sense to try to learn a few words of Cantonese during the interim period; the other sensible thing would've been to desensitize yourself to durian!
posted by praemunire at 11:11 AM on March 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

(Yes, I am sad Michelle went home.)
posted by praemunire at 11:11 AM on March 11, 2019

the other sensible thing would've been to desensitize yourself to durian!

Not possible. :-p

I have to say, this finale series means a lot to me. My great-great-grandfather was born in Macau, and after my sister's recent 23&Me test results, it looks like he was actually Macanese, and not a Chinese emigrant from Guangzhou. That knowledge, plus the amazing shots and food we're getting on Top Chef, has really reignited my interest in Macau and my Macanese heritage. Most of the research I have done into Macau has been extremely negative - in the past it was all smuggling and pirates, and now it's all gambling and vice. So it is really special to me to see a Macau inhabited by the Macanese and their food and culture. I really want to go now and experience the melting pot in person.
posted by chainsofreedom at 11:20 AM on March 11, 2019 [8 favorites]

Eric is the opposite of the chef on a prior season who kept trying to make food that they thought the judges would like and not what they thought was good. He really seems comfortable with his flavors and approach and is pretty awesome about not being worried if it's not approachable.
posted by Carillon at 2:21 PM on March 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

Yeah I think it's really great that Eric is actually challenging their palates with flavors and texture that they're not familiar with and also willing to challenge them when they criticize those aspects of the food.
posted by primalux at 6:06 PM on March 13, 2019 [2 favorites]

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