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Bricolage - "Kao Yuk" Soy Braised Pork Belly


"This rich, flavorful pork belly is a celebratory dish my dad makes for special occasions and family get togethers.  All my uncles, aunts and grandparents have their own version and secret recipe. This one is ours. I like to make my own preserved lemon but you can also use store bought. Enjoy with steamed rice, in a sandwich or in a hash." - Chef Lien 

Recipe contains garlic and soy


"The charity I’m choosing is NAAPIMHA National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association. I want to bring awareness to to the importance of mental health.  There is often a negative stigma associated with mental health, especially in the Asian and Asian American community. It’s even more important than ever during these unpredictable times. " - Chef Lien 


Lien Lin's love for food started at a very young age. Her family fled from Vietnam as refugees, spending several years in a Hong Kong refugee camp where her mother sold street food, before arriving in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1981. Her family members became restaurant workers and eventually opened their very own Chinese restaurant in upstate New York, and it was in helping her parents wash dishes and fold wontons at the family restaurant that Lien discovered her love for the culinary arts.

Lien Lin graduated from The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and joined The Slanted Door. Over the course of ten years, she advanced from line cook to Executive Sous Chef at the Slanted Door Group. During this time, the Slanted Door grew from one restaurant to a restaurant empire with seven restaurants and worldwide recognition.

She was the Executive Chef for Mama Tong, a producer of Chinese healing soups packaged for retail consumption. She serves as member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Culinary Forum Sprouts Cooking Club. In 2015 she became one of the founding members of Asian Food Mafia, a collaboration of local Asian chefs who promote Asian cuisine.

In February 2015, she opened Bricolage, a modern Vietnamese gastro pub in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She is the Chef and works alongside her business partner and husband, Edward Lin. Together they also raise three amazing boys under the age 10.

162 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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