86 episodes

Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.

Chewing Chicago Tribune's Louisa Chu and WBEZ's Monica Eng

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    • 4.5 • 61 Ratings

Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.

    Bonus Snacks #1: Harold's Chicken

    Bonus Snacks #1: Harold's Chicken

    • 15 min
    Episode 83: Farm to Endangered Table, Season Finale

    Episode 83: Farm to Endangered Table, Season Finale

    Chef Rick Bayless shares how he and his teams are doing during the coronavirus pandemic with some heartbreaking details. Then Chewing co-host Monica Eng talks about the Goya Foods controversy with Chicago Cultural Alliance director Peter Vega. Plus she talks to the filmmakers behind “Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm.” Finally co-host Louisa Chu dares Monica and their podcast producer Iris Lin to taste a seasonal Japanese corn doughnut and CBD coffee, but Will They Eat It?

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode 82: Chinatown and Pizza Puffs

    Episode 82: Chinatown and Pizza Puffs

    Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu visits an influential Chinatown basement food court during the pandemic. Co-host Monica Eng uncovers the origin story of the iconic Chicago-invented pizza puff. Then Louisa dares Monica to taste a rancid lardo flavored egg, but Will She Eat It?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 81: Campy Broccoli and Pasta

    Episode 81: Campy Broccoli and Pasta

    Chewing podcast co-host Monica Eng details a lost interview with broccoli scientist Elizabeth Jeffery. Then Monica talks with fellow watchdog journalist Paul D. Thacker. Plus she visits Tortello pasta shop in Chicago during the before times. Finally co-host Louisa Chu dares her to eat Midwestern mostaccioli at a camp in Wisconsin, but Will She Eat It? 

    • 57 min
    Episode 80: Reopening Your Mouth

    Episode 80: Reopening Your Mouth

    Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks to chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés during his visit to Chicago about feeding people worldwide during disasters, the pandemic included. Co-host Monica Eng talks to doctors about safer ways to dine outdoors. Sun Wah BBQ restaurant co-owner Kelly Cheng shares what she'll require any diner to sign before they sit down during COVID. Then Louisa dares Monica and producer Iris Lin to try Japanese delicious sticks, but Will They Eat It?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 79: Flour Power

    Episode 79: Flour Power

    Chewing podcast co-host Louisa Chu talks to Old Fashioned Donuts owner Buritt Bulloch about the Chicago pastry institution. Co-host Monica Eng talks to pastry chef Gale Gand about her quarantine cooking series, and chef Aaron Patin shares the possibly rosy new future for restaurants and restaurant workers in dining 2.0. Then Monica dares Louisa to eat a lingzhi mushroom cook, but Will She Eat It?

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

crannible ,

Funny intentionally/unintentionally

I liked the trip interview because it highlighted for me the rivalry, real or staged, between Monica and Louisa. Monica, confident, flirty, with a habit of lingering on the gross or funky aspects of food and eating. Tough but with a with a fragile ego. Louisa, disciplined, authoritative and pedantic about Chinese food, with a bit of an older sister, critical attitude towards Monica. They are both eccentric and kinda cheap - which is funny and charming. Good local podcast that has real substance.

suectx ,

Really enjoyed episode 80!

Where can I find your chaat recipe? Google has too many options. It sounds like exactly what I want to eat in this hot weather!

desert holly ,

Canceling doesn’t seem wise. Restaurants, Goya

Cancel culture is childish and divisive. It accomplishes nothing. We need to respect other’s views even when we disagree.
Rick Baylis is right. It hurts others.
Don’t offend, don’t be offended.

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