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The five o'clock time slot is about to get a heck of a lot spicier.
Susan Feniger is the chef, cookbook author and 30-year restaurant industry veteran behind the Border Grill family of restaurants and more recently, her dearly successful street food venture appropriately named STREET in Los Angeles, California. You may also recognize her from Season 2 of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," where she competed alongside the likes of Eatocracy mainstays Rick Moonen, Graham Elliot and Marcus Samuelsson.
Much of the positive buzz surrounding Chef Feniger's cuisine applauds her use of the unorthodox ingredients and exotic flavors of world street food. Let's just say her seasoning isn't your mama's average salt and pepper - and she's here to shake things up.
Five Favorite Spices: Susan Feniger
Anyways, he brought me a cutting from his mom’s plant, I planted it and for a couple of years it was sort of wimpy - then, it took off. It’s been five years in our backyard and it’s growing wild. It has these huge leaves, with these shoots that just float in the air that form another leaf and another - it’s fantastic looking.
I use it in salsas, to wrap fish and grill, to wrap vegetables and steam in beans. It’s got the most fragrant beautiful flavor that is sweet and flowery."
3. Curry leaves or sweet neem leaves
4. Kafir lime leaf
5. Pandan leaf
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