blame it on the scorpion bowl
nay, tommy and i had dinner at myers + chang last night. this fusion pan asian restaurant is owned by chris myers and joanne chang who are two big names in boston’s restaurant scene.
to be honest, i’m instantly turned off when i hear the words fusion OR pan asian. sure, i’ve had some decent lettuce wraps at pf changs, but when it comes to asian restaurants, i want it to be as authentic as it gets. but still, like most other boston diners, i’m convinced that joanne chang can do no wrong (she owns flour bakery whose treats you’ve probably drooled over at the eat like me blog), so when they opened up a year and a half ago, i immediately wanted to give this restaurant a try.
myers + chang is located in the south end, right at the chinatown border…which is such a perfect location. the south end is one of those neighborhoods that everyone wants to live in but can’t afford . it’s full of hip, trendy upscale eateries and boutiques. you know what i mean, right? like everyone who lives there has nice hair and a cute dog.
anyway sorry for all the digression. myers + chang is part asian restaurant/taiwanese cafe (god, i love taiwanese cafes- that pretty much sums up my life in high school), part indie diner. there are plenty of asian touches like that cat with the raised paw you always see in chinese restaurants and place mats cut from chinese newspaper. there’s also a chrome bar overlooking an open kitchen (with views of the fiery wok action going on), and (tasteful) tagging all over the walls.
(these photos were taken at the end of the night when we were one of the last diners)
one of the reasons we finally made it out to the restaurant was because i wanted pork buns like a madwoman. i need to go to momofuku but haven’t had the chance and the craving just wasn’t going away.
first things first, i ordered a scorpion bowl. this went down a little too easily… :P
the plates are tapas/dim sum sized, meant to be eaten family style and come out as they are completed…so we ordered a bunch of stuff to share.
my contributions were the green papaya slaw (this had a real kick! loved it!)
and as mentioned, the braised pork belly buns. god, why do asian people have to do such amazing things with this insanely fatty cut?
pillowy steamed bun, tender pork topped with a sticky sweet hoisin sauce, and pickled radish (love those!) this was perfection.
i wish i had a better picture. this is the point in the night when alcohol kicked in and i was like, screw it, my flash is going on! unfortunately, any photography skills i have turned off :)
we also got tea smoked short ribs. the meat fell right off the bone and melted in your mouth. they also had this crisp glazed exterior that packed so much flavor.
nay chose tiger’s tears, which is grilled steak salad topped with thai basil, lime, khao koor and asian braised short rib tacos.
have you guys heard of the kogi taco truck out in LA? they serve korean bbq tacos and are all the rage lately (think waiting in line for hours!) i’ve been insanely jealous because my friends in cali have been facebooking about it nonstop, but i’m no longer missing out! of course i don’t know what the original kogi taco tastes like, but the myers + chang version are a new addition to the menu so i’m sure it wouldn’t be a coincidence if they tasted similar. yay! i can get “kogi” in boston :)!
i didn’t taste any of the beef in the tiger’s tears salad, but the veggies were great- crisp, spicy, and topped with crunchy toasted rice flecks. so many flavors and textures! one of the flavors would be fiery red peppers- i accidently swallowed one and thought i was dying!
yum yum yum! this was such a great meal and there’s so much left on the menu that i want to try! i know there’s a whole lotta meat in the dishes above, but that’s only cus i had boys as dining companions. myers + chang also has separate vegetarian, gluten free, and nut-free menus. there are a lot of wok fried items, but you can find a healthy meal too. some of the healthier fare i remember include tofu topped soba noodles, edamame slaw, and a tofu banh mi (i need to try that!)
at the end of the night, our check came in a little golden pig.
unfortunately, this little babe didn’t bring me any luck! we decided to walk around the block to a bar (28 degrees…eh) and i wiped out on the street! boo! my ankle is a bit sore and i have a tiny scrape on my elbow…but other than my ego, i’m fine (thanks nay for laughing at me for the rest of the night!). the most damage was to my camera which i dropped. it takes pictures just fine, but every time i turn it on, i have to wait a few extra seconds and then cancel out of a set-up screen. basically, i have to wait like 30 seconds before i want to take a picture. *sigh* worse things could have happened, but still, damn that scorpion bowl for being so good— what’s in them anyway?
here’s me and nay about a minute before the fall. we’re standing in front of the chinatown community gardens! i’m wearing jeans for once which saved me from skinned knees!
this is a pic of 28 degrees. it was a nice bar with a snooty waitstaff. bleh. they had really cool restrooms though. random, but i was impressed!
i just sipped water at this bar and then we called it an early night because i’m a total weak sauce!
ahh i can’t wait to go back to myers + chang! lunch date anyone? :D