Top Chef alum Shirley Chung has gained a following for the Chinese-American cuisine served at her Westside neighborhood joint and is doing her own take on Thanksgiving dinner with a variety of take-home feasts that you can reheat in under an hour. For a non-gobbling holiday bird this year, try her Whole Duck Feast (serves six) that comes with Tea-Smoked Duck served with smoked plum sauce and lotus buns. Or go the beef route with her 64-ounce boneless NY Strip Prime Rib (serves eight). Both meals include a Chinese Chicken Salad, Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots, Scallion Pancakes, and Duck Fat Rice Stuffing. But wait, there’s more! The restaurant will also offer a Peking-style Whole-Roasted Goose, brined for 36 hours alongside lotus buns, Ms. Chi chili crisp, and smoked plum sauce, as well as multi-course dinners for two to four people where you’ll choose a dumpling, starter, and main course (that could be Steak and Broccoli, Orange Chicken, a Half Duck, or Sauteed Vegan Yu Choy Hearts), plus jasmine rice and a dessert.
Cost: $94-$178 for the meal packages; $258 for the roasted goose.
How to order: Pre-order via Tock or by calling the restaurant at 424-361-5225 by November 20 for pickup on November 23 between 1 pm and 8 pm.
Cheeseburgers and potstickers seem like an unlikely pairing until you’ve taken a bite out of the jumbo-sized ground beef dumplings at Ms Chi Cafe. Oozing with melty cheddar cheese and served with smoky-sweet bacon tomato jam, the potstickers are a signature of Top Chef runner-up Shirley Chung (and one of her winning dishes on the show). Like her famous creation, the rest of Chung’s menu is a spectacular ode to Chinese-American cuisine, blending Northern-style Chinese flavors with all-American classics for unexpectedly delicious combinations. Crisp Salt and Pepper Tots are spiced up with Sichuan chilis, made-to-order Scallion Pancakes arrive with whipped tofu, and the creamy Honey Walnut Shrimp is coated in plum aioli and studded with candied nuts. Even the cocktails reflect Chung’s progressive approach, with an espresso-infused soju drink and chili-infused lychee libation on offer.
How to book: Make reservations online or call 424-361-5225 for pickup.
Chef/owner Shirley Chung infuses her background as a Beijing native and Chinese-American into this modern, fast-casual restaurant, with everything on the menu, including breads, dumpling wrappers, noodles, sauces, and more, made in-house. The result is fun, inspired dishes like Chung’s jumbo cheeseburger potstickers (a dish that sealed her Top Chef victory) and Tea-Smoked Duck with steamed lotus buns. With similarly compelling brunch (get the house-made scallion pancake), dessert (mochi donuts and shaved ice!), and cocktail (think boozy Thai teas, lychee, and passion fruit drinks) menus, there’s no question that you’ll be back to sample all of chef Chung’s delicious creations.
How to order: Reservations for patio dining can be made on Yelp, call 424-361-5225 for pickup, or delivery via delivery apps.