I was meeting with Sam and Todd at Mission Chinese Food in the Lower East Side. Sam was shooting the owner for an Australian magazine outside the restaurant. I took a photo of a guy taking a photo of Sam taking a photo of the owner. So I started a blog called “Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters Taking Photos of Hipsters.”

The restaurant looks kind of like a small Chinese take-out place in the front, but in the back it’s a cool small indoor artsy garden. The menu is like a hipster take on Chinese food –i.e. Kung Pao Pastrami, Char Sui Pig Ear Terrine, Catfish a la Sichuan. Sounds interesting.

Started off with some drinks. The beers come in plastic tumblers. I was surprised when I picked it up. It was so light. I was thinking yes, this is how beer should come, so I don’t feel like I’m going to drop it all the time. But it does taste different. It’s not as cold. We also had some kind of boozy Horchata drink.

Dang, the food was awesome. I didn’t really expect to like it this much. Bold flavors.

The Chongquing Chicken Wings I think were made with Sichuan Peppercorns. They were strong and completely numbed my tongue. It also had small bits of Fried Beef Tripe. Todd didn’t know what those were. I wonder if he would have eaten it if he did.

Kung Pao Pastrami was good. What you think –Pastrami cooked Kung Pao style with peanuts and all.

Thrice Cooked Bacon amazing with the Shanghainese Rice Cakes. I feel like the rice cakes were the star with the chili oil. Bacons doesn’t hurt though.

Broccoli Beef Brisket with Smoked Oyster Sauce was the least flavorful. It was good and tender, but it wasn’t so crazy in my mouth. I guess it was a good palate cleanser.

That was a really good meal.

Mission Chinese Food – 154 Orchard St (btwn Stanton & Rivington) New York, NY 10002

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Jason Lam

Food blogger since 2008. Hair model since 2003.

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