Welcome to Press Play, where we ask chefs to share one of their favorite recipes, as well as a playlist to listen to while you’re cooking it. The prep and cooking time should match the duration of the music (but don’t feel bad if the tunes stop before you’re done).
TALDE’S PLAYLIST BREAKDOWN
“Basically when I’m cooking I just like to have fun and keep the energy up. These are some of my favorite songs to listen to in the kitchen.”
1) “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe: “Good energy to get things going, and I just really love ’90s hip-hop and R&B.”
2) “Amber” by 311: “Here’s something a little bit more chill so you can focus while getting your ingredients prepped.”
3) “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z: “You can’t be a Brooklyn chef and not rep some Jay. As cliché as it sounds, if you can make it in NYC as a chef, you can make it anywhere. This is the ‘New York, New York’ of our generation.”
4) “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele: “Dude, this girl can sing…and she is fucking singing this song.”
5) “Stronger” by Kanye West: “The energy to this song just really keeps you going. Great workout song too.”
6) “Ms. Fat Booty” by Mos Def: “Mos Def is the epitome of cool and the beat is really smooth and gets you in the zone.”
7) “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah: “This song is all about that dope Timbaland beat. If that doesn’t make you wanna move, then check your pulse because you might be dead.”
8) “10 Crack Commandments” by Notorious B.I.G.: “I love this song because it’s motivational. Biggie’s really telling you how to be a smart businessman. Could apply to selling vacuums or opening restaurants. This song is dope.”
9) “I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common: “This is how I feel about hip hop now. For me ’90’s hip hop was the golden era. Plus, Common’s from Chicago and so am I.”
10) “Stakes Is High” by De La Soul: “This is a feel-good song because it came out exactly when I graduated from high school and always brings me back to those days.” [Listen here.]
11) “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley: “I’m not even gonna front—this song is a guilty pleasure. Straight cheese. I just can’t help but sing when it comes on.”
THE RECIPE: CHINESE SAUSAGE LETTUCE WRAPS
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 pound ground chicken (dark meat works best)
¼ cup oyster sauce
1 Thai chili
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup minced shallots (about 2 large)
1 garlic clove, diced
1 tablespoon potato starch (or all-purpose flour)
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let chill. Form 3oz. patties. Pan sear or grill, until cooked through.
4 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 Thai chiles or 1 serrano chile, diced (include the seeds)
Instructions: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
Wrap chicken patties in romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves and dip into sauce.