Distance Dining Chef’s Study
Junzi Kitchen, a fast-casual Chinese concept in New York City, has long had a periodic dinner series called Chef’s Study, in which the chefs present seated dinners based on a theme. Those themes have included 14th century imperial ducks, recipes that trace the Silk Road, and the Nixon Dinner (featuring items from President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972).
Junzi Kitchen has taken the concept online with a weekly series that customers can participate in by ordering the meal via Eventbrite for contactless delivery and then tuning in to the restaurant’s Instagram page at 7 p.m. each Friday, when chef Lucas Sin live-streams plating instructions and discusses each dish.
The theme on Friday, April 17 is Chinese-Japanese and discusses how the Japanese have reinterpreted Chinese cuisine.
This is the menu:
Chawanmushi: Savory custard with jinhua ham dashi, dried scallops, and Element Farms pea shoots
Mapo Nasu: Eggplant braised in Japanese-style mapo sauce with miso caramel, doubanjiang and ground pork shoulder, served with a leek dashi rice
Golden Sand Lava Cake: Dim sum-style salted egg custard lava cake with almond cookie crumbs from dessert kit company Kitsby