In 2012 Korean-American Chef-stroke-drummer Danny Bowien from Oklahoma City opens Mission Chinese in NYC. He brings Sichuan Chinese food which he discovered in his mid 20’s after a stint in culinary-school. From what I researched, he was instantly intrigued by the cuisine, and find it tricky to decode it ingredients, the flavours and how it all tasted to him. He started cooking Sichuan cuisine at a San Francisco pop-up within a Chinese restaurant, this was how Mission Chinese was born.
Char Siu Pork Cheek, pickled beets and hibiscus glaze $12 was a pleasant surprise of unctuous pork, hunks of sweet earthy beets and pickled ribbons of the stuff. Seemingly, it was char siu pork hipsterfied; dismantling classics doesn’t really bother me as long as it tastes good.
Malaysian beef jerky fried rice $15, came with a variety of mushrooms, fragrant sawtooth coriander and gets a pile of, from what I gather cheese and onion crisps! The portion size wasn’t shy which we loved, and with all the wok roasted ingredients eaten together, it was sublime.
Broccoli beef brisket $21 was a concoction of baby Chinese kai-lan, house-made oyster sauce and roasted seeds. The broccoli was sweet and tender, but salinity levels of the brisket was enough defrost the roads on my street during a frost bitten January – knee high in snow.
The sweet and sour schnitzel $30 was a whole deboned fish with stewed red plum, topped with grapes and sorrel. Steam puffed out of the crispy exterior when we poked it, exposing the beautiful pearly-white fish. The sweet citric notes of the fruit gave balance.
Thrice cooked bacon and rice cakes $16, came with bitter melon and sweet tofu, topped with lashings of coriander and spring onions. The result was a blast, I can only describe it as an umami, chewy chilli bomb. A total stand out dish and a must have IMHO!
When did I go? Nov 2016
The damage: Expect to pay $45ish (£35ish)
The good: Rule breaking Chinese food with delicious ingredients and lashings of wok magic. There isn’t a lot the not to like! The jerky fried rice was a feast for the senses, the schnitzel eaten effortlessly and those chewy spicy rice cakes were a flavour punch to the palate. Everything was wrapped up in a quirky and fun atmosphere.
The bad: The brisket broccoli dish was a real challenge to eat, loosen up on the salt please!
Would I go again? Yes
Address: 171 E Broadway New York, NY 10002
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