Category: Career Adjacent

Television Swag

I’m always super thankful whenever people invite me to talk about Chinese food. I need to get my hands on a copy of this, but here are some blurry camera shots from my five seconds of air time on KCET.



Will Be On KCET Talking Chinese Food On Oct 22

The other day I filmed a segment with KCET’s Global L.A. on Chinese food in Los Angeles.

They’re doing an episode on Asian Communities and of course — Chinese culture and food was one of the segments. Was interviewed briefly by host Angela May on the usual: which dim sum restaurant is my favorite (Lunasia), the 626 generation and on the background/history of dim sum.

Episode description:

Global LA’s new episode, Asian Fusion, looks at the unique mix of ethnicities in LA; including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai, creating a food culture that is not like any other. LA offers one of the most authentic Asian food experiences in the whole of the US. Hosted by culinary TV presenter Angela May, the viewers will be taken on a whirlwind tour of Asian culinary delights from around the world, in regions as varied as China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and of course Los Angeles. Angela will sample the mooncakes of Chinatown, the dim sum of San Gabriel Valley, the hot Thai spices of Thaitown, the dumplings of Koreatown and also some Vietnamese home cooking- all within LA- the melting pot that has a little bit of everything.


Joining me was David R. Chan, the amazing man who has eaten at 6,000+ Chinese restaurants who talked all about the growth of Chinese communities in Los Angeles, his amazing feat and he even brought his full Excel list — all printed out.

And of course, I put it on Instagram. Click here to see his list in video form.


Follow Friday: Korean Food, Journalism News, China Townies

Taiwan night market selling braised pork knuckles.

Taiwan night market selling braised pork knuckles.

These people deserve a shout-out simply because I check out what they do on such a regular basis and am thankful that they’re around in the blogosphere. 

For Korean food, check out what Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is brewing up at the LA Times Daily Dish blog. Her latest piece: Jang Teo Bossam for old-school pork wraps.  Driving through Koreatown gives me a headache and well…. let’s just say I finally get what it’s like driving through the SGV without knowing an inch of Chinese. Thank goodness for Cecilia’s reports (and for giving me naengmyeon recs!)

For journalism-related industry news, check out Connie K. Ho‘s tweets. I don’t know where she gets all her info, but she’s great at it. If I ever need a one stop refresher on what’s going on, I just scroll down her feed.

Another fellow LA Times food scout shout-out. Javier Cabral of The Glutster. He primarily covers Latin food and Eastside bites  but is really a jack-of-all-trades. I met Cabral (along with Cecilia above) at a J. Gold dinner and well, we’ve bonded over talks on being young and in the industry.

And in case you’ve missed it, Frank Shyong‘s online mag China Townies debuted a couple months ago. The perfect read for me because it’s all about Chinese culture and food — two topics I live for. Plus, there’s a lot of interesting data in there.

I Was Featured On 世界日报 (World Journal)


I got a call from the reporter after my CBS2 “Dim Sum” segment broadcast and he was surprised how an American-born kid like me could actually speak Chinese. Chalk it up to 18 years of going to a primarily Chinese-speaking church and parents who can barely hold a conversation in English I suppose.

For those who aren’t familiar with the publication, the World Journal is the leading Chinese newspaper in the United States. This article ran on the front page of the local section on Monday.

If you can’t read it, no worries. The article is basically an introduction to what I do and all my latest accomplishments — all info that’s accessible here on my site.

Access the full text here:



I’m on the local news! Dim Sum 101: As Seen On CBS2


So I was on CBS Los Angeles (Channel 2) giving the station a tour of my favorite yum cha restos in Los Angeles + there’s a little lesson on Chinese eating etiquette in there. The segment was broadcasted on the 11pm block on Wednesday, July 17.



The restaurants featured:

500 W. Main St. #A, Alhambra, CA 91801

Sea Harbour
3939 Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770

Mission 261
261 Mission Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

7455 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90046

Ocean Star
145 Atlantic Blvd. #201-203, Monterey Park 91754

Vote For Me For “Best Food Blog”

To my surprise, I’ve been nominated as Best Food Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly. Ironically I’m going up against my employer, KCET, but it’s all in good fun. ;)

Regardless of the outcome, this is a huge milestone for me and I’m utterly thankful for whoever nominated me. This year has been an amazing one already with all the media appearances and freelance opportunities and I am forever grateful for each and every one of my followers and supporters.

Please help me win this. All it takes is a simple vote. The whole shazaam ends on Friday. Scroll down to #13, click “Clarissa Wei,” submit your info and you’re done.

Here’s the link:

Thank you in advance. Seriously.

Watch Me Talk About Chinese Food On AFP + Valley Blvd Food Tour

1) AFP Story: Check it out guys. Below is a news story on the San Gabriel Valley featuring me, my lovely food blog partner Kristie Hang and Jonathan Gold. The title is misleading. The SGV has been a mecca for Chinese food for decades already, but the video is nevertheless a great primer for those who think this is all new news. AFP is a wire service so the story was repurposed on outlets like Yahoo, CCTV and USA Today. Enjoy.

2. LA Times Valley Blvd: I’m on a huge roll today. Today, the LA Times published my piece on Valley Boulevard. It’s a breakdown of the ten restaurants I took Bizarre Foods to and all my in-depth research on one page. Read here: A tour of Valley Boulevard: The world’s oldest burger to Hunan fish head

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