Sound Excursions

FUNdation Totsong Talong with Musang's Mel Miranda + Cook-along Livestream [11/17/2021]


We are excited to invite you to a special experience exclusively employees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's celebrating FUNdation Fundsgiving!

FUNdation invites you to join our 4th annual FUNsGiving Lunch Giving Opportunity!  This year, we celebrate the true spirit of Thanksgiving with food, families, and fun this November & December all the while supporting businesses local to our U.S. offices.

This year, we will have a series of live cooking demonstrations with local chefs. As has been tradition, our Giving Opportunity is raising money for local food banks that need every dollar this season more than ever. Help us break new records this year with fundraising for these incredible organizations: DC Central Kitchen, Queen Anne Food Bank, Northwest Harvest and Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Anyone can join the cook-along which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Feel free to procure the ingredients yourself or have an ingredient kit (full of everything except the perishable items) sent straight to your doorstep. 

We hope you're ready to learn how to make some traditional Totsong Talong with Chef Mel Miranda of Musang! 


From Mel: "Our favorite veggie dish this season has definitely been Totsong Talong. Fried eggplant and tofu in a savory sauce -- simple and delicious. 💜

But what makes our totsong talong so special? Tausi!

Alam mo ba ... did you know ... fermented black beans, familiar in Chinese cuisines, are also used in Filipinx cooking. Supremely salty with a spectacularly savory note, a little bit goes a long way when it comes to using tausi. It's a great way to season food in a similar way you might used fish sauce or soy sauce. "

Join us for a cook-along of epic proportions where you can interact with Mel and receive realtime answers to any questions you have while in the kitchen.

This experience will be live streamed on Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 PM  PT.  If you cannot attend the livestream experience, the video will be made available for you to watch on-demand. The livestream is expected to be 1 hour in length.


  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Scallion
  • Yellow Onion
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fermented Black Beans
  • Mushroom Powder
  • Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Japanese Eggplants

    Your kit must be purchased by Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 PM PST to receive before the livestream class. 


    • Vegetable Oil
    • Salt
    • Perishable Items (shopping to be sent the week before your experience - will include Tofu)
    • Medium Saucepan
    • Wooden Spoon
    • Cast Iron or Large Saute Pan
    • Cutting Board & Knife


    Elton Nichols, Sommelier at Canlis, has recommended a wine to pair with this dish. If you are interested in purchasing, please visit Champion Wine Cellars.
    2018 Karl Lagler, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel, Wachau, AUT $24.00
    Dry Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau with white pepper, celery salt, lemon zest, and a hint of ginger. This wine is a great sip for the beginning of a meal, but also deals well with oil-driven dishes and umami.

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