My mom has organized a Chinese New Year dinner in Philadelphia for the past few years. I haven’t been able to go for some reason or another, but this year my mother-in-law decided to treat my husband and I to it for our birthdays. I must say that it was a great present. First of all, the food is absolutely amazing. I found every course to be wonderful, but some items were more amazing than others. Secondly, the chef accommodated my food restrictions. I was able to have a mostly vegan meal with only a bit of dairy in the mango puree. Thirdly, the place is a BYOB AND there is no corkage fees! I brought bourbon with ginger beer to drink with my meal, but there was wine, a drink called Cinnamon Toast Crunch (tastes like the milk leftover from the cereal sitting in it), margaritas, and plenty of other stuff. Lastly, the place may not be the fanciest of places, but the chef was so personable that it made up for it. A million times over for sure.
Here’s the list of the courses and food:
- Appetizers: Vegetable spring roll, salt crusted tofu, fruit salad (the one on the plate had mayo, which was switched out for one that did not), eggplant “hamburger”, and tofu sushi with fries
- Intermezzo: Mango puree with ice and an envelope with a dollar for good luck
- Main Course: Tofu! in a sweet and slightly spicy sauce, rice with lettuce and corn and jicama, a “kebab” of fried tofu balls, pineapple, eggplant in a spicy sauce
- Sides: pasta with veggies (jicama, snow peas, green beans, carrots, lotus root), veggies for all (green beans, black mushrooms, corn, and sun-dried tomatoes)
- Dessert: fruit salad and a candy