Archive for May, 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 (http://andrewrowat.com/blog/2012/04/19/bon-appetit-mission-sichuan-spicy-food-in-chengdu-with-chef-danny-bowien-andrew-knowlton) 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).
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.
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