Sambal oelek? Khao soi? Kimchi? Seaweed? We took in-depth looks at some of the most popular foods in East Asia, and pondered their potential futures in the U.S. On the more conventional side of things, we found the best steak restaurants in London and learned how to make Brussels sprouts two ways with Philly chef Michael Solomonov. We rounded up the finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards, as well as this week’s biggest restaurant openings from around the country. How did 30-year-old Ivy Mix become one of the U.S.’s best bartenders? And what does the implementation of Instagram’s new algorithms mean for food-based accounts? All that and more on this week’s 10 Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Here are the spots to visit for steak in London.
  2. We compiled a guide to all types of edible seaweed.
  3. What is sambal oelek and how do you use it?
  4. Watch a quick primer to Southeast Asian food with Leah Cohen.
  5. Instagram is changing its algorithms. What does this mean?
  6. This week’s biggest restaurant openings are from all around the U.S.
  7. Presenting the James Beard Foundation Awards finalists!
  8. How did 30-year old Ivy Mix become one of the U.S.’s best bartenders?
  9. Watch Philly chef Michael Solomonov make Brussels sprouts two ways.
  10. What does an illustrated kimchi party look like? Allow us to show you.