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Another entry about the RZA… This video is a trailer for a movie he is working on, called The Man with the Iron Fist. It looks like it’s going to be really good: written, directed, and scored by RZA, produced by Eli Roth, contributed to by Quentin Tarantino, and featuring both RZA’s own martial arts teacher Sifu Shi Yan Ming (with whom he studies Qi Gong) and his and ODB’s uncle Dr. King Ogun Ali Muhammad. I’m guessing the trailer is mostly test footage, because according to this article, the project has received funding but has yet to begin shooting. In any case, I can’t wait for this to come out. Oh, and in case you didn’t think this was awesome enough already, that’s John Frusciante playing guitar in the trailer.
I’ve discovered one of my favorite new foods. I recently started getting into the music of the Wu-Tang Clan and its members (many of whom are vegetarians), and when reading up on one of their albums I stumbled upon an interview in which the RZA describes one of his signature dishes..
“A RZA burger is a veggie patty with a fried egg, cheese, lettuce, pickles and all that, smashed between two delicious waffles. Spread mustard and mayo on it with a little butter and put that shit together. Trust me, son, that shit needs to be in stores.”
As soon as I read that I knew I had to make one. I sat on the idea for a while, but finally whipped up my own version: two buttermilk waffles, a portabello garden-burger, fried egg, american cheese, some caramelized onions, and to top it all off, a leftover chile relleño from Chevy’s. I poured a glass of cold water, turned up some Orchestra Baobab, snapped a few photos, and dug into one of the most intensely satisfying meals I can remember. Every flavor came through in perfect balance; sweetness from the waffles combined with umami from the mushroom and egg, slight saltiness from the cheese, and just the right amount of heat from the poblano pepper. Delicious.