'Countdown' (Thailand, 2012), directed by Nattawat Poonpiriya. Three Thai roommates living in NY get more than they bargained for when they seek out a new drug dealer. Screened at the 2013 NY Asian Film Festival.
The beef stew here will be unfamiliar to most cooks, though it has much in common with the classic American dish. It is Japanese in origin and loaded with the warmth of soy, ginger, sweetness (best provided by mirin, the sweet Japanese cooking wine, but sugar or honey will do, too), winter squash and the peel and juice of a lemon. These simple and delicious counterpoints make a great stew. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)