My Top 5: Chef Donald Chang

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Photo credit: Julie Soefer
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At the start of the week, “My Top 5” features an enterprising Houstonian who shares his own favorite things to do in and around Houston. This week we hear from acclaimed Chef Donald Chang, co-owner and chef at the modern, Korean-inspired hotspot Nara in West Ave in Upper Kirby. 

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Chef Donald Chang

  1. Outreach with other families at New Life Fellowship Church – My family and I go to the church’s annual crawfish boil every April, where I like to participate in the watermelon-eating contest – although I have never won.
  2. Taking my daughter, Sophie, to the Children’s Museum of Houston – My wife Janet and I love watching Sophie play in the water fountains outside and letting her run amuck in the gift shop.
  3. Attending the Inspire Women conference with Janet – This is a non-profit organization that helps put underprivileged, abused, and/or homeless women in a safe place and helps them find a better life. Their stories are very inspiring.
  4. Going to CityCentre after church with family and friends – We love the open feel of it all. Our tradition is going to Ruggles Green for lunch, then to Red Mango for yogurt.
  5. Walking around Discovery Green – Late afternoon Sunday strolls with Sophie, Janet, and now my son Joshua are something we find so relaxing, especially with the view of the pond.

About Chef Donald Chang 

Donald Chang is co-owner and chef/restaurateur of Nara, the first modern Korean-inspired kitchen in Houston, and Uptown Sushi. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he moved to the United States as a young child and has lived in Houston for 37 years. Chef Chang spent 23 years working as a classically-Japanese trained chef in Houston before opening Nara, owning and operating several of his own restaurants along the way. His passion outside of the kitchen is helping people, particularly troubled youths with mental and secondary disorders that include substance and alcohol addiction. He and his wife, Janet, have been married for five years and have two children, Sophie and Joshua.