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Signature Dish

Signature Dish discovers and reveals the standout dishes at a wide array of the region’s best restaurants, from the latest dining hot spots to strip-mall eateries serving up authentic global cuisines.

West African Cuisine

26m 46s

In this episode, Seth meets with the chefs who are putting their own twists on the bold flavors and colors of West African cuisine. The signature dishes are goat egusi, a Ghanaian stew served at Appioo in DC’s U Street neighborhood, yassa chicken, a Senegalese smothered chicken dish at Chez Dior in Hyattsville, MD; ebbeh, a Gambian seafood stew at Mansa Kunda in Takoma Park, MD.

Episodes

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    West African Cuisine

    S1 E5 - 26m 46s

    In this episode, Seth meets with the chefs who are putting their own twists on the bold flavors and colors of West African cuisine. The signature dishes are goat egusi, a Ghanaian stew served at Appioo in DC’s U Street neighborhood, yassa chicken, a Senegalese smothered chicken dish at Chez Dior in Hyattsville, MD; ebbeh, a Gambian seafood stew at Mansa Kunda in Takoma Park, MD.

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    Masters of Spice

    S1 E4 - 28m 7s

    Seth meets three chefs who are masters of using hot peppers and balancing the intense heat with incredible flavors. Along the way, he samples muu som, a stir-fried rice-fermented sour pork dish at Thip Khao in Columbia Heights; junglee laal maas, a spicy goat curry at Pappe in Logan Circle; and a whole steamed fish with fermented peppers and scallions at Q by Peter Chang in Bethesda, MD.

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    Caribbean Favorites

    S1 E3 - 25m 41s

    In this episode, Seth samples the diverse array of flavors around DC from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago, learning about the melting pot that is Caribbean cuisine. Signature dishes: Jamaican jerk chicken wings at Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food in Brightwood; chuleta kan kan, a fried pork chop at La Famosa in the Navy Yard; and curried beef roti at Cane on H Street NE.

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    Southeast Asian Specialties

    S1 E2 - 26m 42s

    While the flavors of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine are familiar to DC area diners, other unique cuisines of Southeast Asia are gaining popularity. Seth samples three dishes that represent these new trends: ohno knauk swe (coconut curry chicken noodle soup) at Thamee in Northeast DC; lechon belly at Kuya Ja Lechon Belly in Kensington, MD; fish head curry at Malaysian Kopitiam in Centreville, VA.

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    Cooking with Fire

    S1 E1 - 28m 4s

    The world’s oldest culinary technique – cooking over an open flame – is on vivid display as Seth Tillman meets 3 masters of fire who char, roast and smoke their way to unforgettable eats. Signature dishes: Wagyu beef brisket at 2Fifty Texas Barbeque in Riverdale Park, MD; “The Hot Mess” white pizza at Frankly…Pizza! in Kensington, MD; an iconic spiced lamb shoulder at Maydan in Northwest D.C.

Extras + Features

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    Preview: West African Cuisine

    S1 E5 - 30s

    In this episode, Seth meets with the chefs who are putting their own twists on the bold flavors and colors of West African cuisine. The signature dishes are goat egusi, a Ghanaian stew served at Appioo in DC’s U Street neighborhood, yassa chicken, a Senegalese smothered chicken dish at Chez Dior in Hyattsville, MD; ebbeh, a Gambian seafood stew at Mansa Kunda in Takoma Park, MD.

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    Preview: Masters of Spice

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Seth meets three chefs who are masters of using hot peppers and balancing the intense heat with incredible flavors. Along the way, he samples muu som, a stir-fried rice-fermented sour pork dish at Thip Khao in Columbia Heights; junglee laal maas, a spicy goat curry at Pappe in Logan Circle; and a whole steamed fish with fermented peppers and scallions at Q by Peter Chang in Bethesda, MD.

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    Preview: Caribbean Favorites

    S1 E3 - 30s

    In this episode, Seth samples the diverse array of flavors around DC from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago, learning about the melting pot that is Caribbean cuisine. Signature dishes: Jamaican jerk chicken wings at Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food in Brightwood; chuleta kan kan, a fried pork chop at La Famosa in the Navy Yard; and curried beef roti at Cane on H Street NE.

  • Preview: Southeast Asian Specialties: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Southeast Asian Specialties

    S1 E2 - 30s

    While the flavors of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine are familiar to DC area diners, other unique cuisines of Southeast Asia are gaining popularity. Seth samples three dishes that represent these new trends: ohno knauk swe (coconut curry chicken noodle soup) at Thamee in Northeast DC; lechon belly at Kuya Ja Lechon Belly in Kensington, MD; fish head curry at Malaysian Kopitiam in Centreville, VA.

Schedule

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    Signature Dish

    Cooking With Fire

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Wagyu beef brisket; The Hot Mess white pizza; spiced lamb shoulder.
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    Signature Dish

    Cooking With Fire

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Wagyu beef brisket; The Hot Mess white pizza; spiced lamb shoulder.
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    Signature Dish

    Southeast Asian Specialities

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Ohno knauk swe (coconut chicken noodle soup); lechon roast pork belly; fish head curry.
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    Signature Dish

    Southeast Asian Specialities

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Ohno knauk swe (coconut chicken noodle soup); lechon roast pork belly; fish head curry.
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    Signature Dish

    Caribbean Favorites

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Jerk chicken wings; chuleta kan kan (fried pork chop); curried beef roti.
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    Signature Dish

    Caribbean Favorites

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Jerk chicken wings; chuleta kan kan (fried pork chop); curried beef roti.
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    Signature Dish

    Masters of Spice

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Muu som (fermented pork); junglee laal maas (goat curry); steamed fish with peppers.
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    Signature Dish

    Masters of Spice

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Muu som (fermented pork); junglee laal maas (goat curry); steamed fish with peppers.
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    Signature Dish

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Chefs putting their own twists on West African cuisine; Ghanaian stew egusi; Senegalese yassa chicken; Gambian seafood stew ebbeh.
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    Signature Dish

    Monday
    May 30

    30 Minutes

    Chefs putting their own twists on West African cuisine; Ghanaian stew egusi; Senegalese yassa chicken; Gambian seafood stew ebbeh.
  • Image
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    Signature Dish

    Cooking With Fire

    Tuesday
    May 31

    30 Minutes

    Wagyu beef brisket; The Hot Mess white pizza; spiced lamb shoulder.
  • Image
    Signature Dish: TVSS: Iconic

    Signature Dish

    Southeast Asian Specialities

    Tuesday
    May 31

    30 Minutes

    Ohno knauk swe (coconut chicken noodle soup); lechon roast pork belly; fish head curry.
  • Image
    Signature Dish: TVSS: Iconic

    Signature Dish

    Caribbean Favorites

    Tuesday
    May 31

    30 Minutes

    Jerk chicken wings; chuleta kan kan (fried pork chop); curried beef roti.
  • Image
    Signature Dish: TVSS: Iconic

    Signature Dish

    Masters of Spice

    Tuesday
    May 31

    30 Minutes

    Muu som (fermented pork); junglee laal maas (goat curry); steamed fish with peppers.
  • Image
    Signature Dish: TVSS: Iconic

    Signature Dish

    Tuesday
    May 31

    30 Minutes

    Chefs putting their own twists on West African cuisine; Ghanaian stew egusi; Senegalese yassa chicken; Gambian seafood stew ebbeh.

More About Signature Dish

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Seth Tillman, host of Signature Dish
Seth Tillman, host of Signature Dish

Signature Dish discovers and reveals the standout dishes at a wide array of the region’s best restaurants, from the latest dining hot spots to strip-mall eateries serving up authentic global cuisines. In this new 12-part series, host Seth Tillman takes viewers on a culinary journey around the D.C. area, one “must-have” dish at a time.
 
Each episode of Signature Dish will visit three restaurants, where viewers will meet the proprietor/chef and learn about their signature dish. It might be unique to the restaurant, or perhaps it’s the chef’s new twist on a classic recipe? Whether it's the distinctive fish head curry at Malaysia Kopitiam in Centreville, VA, or Wagyu beef barbeque at 2Fifty, tucked away in Riverdale Park, MD, these mouth-watering menu items provide a flavorful view into the DMV’s vibrant restaurant landscape.
 
Signature Dish is hosted by Seth Tillman, a producer at WETA, who previously worked on two local restaurant shows and several documentaries about the history of the DC region. Seth combines a keen interest in the people who help make our local communities thrive, with a broad knowledge of the local dining scene and a gourmand's appreciation for the area's diverse culinary offerings.

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