Street Food by Water Song opens in Towson with family recipes

JENNIFER:, ON CHESAPEAKE AVENUE IN TOWSON, OWNER OF THE NEW STREET FOOD BY WATER SONG, COLIN LIANG IS COOKING UP RECIPES IN A GRAB AND GO STYLE MEANT TO TAKE YOU ON A FLAVOR PROFILE THROUGH AN ASIAN MARKET. >> ALL OF THE STORIES START WITH WHEN I WAS TRAVELING AROUND , DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, JAPAN, THAILAND, VIETNAM, AND I VERY ENJOY THE MARKET VIBE OVER THERE WHICH IS LATE NIGHT FOOD PEOPLE GATHERING TOGETHER. JENNIFER COLIN IS FROM A : PROVINCE IN SOUTHERN CHINA AND WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO THE STATES IN 2014, HE MISSED HIS FAMILY’S RECIPES. >> FOODIE. I LOVE THE FOOD BUT WHEN I CAME TO THE STATES I WAS — I WAS A FOODIE. I LOVE THE FOOD BUT WHEN I CAME TO THE STATES I WAS REALLY SICK OF MY HOMETOWN FOOD AND I COULDN’T FIND IT SO HOW CAN I DO THAT I HAVE TO MAKE IT. SO I STARTED LEARNING ALL THE RECIPES I CALL BACK TO MY MOM TO MY GRANDMOTHER SHOW ME TONS OF THE FACE TIME, TONS OF THE FACETIME SPENT ON A SINGLE DISH. JENNIFER LIKE THESE LEMONGRASS : RIBS NOW ON THE MENU. >> MY AUNTIE SHARED THIS DISH WITH ME BECAUSE THIS IS MY FAVORITE DISH. WE CALL IT LIKE STREET FOOD HASHBROWNS. JENNIFER COLIN OPENED HIS FIRST : RESTAURANT IN FEDERAL HILL DAYS AFTER MARYLAND SHUT DOWN IN Ö020 AND CREDITS TO COMMUNITY WITH HELPING HIM TO STAY AFLOAT DURING THE PANDEMIC. AND NOW WITH STREET FOOD HE’S HOPING TO SHARE MORE OF HIS PASSION IN A WAY THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO HIS ROOTS. >> THE TASTE, THE FLAVOR, THE TEXTURE, WANT TO COPY THAT AND PRESENT IT HERE. JENNIFER: STREET FOOD BY WATER SONG IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. SATURDAY CATERS TO THE COLLEGE CROW

New Towson restaurant focuses on Asian market-style street food

A new restaurant is open in Towson that focuses on Asian market-style street food.Street Food by Water Song is the second restaurant for owner Cheng “Colin” Liang, who opened his first venue during the pandemic.Now, Liang is cooking up recipes in a grab-and-go-style restaurant on West Chesapeake Avenue meant to take customers on a flavor profile through an Asian market.”All of the stories start with when I was traveling (around) different countries — I traveled to Japan, I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam — and I very enjoy the night market vibe over there, which is late-night food, people running together,” Liang said.Liang, who is from a province in southern China, first came to the U.S. in 2014 — and he missed his family’s recipes.”I was a foodie all the time. I love the food, even different food. But when I came to the states, I was really, really (homesick) for my hometown food and I couldn’t find it. So, how can I do that? I have to make it,” Liang said. “So, I started learning all the recipes. I call back to my mom, call back to my grandmother to say, ‘I want to make this dish, can you show me?’ (There were) tons of the FaceTimes on a single dish.”Some of the dishes include lemongrass ribs that are now on the menu.”My auntie shared this with me because this is my favorite dish,” Liang said. “We call it, like, street food hash browns.”Liang opened his first restaurant in Federal Hill days after Maryland shut down in 2020. He credits the community with helping him to stay afloat during the pandemic.Now, with Street Food, he hopes to share more of his passion in a way that pays homage to his roots.”The taste, the flavor, the texture, I want to copy that and present it here,” Liang said.Street Food by Water Song is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Saturdays cater to the college crowd.

A new restaurant is open in Towson that focuses on Asian market-style street food.

Street Food by Water Song is the second restaurant for owner Cheng “Colin” Liang, who opened his first venue during the pandemic.

Now, Liang is cooking up recipes in a grab-and-go-style restaurant on West Chesapeake Avenue meant to take customers on a flavor profile through an Asian market.

“All of the stories start with when I was traveling (around) different countries — I traveled to Japan, I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam — and I very enjoy the night market vibe over there, which is late-night food, people running together,” Liang said.

Liang, who is from a province in southern China, first came to the U.S. in 2014 — and he missed his family’s recipes.

“I was a foodie all the time. I love the food, even different food. But when I came to the states, I was really, really (homesick) for my hometown food and I couldn’t find it. So, how can I do that? I have to make it,” Liang said. “So, I started learning all the recipes. I call back to my mom, call back to my grandmother to say, ‘I want to make this dish, can you show me?’ (There were) tons of the FaceTimes on a single dish.”

Some of the dishes include lemongrass ribs that are now on the menu.

“My auntie shared this with me because this is my favorite dish,” Liang said. “We call it, like, street food hash browns.”

Liang opened his first restaurant in Federal Hill days after Maryland shut down in 2020. He credits the community with helping him to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Now, with Street Food, he hopes to share more of his passion in a way that pays homage to his roots.

“The taste, the flavor, the texture, I want to copy that and present it here,” Liang said.

Street Food by Water Song is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Saturdays cater to the college crowd.

Trisha Anderson

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