Several months ago, I received an invitation from Ming Chan to come by Chinatown Winchester on a Thursday night to experience a local scene centered on Sushi. Having traveled the world including Asian countries for the past ten years, I did not expect to find an excellent sushi experience right here in the Shenandoah Valley.
Located in Winchester, VA, Chinatown Restaurant brings a unique flair to Asian cuisine. From savory Chinese favorites to the fresh flavors of Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese dishes, Chinatown uses the highest quality ingredients and skillful preparation to provide you with a fantastic meal.
My evening with Chef Ming began with one of his signature cocktail beverages – Yuzu. Served in a martini glass straight up – Bicardi O, Disaronno, fresh ginger, lime juice, kissed with a sesame oil ad star anise, it is a delightful change from my traditional Cosmopolitan. As I sipped on my martini, Ming prepared each sushi roll and then let me have the tasting experience. Before we began, Ming asked me if there was anything I did not feel comfortable with and I told him “eel”. Many people are use to what is familiarly known as a Cucumber roll. I also like a tempura shrimp roll, which is called at Chinatown – the “Crouching Tiger Roll”. But there are so many more. Below is a list for you to step out of your comfort zone.
There are two styles –
Sashimi – served as a 4 pc
Ebi – Shrim * Harnachi – Yellowtail * Ika – Squid
Nigiri – 2 pc on Rice
Sake – Salmon * Unagi – Eel
Again, sushi is mainly associated with a rice roll. Try the “Fresh Roll” which is Harnachi, sake, maguro and avocado wrapped in thinly slice cucumber topped with ponzo sauce – definitely my favorite
Another large surprise is Ming’s wine cellar. Perhaps the one of the largest and best in the city of Winchester. Chinatown offers a buffet for the traditional American Chinese favorites. But it is the a la carte menu dinner entrees that showcase traditional Asian favorites.
Ma La Beef, a traditional Cantonese dish, is considered a “comfort food”. Sliced, wok seared New York Strip, straw black and button mushrooms, snow peas, and red peppers in a spicy ma la sauce. (My favorite).
Sichuan Udon Noodles feature chopped pork, sautéed with fresh scallions and udon noodles dressed with a smokey spicy sauce and topped with a poached egg.
A local favorite that has turned into a gathering spot to meet the locals, Chinatown is a “do not miss” if you are visiting. Definitely experience the sushi. Arrive on Thursday and sit up at the bar for a personal sushi experience with Ming Chan.
Ming will be a guest chef at the first Root to Table Culinary Series event on Friday, August 18th at Hillbrook Inn and Spa in Charles Town, West Virginia.
“Sushi is not really a summer dish since fish and shell fish is not in its prime in the summer,” said Ming. “Vietnam cuisine is one of the best examples of cultures (French and Asian) blending beautifully and the use of herbs and local products. My theme for this opening Root to Table event will be ‘Summer in Saigon’ featuring light tapas of lettuce wraps, pork and herbs from the garden. I will also featured a Asian martini called Shanghai Brow (Absolut Mandarin, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, and pineapple juice shaken and served straight up).”
Plan to attend – buy your tickets at Event Brite. Cost is $25 plus beverage, sales tax, and gratuity. – #TasteBlueRidge #GoBRT
Read about Ming’s history in the food industry.
Book a reservation at 540-662-0700.