The Stew

Kyle Yoshioka
Let's get tender.
Created 01 Jun 2021
  • Originality: Expand or Explode
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 6 0
    Subscribe now What a poser The aspiration to originality is more reliably paralytic than motivating. I’m certain there are etymological and historical reasons for our cultural fascination with the ide...
  • First Annual Asian Snack Review
    25 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    What if we kissed in the H Mart Snack Aisle If you’ve never had the incantatory pleasure of browsing the H Mart snack aisle, you truly haven’t lived. From the delightful overwhelm of the hypergloss pa...
  • Frangipane Melba Tart and Failure
    08 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    Epic fail As a perfectionist in recovery, failure has not historically been a comfortable topic for me. So, naturally, it’s a goldmine of the squirmy, self-revelatory content that you, dear reader, ha...
  • Breakfast Gnocchi and Eros
    25 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 3 2
    In praise of potato The potato is a perfect food. I’m far from the first to say it and I certainly won’t be the last. The potato is a true-vers king, a force of chaotic good, a glow-up narrative incar...
  • Okonomiyaki and the Precarity of Ancestor Worship
    04 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    We get it, you’re biracial While I am the product of miscegenation and my parents alchemized the prevailing racial tension of their day into the ball of vibrating stress that is me, I don’t feel parti...
  • Dessert Granola and Dr. Google's Health Emporium
    20 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    How is she, though? Is granola doing okay? I feel like we haven’t heard from her in a while. I guess experimenting with hemp really does send you down a dark path. As a person in their 30s, I have bor...
  • Dulce de Leche Brown Butter Mochi and Mature Themes
    13 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 8 1
    What a week! To show gratitude to my subscribers on this inaugural week of The Stew, I present a deeply chaotic and hopefully very fun combination of things that have been rattling around in my brain....
  • Okazu and the Untenable Contingency of Being Biracial
    06 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    A brief crisis of food and identity I was frankly alarmed to learn that Wikipedia calls okazu “a side dish to accompany rice.” Rice was omnipresent in the Yoshioka household, so by that logic there ar...
  • it's The Stew
    01 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    You’re in it now. For the first time, you’ll want to read someone’s life story before getting to the recipe. What’s going on here? Cooking is the best way I’ve found to parse, process, and navigate th...
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