Today on WORD OF MOUTH, host Leiti Hsu takes as far as Malaysia and the North Pole via the East Village. We have LIVE in-studio Thomas Chen chef-owner of TUOME (pronounced tow-mee) in the East Village. Last at Eleven Madison Park and Commerce, Thomas is cooking deeply personal Chinese-ish food but with fine dining imagination and quest for perfection, which we love. We'll talk how he got from a start in accounting to be the 100% owner of his own restaurant (#dreamjob!)—and how Mom and Dad really feel about it. But first, at the Greenmarket, we join Salil Mehta of Michelin Bib Gourmand acclaimed Malaysian spot Laut and the new Pasar Malam in Williamsburg as we go in search of cilantro roots. To WINEed down we'll talk with Nico de Soto, formerly of Experimental Cocktail Club about his popup Christmas-themed cocktail bar called Miracle on 9th St. where you can get the ideal eggnog and a MULLED WINE SOUR! This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

"Every culture has its own flavor profile and palate." [20:00]

--Thomas Chen on WORD OF MOUTH