From his struggles in Bangkok to his success in the United States, Tommy Tang has come a long way. Today, he stands tall as a well known chef and a popular TV personality. And along with his mouthwatering Southeast Asian cuisines, his fundraising programs have made him very special in the culinary world. NAC: As the eldest son of 12 siblings, you did many odd jobs to support your family? Can you please tell us more about it? TT: I had to leave school to support my family when I was eleven. My first job was of a floor-fan cleaner in a factory in Bangkok where I worked for 14 hours everyday. My father had a Thai food café then [...]
TV Host and Cookbook Author www.tommytangs.com Tommy Tang’s story begins in Bangkok where he was the eldest son of 12 children, leaving school at the tender age of eleven to help support his family. He held a succession of odd jobs that included a floor-fan cleaner, welder, construction worker, busboy, wheelbarrow maker, boxer, auto mechanic, tennis teacher and drummer, as well as cooking alongside his father in their restaurant in the Grand Central. During the Vietnam War, Tommy found himself surrounded by Americans as he worked the switchboard at the Windsor Hotel in Bangkok and as a bellhop at the Narai Hotel. The American sense of ambition appealed to his entrepreneur tendencies and he decided to move to the U.S. [...]
Photo Credit:Lois Ellen Frank There is no need for any special tool or utensil for this recipe. As a matter of fact, once when I went camping, I packed marinated chicken in a Ziploc bag and made sauce in advance and put them in a cooler packed ice. When I arrived at the water camp around Colorado River, I realised that I had forgotten to bring my portable grill so I gathered a bunch of dry wood and a few pieces of rock (a couple of large and flat ones for grilling) and it turned out better than I’d expected!