Eat What Mark Wien Eats, At Your Own Home : 5 Recipes You Can Make at Home

Eat What Mark Wien Eats, At Your Own Home : 5 Recipes You Can Make at Home

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One of my ultimate ways to make my home a cozy nest is to stare intently at Mark Wiens' food travel channel, drooling miserably until I pass out in bed. Of all the travel channels I watch, the reason I am obsessed with Mark Wiens is his genuine love for food and people. Another adorable detail is that he travels with his wife and son every time. For so many years now, it's like the whole world has watched Micah grow from a toddler to running around in front of the camera - it'sadorable.
But truthfully, Mark Wiens is one of the travel YouTubers I feel like I can believe. From his travel experiences and his opinions on local food to his recommendations, I trust the information I get from him. I also absolutely admire his openness. He respects every culture and food he comes across and enjoys them endearingly. He won't say no to anything until he tries it. This is still the one thing I am continuously preparing myself for when I travel - just try it. If I come across something that I suspect I won't like, I promise myself I must try it - it's an experience after all. Just be respectful.
One region he talks about the most is definitely Southeast Asia, as he lives in Thailand. Watching him introduce all kinds of Southeast Asian cuisine one by one makes me want to move there right now. But the thing is, I am poor and because of that, I spend all my time hustling. I can't travel and eat like Mark. And damn, yes, he can eat - no doubt about his channel and you'll know. So, to satisfy some of those cravings, I often start looking up dishes and try to cook them at home. They won't be authentic, but they're still better than nothing. Here, I've gathered some vlog recipes that are somewhat well-known dishes that the western culture is familiar with from Mark's channel. But these are a bit more authentic for you to try out.

1, Tom Yum

The Tour - Thailand

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What is Tom Yum?

Tom yum is a popular Thai hot and sour soup that is made with shrimp, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, chili peppers, fish sauce, and lime juice. It is a delicious and refreshing soup that is perfect for a hot day. Tom yum is also a very versatile soup, and there are many different variations of it, including tom yum goong (shrimp), tom yum gai (chicken), and tom yum talay (seafood).

Why do I love this?

Tom Yum is definitely one of my obsessions. This is a dish that I needed to learn to love. I remember I just couldn't understand the flavor when I was really young, like 7-8 years old. It's complex and sour; it just wasn't a dish that I knew how to appreciate. But the older I get, especially after coming to America, the more I appreciate this complex yet distinct dish. The recipe video is actually directly from Mark Wien himself, whichmakes it even better. The following are some direct links from Amazon to help you gather some essential ingredients. For the fresh herbs, if you can get them from your local market, please do so. But if you can't, order them online!

Ingredients to hunt down:

The recipe


The Tour - Italy

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What is Carbonara?

Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish made with spaghetti, eggs, cheese, and cured pork. It is a simple yet flavorful and satisfying dish that is often served as a main course or light meal. The main ingredients are spaghetti, eggs, cheese, and cured pork, which is typically guanciale, but pancetta or bacon can also be used. The eggs are beaten together with some grated cheese before being added to the pasta, and the pork is cooked until crispy. Carbonara is a versatile dish that can be customized to taste, and it is enjoyed all over the world. 

Why do I love this?

Carbonara is one of the most authentic Italian pasta dishes I've ever tried making. I love raw and semi-raw egg yolks, so much so that I would break up with my boyfriend if he messed up my runny yolk egg, just saying! So it's no surprise that I love this rustic Italian dish. It's a simple yet flavorful delight that is perfect for any occasion. And, because it's so easy to make, you can easily become a master chef with this recipe!

The Recipe 



3, Tapas

The Tour - Spain

What is Tapas?

Tapas are small, savory dishes that are typically served in Spain as appetizers or snacks. They can be made with a variety of ingredients, including meat, fish, vegetables, and cheese. Tapas are often served with a glass of wine or beer, and they are a popular way to socialize with friends and family.

Why do I love this?

Tapas reminds me of dim sum, a cuisine from my hometown of Hong Kong. These two dining cultures each have their unique approach to dining, where one may be enjoying a warm cup of tea and the other a glass of wine, yet they both provide a relaxed atmosphere for socializing with friends and family. I always look forward to indulging in a plethora of small dishes, packed with a myriad of flavours, making for a satisfying and delicious meal. What stands out most about these two cultures is the ingredients' quality and the flavorful combinations that come together in every bite. This enables me to savour each meal while connecting and conversing with those around me.

The recipe



The Tour - Greece

What is Souvlaki?

Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish consisting of small pieces of meat or vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is typically made with pork, chicken, or lamb, but other meats, such as beef or fish, can also be used. Souvlaki is often served with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki. It can also be served as a main course or as an appetizer.

Why do I love this?

The use of yogurt is what got me curious and in love with Greek cuisine. Yogurt provides a light yet complex element to a dish that's refreshing. Personally, I also enjoy adding mint to my yogurt sauce, especially when using fatty beef or lamb.

The Recipe


5, Oden

The Tour - Japan

What is Oden?

Oden is a Japanese one-pot dish (nabemono) made by simmering a variety of ingredients in a light dashi broth. It is a popular wintertime dish in Japan, and it is often served at festivals and street stalls.

The ingredients in oden can vary depending on the region, but some common ingredients include boiled eggs, daikon radish, konjac, and processed fishcakes. Other ingredients that may be included in oden include tofu, kamaboko (fishcakes), chikuwa (fish sausages), and shiitake mushrooms.

Oden is typically served in a donabe (clay pot), and it is eaten with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, mirin, and dashi. It is a hearty and flavorful dish that is perfect for a cold winter day.

Why do I love this?

Oden is a very cozy and homely dish. Growing up in Hong Kong, which is geographically very close to Japan, I was highly influenced by Japanese culture. Especially growing up with a rich manga culture, oden is a dish that speaks comfort food to me. It's light yet flavorful, a dish I can eat all year long.


I always encourage my friends to cook at home. It's nice to know where your food comes from, what goes intoit, and how it's made. I believe cooking is a humbling process. Every effort we put in is not just about how we will like our food, but also about how the people we are serving will like the food. Thisinvolves a level of empathy and understanding. No one is born a good cook. Everyone has to start somewhere, so why not start now?

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