PODCAST: Why Filipino food is history on a plate w/ chefs AC Boral and Janice Dig Cabaysa of Rice & Shine

Filipino food is more than just the next so-called “ethnic” food fad.

From the country’s unique takes on everything from spaghetti to adobo, it’s the ultimate fusion cuisine. Or, as Filipino-American chef AC Boral (who after six years of pop-up brunches as Rice & Shine Eats is finally opening his first brick and mortar in Long Beach) would say, “It’s history on a plate.”

In this episode, Sarah and Brian sat down with Boral and his sous chef, Westside Long Beach native Janice Dig Cabeysa, inside the space of what will soon be Long Beach’s first modern Filipino restaurant for a discussion of all things Filipino food. From the often-dark history that created some of the cuisine’s most famous dishes to the importance of family to the Filipino dining experience, this discussion explores why Filipinos love Wu-Tang clan so much (why?!) and how a search for identity led both American-born chefs right back to their roots.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.