Meet new people: Yang Zhao!
Yang is a creative dynamite! An artist at heart and an entrepreneur, Yang’s latest project takes form of a pop-up dim sum concept: Bejing Opera. It all started when friends encouraged Yang to start a food stall at Cape Town’s You Me & Everyone We Know market at Labia cinema. Her handmade potstickers were incredible popular, and Yang loved how food sparked conversations between strangers! From markets, Food Jams, Design Indaba to Spier Secret festival, Yang will be launching a permanent eatery in Cape Town this summer.
Get to know Yang
- What brought you to Cape Town?
I moved here with family years ago. So, my family brought me here.
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
The sun, the sea, the people, and my friends and family.
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
A bowl of hot, noodle soup or a hearty curry, Indian or Thai.
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, dead or alive. Who will you invite & why?
Larry David, Simone de Beauvoir, Anthony Bourdain, Robert De Niro…I know there are more than 3 guests already, but I can go on 🙂
- You’ve had a bad day and are craving comfort food, what will you eat?
Most dishes with coriander, the fragrance and taste of the herb warms me, and always makes me feel comforted.
- Share a happy memory you have about food
In varsity (University of Cape Town), my best friend and I used to go to a store called Soupa Sandwich, and there was this amazing samie called “Cheese Chaka.” We’d add fresh chillies to it too, even called it “chilli cheese chaka”. we’d sit in the sun, near the mighty Jammie steps, have our favorite samie, soaking in our friendship, laughter, and most of all forgetting the stresses of academia.
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
In Chinese families, we usually make various dishes to share. On a good occasion, there’ll be a spread of meat, fish, vegetables, and a soup.
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
My current obsession is the square watermelons from Japan.
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
I can’t remember. I just know that I get into a zone and sometimes it feels like a meditation.
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
I went to Boschendal Wine Estate once, and enjoyed a picnic under their big trees. On a beautiful summer day, in a very relaxing atmosphere, it was definitely a memorable experience.