What’s Anthony Zhao’s favorite cuisine?
There’s not one cuisine that’s my favorite, so it depends on my mood. There are a few cuisines I like to eat all the time — Chinese, Japanese and Western (mostly Italian). I also really enjoy eating vegetarian dishes. I’m eating more vegetables now because I’m trying to be healthier.
Shanghainese is my favorite cuisine to cook. I’ve been eating this food since I was little, so I know all the details and what makes it so delicious. For my entire life I’ve had such an emotional connection to this food. When I make it, I really put my heart and love into it. With other cuisines, even though I really like eating them and I understand how to make them, I don’t feel the same emotional connection because I don’t know the true essence.