VIDEO: MaLa Project: Interview with Amelie Kang [April 27, 2020]

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  • This week's video is about the founder of a Sichuan-style restaurant that is taking New York City by storm.
  • Make sure to check out the answers and script as well.
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Questions

Watch the video and answer questions 1-10 

1. Restaurant profile: MaLa Project

It was founded by (i) __________. MaLa Project specialises in a type of Chinese (ii)  __________. The owner hopes to change stereotypes of Chinese food in America with its authentic flavors from her (iii) __________.

2. Main ingredients used in zhajiangmian (circle the correct options).

cucumber / noodles / sweet bean sauce / chilli flakes / pork 

3. Why might Amelie feel nostalgic whenever she eats zhajiang noodles? 
______________________________________________

4. What word in the video means “to cook something by keeping it almost at boiling point”?
___________________________

5. According to Amelie, what two opposing flavours is one likely to find when eating zhajiang noodles? 
___________________________

6. Why did Amelie move to New York?

  • A. to open a restaurant 
  • B. to hone her cooking skills
  • C. to find out the origins of a childhood dish
  • D. to learn English  

7. Listen to the middle of the video (1:17-1:56). Why does the interior of Mala Project’s premises remind Amelie of her childhood?  
______________________________________________

8. What spices are used in the mala dry pot?

  • A. shredded cucumber, carrots, garlic shoots  
  • B. red chillies, cinnamon, ginger
  • C. peppercorn, star anise, bay leaves  
  • D. information not given

9. How has the culinary scene in the United States evolved?______________________________________________

10. Which section of a food blog are you most likely to find this video?

  • A. up-and-coming chefs
  • B. comfort food
  • C. northern Chinese cuisine
  • D. Michelin-starred restaurants

Click here for the script

Click here for the answers 

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