Sometimes talent comes in waves. The world wakes up, and we find ourselves inundated with British rock stars, Dominican ballplayers or Jewish novelists. Well, it’s happened again, thanks to the confluence of history, gastronomy and good luck. World, meet the A-Funk Collective. After much deliberation, I chose this name because 1) these chefs are Asian American, 2) their various styles all have in common a certain earthy vigor and 3) they all seem to know, like and respect each other in a marked way.

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