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Mission Chinese Food NYC – Danny Bowien Spices up the Big Apple

May 24th, 2012

On Tuesday night of this past week I had the pleasure of heading to Mission Chinese Food NYC to see what Danny Bowien was cooking up in his new Lower East Side digs. As you will (undoubtedly) recall I travelled with Danny and Andrew Knowlton from Bon Appetit magazine to Chengdu earlier this year ( to head to the source of Sichuan cooking. I only had a chance to have a couple dishes at MCFNY, but absolutely loved the mapo dofu and buckwheat noodles – I will be heading back to sample everything on the menu and convince Danny that he needs to have a ready stash of Er Guo Tou (二锅头) on hand at all times.

The location of the restaurant itself (at 154 Orchard St) is tucked downstairs next to a bar and has a long corridor that takes you past the kitchen (you can look through the glass) and into the main dining room guarded by a dragon looming overhead. Or you can check out the Twin Peak-themed bathroom. Really, it’s up to you. But the food is delicious (and super affordable!) and Danny is great, so, well, you should go! (and I apologize for the quality of the photos – they are all snapshots more than anything else, but should give you a feel for Danny & MCF).



AFAR – Hoi An Cau Lau Noodles – May/June 2012 Cover & Feature

May 15th, 2012

Just a quick note, with a longer entry to follow. You can go grab a copy of the May/June issue of AFAR magazine to see my story on the Cau Lau noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam,

written by the talented David Farley.

The May-June 2012 cover of Afar magazine photographed by Andrew Rowat in Hoi An, Vietnam.


You can check out the whole story here as a PDF: Andrew Rowat’s AFAR magazine Cau Lau Cover Story in Vietnam – May / June 2012