Hello everyone! I have a bit of a break in my crazy schedule of work. I started my part time job on Monday and so far so good! The only thing that’s tough is the wake up call at 4AM. But luckily I’ve been able to get a good amount of sleep. Tomorrow though, starts an 8 day stretch of work before having another 2 days off. I’ve already planned to spend the day in Boston with my parents and then whale watching on Saturday with the in-laws!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Myers + Chang restaurant with my former college roommate Courtney. She was out visiting from California and we had plans for a Townhouse 1 reunion in NH. The night before we drove up, I stayed with her at the Four Seasons and she had mentioned wanting to try out this restaurant after seeing it on the Food Network. I had never been so I was all for it! I made us a reservation at the bar for 7:30 and we were all set to go.
The restaurant was smaller than I thought it would be but it was very well laid out and didn’t feel cramped. We were able to get a seat at the bar overlooking the kitchen and who should be in there? Ms. Joanne Chang herself! Courtney was so excited. She’s there, just behind the cups on the left.
We were instructed by our server that the menu is best served one by one and to be shared amongst the diners. I had no problem with that! To drink I had a Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale with a touch of ginger. With a name like that, I could not pass it up. And it was delicious! So refreshing and not hoppy at all. Just the way I like it.
Our shared dishes were:
Crispy Spring Rolls with garlic chives, bamboo, shiitake mushroom (R)
Shiitake and Chinese Green Dumplings (L)
Corn and Coconut Soup with charred corn, chili oil
Braised Pork Belly Buns with bao, brandy hoisin, house pickle
Panko Crusted Lemon Chicken with watercress, cilantro, pickled radish (which sadly I did not take a picture of . I must have been too hungry.)
Dan Dan Noodles with fresh peanut and chili sambal
Everything was so delicious! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the spring rolls and the dumplings because they had mushrooms in them, but I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried them because they were phenomenal. The soup was definitely a creamy one, but I loved the taste of the charred corn. Reminded me of summer.
The highlight of the meal was definitely the pork belly buns. I have never had such soft, smooth and doughy buns as these. And the pork and sauce was so tender and flavorful, I could have easily eaten 4 or 5 of those. The dan dan noodles were also delicious although a bit spicy. But the beer helped with that. The lemon panko chicken was also moist and delicious with just the right amount of panko breading.
We were too stuffed for dessert, but I’m sure I’ll be back again! If only for those belly buns.
Myers + Chang is located at 1145 Washington Street in Boston’s South End.