Saturday 16 June, 2012

How Lucky Can You Get? Lucky Rice Menu Preview!

Brian Howard's tilefish (Comme Ça)

Comme Ça’s tilefish

You may have read me and other food bloggers posting about the upcoming Lucky Rice Night Market at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas next weekend and thought, "Hm, maybe. But do I really want to spend that much for a whole food festival of Chinese food or whatever?"

I could repeat the obvious reasons, and risk sounding like a shill (It's a creative pan-Asian fest featuring chefs from LA, New York, Toronto; It brings together some of Vegas' best off-Strip and on-Strip talents; It also offers creative cocktails from a fistful of serious mixologists). But let me do one better--the LRNM folks let me have a peek at the planned menus from the chefs, and I can actually show you what they're going to be cooking.

Check it out:

Eddie Huang, BaoHaus NYC Char Siu Pork Bao: Sous-vide char siu pork with cucumer, cilantro, tza tsai, shwan tsai, Taiwanese red sugar, and crushed peanuts.

Shirley Chung, China Poblano Costillas de Puerco con Mole Amarillo: Pork ribs/mole amarillo/corn nuts/escabeche. plus their amazing Ro Jia Mo Street Sandwich and Jose Andres' Salt Air Margaritas.

David Myers/Brian Howard, Comme Ca Amadai no hana - age: deep fried tilefish, pickled lotus, charred tomato, sudachi vinagrette

Colin Fukunaga/Robert “Mags” Magsalin, Fukuburger Fuku Fried Chicken,  Wafu Honey Sesame Chicken,  Andagi Rolled in Cinnamon and Sugar, drizzled with Jackfruit Maple Syrup

Anthony Meidenbauer/Michael Frauenheim, Holsteins Thai Pork Sliders with Asian slaw, Thai Basil, Coconut Curry Aioli, and Pandan Cupcakes with Coconut Cream

Susur Lee, Lee Toronto Rack of lamb Thailandaise

Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam Khao Soi Beef Curry

Sang Yoon, Lukshon Cured Hawaiian butterfish with watermelon radish, Nahm Jim, Rau Ram. Also, Sichuan lamb tartare with preserved chiles, prickly ash, cilantro, puffed black rice

Neapolitan (Cosmopolitan's new Boulevard Pool Treat Stop) Non-alcoholic push popsicles: “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (peach popsicle dipped in brown sugar crumble), “Getting Drunk in the Rain” (coconut and pineapple), “The Watermelon Patch” (watermelon, lime with cucumber, dipped in chile salt)

Pichet Ong, Qi Olive Oil Torrejas, strawberries, maldon salt

Mitsuo Endo, Raku Charcoal Grill Kobe Beef Outside Skirt, Kurobuta Pork Cheek, Kobe Beef Tendon, Chicken Meat Ball

Jordan Kahn, Red Medicine Chicken dumplings, caramelized sugar, pork fat, lemongrass, confitures

Charles Phan, Slanted Door Garlic beef rolls, thai basil, house made srirracha

Angelo Sosa, Social Eatz Sashimi of fluke with bone marrow and parmesan reggiano

Stephen Hopcraft, STK Short Rib Potsticker with scallions and wasabi jus

Dale Talde, Talde Perilla Leaf Salad, Tamarind Bacon Caramel, Lime, Chili, Dried Shrimp

Jet Tila, The Charleston Braised short rib taco with Brussell sprouts and Kochujang salsa. Crispy pork belly buns with hoisin and Japanese pickle

Paul Qui, Uchi Sunchoke dashi with summer vegetables and uni bottarga

Gerald Chin, Wicked Spoon Szechuan Fried Sweetbreads with Opal Basil, Compressed Watermelon, Masago Arare


Jerry Vargas: Lucky Number (Bombay Saphire East, Domaine de Canton, Apricot simple, Coconut Water and Lime juice)

Mariena Mercer: Fit to be Thai’ed (Pandan Infused Bombay Sapphire East, St George Thai Basil Eau De Vie, Sweet Ginger Puree, Thai Chili Peanut Syrup, Kaffir Lime leaves, Lemon Grass Coconut Cream and Garam Masala)

Duggan McDonnell: Gentleman's Delight (Bombay Sapphire East, M & R Bianco Vermouth, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Tonic, Cucumbers, Angostura Bitters) Also: Old Wives' Tale (Grey Goose Le Poire, Benedictine, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider, Whole Limes)

Chris Hopkins: Year of the Dragon (Bombay Sapphire East, Yellow Chartreuse, Lime juice, Caramelized pineapple puree, Jalapeno tabasco, Kaffir lime leaves, Cardamom/verbena syrup)

Tobin Ellis: Hop Hop (Bombay Sapphire East, Napa Valley Pear, Napa Valley Ginger, Napa Valley Yuzu and Looza Pear Nectar) Also: Corzo Thai Pulled Tea (Corzo Reposado Tequila, Homemade Thai Tea, Half and Half, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters)

Tony Abou-Ganim: Bubbling Rose (Bombay Sapphire East gin, fresh lemon juice, homemade hibiscus syrup, chilled champagne, garnished with lemon slices) Also: 430 (Bacardi O, Guava Nectar, Fresh Lemon Sour, Aperol, orange slices)

Hungry yet? Thirsty? Get ready, Las Vegas, see you next Saturday.

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