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  • - Hi I'm Alvin and today I'm gonna show you
  • how to make some of my most viral recipes.
  • (optimistic music)
  • One thing that I was really lucky enough
  • to be able to do was to work a lot
  • with our Tasty international teams
  • and one particular trip I remember was
  • actually with Rea and we went to Japan
  • to work with the Tasty Japan team.
  • So one of our biggest goals in Japan
  • was to just find this amazing viral food
  • that they sort of do and try to see
  • if we can recreate it.
  • One of the dishes that definitely caught our eye
  • was these jiggling pancakes
  • that were a lot thicker than they normally were,
  • but apparently were a lot fluffier and a lot lighter
  • than your traditional American pancake
  • and we sort of went to the source and went to this cafe
  • that just served them and were known for them.
  • There's a lot of transparency into the cooking process
  • in Japan with a lot of glass windows.
  • It was such a pleasure to be able to just see
  • how things were done.
  • Rea and I sort of put our heads together
  • to figure out how to recreate this.
  • I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.
  • It maybe wasn't 100% as jiggly or as fluffy
  • as the ones we ate in Japan,
  • but I would say it's pretty close.
  • It was just such an amazing experience
  • to travel to a country and to explore food culture
  • with someone that knows it so well such as Rea.
  • Appreciate it, respect it, but also put our own spin on it.
  • I think that's something that I really, really loved doing.
  • When I was in college,
  • I really didn't know how to bake at all
  • and I really wanted to save money,
  • so I would actually take ingredients from my dining hall
  • from the ice cream bar where they had chocolate chips
  • or Nutella or peanut butter
  • and bring them back to my dorm and throw them together
  • with a little flour and try and come up with a baked good
  • that was edible that I could feed my floormates
  • that could get friends finally
  • and one thing that I really found was that
  • people just absolutely love cookies
  • whether it's eating them, whether it's making them.
  • Cookies became the thing that I just really wanted to nail
  • and this is a recipe that I'm really, really proud of.
  • Coming up with this recipe, I knew it had to be better
  • than store bought cookie dough
  • or things that people are used
  • to taking home and baking and getting at the store,
  • and I really looked into using different kinds of chocolate.
  • I used to work at a bakery in New York
  • where I was just absolutely in love
  • with their chocolate chip cookies
  • and I knew it needed to be chewy on the inside.
  • I knew it needed to be a little crispy on the outside
  • and it had to be this thing that you crave
  • over and over and over again.
  • One secret that I did learn was that
  • the dough should be resting for at least 24 to 36 hours
  • because what that does is that helps the flour absorb
  • all the egg and the sugar and the butter
  • and really allow certain processes
  • to start developing flavors inside the fridge
  • that you would lose if you baked the cookie dough right away
  • because I think it gives it a more caramel,
  • toffee like flavor which I absolutely love.
  • Mozzarella stick and onion ring was one
  • of my more proud creations.
  • One thing that I really love to do when I'm coming up
  • with ideas is just think of two really,
  • really delicious things that people love
  • and somehow combine it into something
  • that's even more delicious.
  • I really wanted to combine mozzarella sticks
  • with something else, kind of lay awake at two A.M.
  • Thinking what can I make with mozzarella sticks?
  • As I was about to fall asleep,
  • I think my brain just drifted off and thinking about Shrek
  • and I was like, oh, onions!
  • Like onion rings, like oh my God, that's so cool.
  • And I was like wait, is this even possible?
  • To quote the famous green ogre,
  • orge's are like onions.
  • Onions have layers and I just started
  • to picture cross section of an onion
  • with all it's co-centric ring.
  • I mentally isolated two of them.
  • Turns out if you use sliced cheese,
  • it's almost a perfect width.
  • It still looks like an onion ring after it's been fried
  • and it did taste like a mozzarella stick
  • and it did taste like an onion ring.
  • It was a very fun day.
  • Five layer brownie cheesecake,
  • that was probably one of my greatest architectural feats
  • if I would say so myself.
  • I was actually starting engineering in college.
  • Not really a good student to be honest,
  • but one thing that I definitely did pick up
  • was the ability how to approach a problem
  • and how to look at it from certain angles
  • especially when things don't exist.
  • A lot of times we are asked to do hypothetical questions
  • like if you wanted to accomplish this,
  • how would you go about achieving it?
  • And I learned that the easiest way
  • is to break down the problem into it's parts
  • and kind of almost work backwards.
  • Cookie dough, Oreos,
  • and brownies are a very common combination
  • and I wanted to take that further.
  • I really wanted to turn the flavor profile
  • of a triple stacked brownie into something else.
  • I wanted to turn it into more of this spectacle dessert
  • that you could really wow everybody at a party with
  • and I just absolutely love layers and clean layers,
  • so that was something that I set out to do was
  • to turn a triple decker brownie into a cheesecake.
  • The challenge with this recipe
  • is that all of these elements all bake at different times,
  • different temperatures, and have different thicknesses.
  • I kind of wanted to go after the vibe
  • of when you go to the Cheesecake Factory
  • and they sit down this slice
  • of this beautifully cut and assembled cheesecake.
  • I really didn't know how this was gonna go until I made it,
  • and I had to do a lot of pre-planning and thinking
  • and being able to try to predict
  • how the food would behave
  • in a way that I had never done before.
  • I was hoping that the brownie batter would not get dry.
  • I guess that the cream cheese in the mixture
  • would give the brownie moisture.
  • It was really gratifying to pull something like this off
  • especially when you have never really done this before.
  • I guess I felt really happy
  • and relieved that it actually worked.
  • After the brownie and cheesecake were set,
  • that's when I put the Oreos and the cookie dough on top.
  • I don't try to do recipes a lot of times
  • because I think I really enjoy the challenge
  • of getting it right on the first or the second try.
  • Kind of nerve wracking to cut it open
  • because you really don't know
  • how it's gonna turn out until you actually slice it open
  • and see the layers and to my luck it really worked out well.
  • I was able to see all four elements in their entirety.
  • I love to spend time just thinking about the food
  • and really just trying to guess and predict
  • how food is going to behave
  • and sometimes I really just sit down
  • and write things down and try to map out
  • or draw out how certain foods before and after
  • and so for this one I thought about it a lot
  • and made some decisions
  • and that's the sort of approach that I like to take
  • because there's something really cool
  • about trying something that's completely new
  • and then somehow landing it on the first try.
  • When I try to come up with an idea for a recipe,
  • what I really wanna do is be able to make people
  • go like wow and really show them something
  • that they are familiar with but maybe in a new way
  • or maybe something that is new to them,
  • but in a familiar way.
  • It's always about taking the element of something
  • that people know, twisting it and making it cooler,
  • making it different, combining it with other things.
  • The end result is to make people go wow.
  • That's sort of usually the approach I take
  • when I want to really showcase food to people in a cool way.
  • So for the eight desserts in one sheet pan,
  • it kind of came from a time where it was the holidays,
  • I had seen a lot of videos kind of pop up
  • around desserts and baking and pie
  • and Food Network actually released
  • this one video that was pretty cool.
  • It was like four pies baked in the same sheet pan
  • and to myself I was like wow, that's really smart,
  • but can I take it even a little further?
  • I know that pie is just one dessert.
  • There are a lot of desserts out there
  • and a lot of baked goods that people like to eat.
  • My hunch was that around Christmas time,
  • around the holidays usually at these potlucks or parties,
  • there would be a widespread of desserts
  • and a range of cookies to brownies to cheesecakes to pies.
  • I think this crazy idea came about because in my head
  • I was like, man, what happens if you just put all
  • of those desserts together?
  • Is there a way to take every single dessert
  • that everybody loves and turn it into just one thing?
  • I think that's how the idea was born
  • is I basically thought of what can I use
  • to serve this giant dessert?
  • And how do I make sure
  • that everybody gets a piece they want?
  • Because sometimes when you bring a dessert to a party,
  • not everybody likes brownies,
  • not everybody likes cheesecakes,
  • but is there a way to make sure that no matter
  • who you are at the party,
  • you're gonna have one piece that's gonna speak to you?
  • And that's how I sort of designed
  • this eight desserts in one sheet pan.
  • I wanted to build it in a way
  • where if you cut in the precise manner,
  • you would end up with just a bunch of different flavors.
  • You wouldn't really cut it just along where the flavors met,
  • but you'd be able to get pieces or bars that would have
  • two flavors, three flavors, and the golden crown
  • is when you get that piece with all four flavors in them.
  • The challenge with designing this was that
  • no matter what piece you'd get,
  • the flavor should still go together.
  • So you kind of have to play
  • this weird math mix and match game
  • of do these two flavors go together?
  • Okay, if this goes together with this,
  • then this must be next to here.
  • There was a lot of me drawing things on a piece of paper
  • and crumpling it up like you do in the movies
  • and throwing it in the trashcan.
  • After a lot of trial and error,
  • I managed to get a certain layout
  • of which desserts should go in which area in the pan,
  • so that no matter which piece you got,
  • it would always taste great.
  • (gentle music)
  • That I was going to attempt something
  • as crazy as this a couple years ago,
  • I would of never imagined that.
  • I feel like once I started to do more
  • and more videos for Buzzfeed did I realize
  • that food is pretty much everything to me.
  • Not only am I someone who loves to eat,
  • but it does make me happy and it does make me proud
  • when I'm able to pull of a certain dish
  • or a certain thing that I see on the internet
  • because I'm not classically trained.
  • Everything is really just approaching something
  • and trying to apply certain rules and properties about food
  • to see if I can actually make this crazy thing happen.
  • This mirror cake, I literally just saw it
  • when I was scrolling through Instagram
  • and I was like man, this cake is so cool.
  • How do they do that?
  • It's like some crazy, beautiful technique
  • and I wanna figure it out and after doing hours
  • and hours of research and a couple
  • of tests, I was able to pull off
  • something that looked very close to what these professional
  • pastry chefs and these cake
  • decorators would make on Instagram.
  • No matter what I do, I know I will always love
  • to showcase food in a beautiful way
  • and in a way that people have been seeing it before.
  • No matter whether it's recipe videos
  • or whether it's a story,
  • I just want to be able to make people
  • feel a wide range of emotions, excitement,
  • happiness, joy, craving,
  • and I don't think that'll ever change.
  • We're pretty fortunate that we've been able
  • to make an audience of millions of people.
  • There's nothing like being able to feed someone.
  • I think that's really what I believe,
  • and that's why I love to cook.
  • It's not only that I'm able to make fun food videos
  • that can touch a lot of people on the internet,
  • but also be able to actually create food with my hands,
  • share them with people that I care about
  • or people that I wanna hang out with.
  • It really fosters a great sense of companionship,
  • friendship, and just a stronger connection between people,
  • and great that we have to eat everyday
  • because otherwise I might get bored.
  • It's funny because when I started out,
  • I was really just borrowing a camera
  • from my floormate that I had made friends with
  • because I gave them a cookie one time
  • and just recording whatever I was baking that day
  • or whatever I took from the dining hall
  • and posting them on who knows where.
  • One day I was connected with a frozen yogurt chain
  • because they wanted a little amateur videographer to come in
  • and do these short little froyo videos.
  • One day a Buzzfeed manager saw these videos
  • and reached out to me and was like hey,
  • would you ever wanna come and make a couple
  • of food videos for us?
  • And at that time Tasty did not exist.
  • The food internet situation was really nothing.
  • When Tasty was born, I was along to see it grow
  • and to really see how much it touched people's lives
  • and I was really proud of that.
  • We all love food and we all support each other
  • and we all love to showcase with video in a way
  • that is very unique to our styles.
  • It's really cool to see people tag each other
  • and being like oh my God, this reminded me of you.
  • Oh by the way, how's it going?
  • I haven't talked to you in five years
  • and it was like that's kind of crazy
  • is that this random cake got someone
  • to mention someone else
  • because they knew that someone
  • would love this piece of content.
  • I think that was really what resonated with me
  • and why I strived to push
  • to make even better food videos day after day.
  • I never ever think to myself like oh man
  • like I gotta go to work today.
  • It's always been like, oh, I wanna make this cool thing.
  • I wanna get there as soon as possible.
  • Food just really brings people
  • together no matter who you are.
  • I can honestly say that 99% of my friends
  • are my friends because I have given them food.
  • I love making these videos not for myself,
  • but for other people because I really love
  • how food is cool and I wanna show them that.
  • (optimistic music)

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