Today’s episode of Meant to be Eaten follows a conversation between Coral (MTBE’s producer, in for Andrea) and JT Vuong–head chef at Okonomi in East Williamsburg. Okonomi straddles the line between convention and craze: serving traditional Japanese breakfast by day and not-so-traditional ramen by night. Does Okonomi’s stress on locally-sourced ingredients inherently limit its ability to remain wholly traditional? The majority of Okonomi’s staff isn’t Japanese–how do you learn the subtle nuances of another’s culture? Who and what determine “authenticity?”


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