Thrillist : The Rich, Complex History Hiding Within Chinese Plate Designs By Soleil Ho Published On 07/10/2019


In addition to looking cool, the plates help situate Dumpling’s Asian American fusion vibe. “If we plate a non-Asian food, like our short rib, on a super Asian-looking dish like that, it plays with the power of association,” Chhun mused. “It might help the customer see it as Asian.” It’s like an inverse of what we often see in restaurants that claim to “elevate” marginalized cuisines and ingredients by placing them on ceramic white plates with lots of empty space, as a sort of appropriation that reverses that usual power dynamic.