I’ve had a lifelong dream to go to Havana, Cuba. Taking that flight from Vancouver or Tijuana and arriving in a city that hasn’t changed much since JFK was still rockin Marilyn Monroe a skinny suit and black tie. I mostly wanted to visit the Chinatown in Havana, and was able to, virtually, through a DVD from Cheuk Kwan of Tissa Films. A documentary called Chinese Restaurants, split into 5 DVDs spanning 5 continents:
DVD 1: Song of the Exile (Israel, South Africa, Turkey)
DVD 2: On the Islands (Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba)
DVD 3: Three Continents (Madagascar, Norway, Canada)
DVD 4: Latin Passions (Peru, Brazil South, Argentina)
DVD 5: Beyond Frontiers (India East, Brazil North, India West)
So when Anthony Bourdain visited Panama’s Barrio Chino and noted that 1/5 Panamanians had Chinese ancestry and the CTown was the oldest in the Americas (take that Canal & Mott!), I thought of a ridiculous Portuguese/Chinese meal I once had and wanted some of that Latin Chinese new new. Simple as that. Take a look at the episode and tell me you wouldn’t want to slurp MSG with Bourdain, himself.