Zai Lai Chinese Grill [pop up]

What a nice surprise to find out that a friend of mine is cooking at a pop-up here in the city! I stopped by Graffiti (Chef Jehangir Mehta’s restaurant in the East Village) to check out Zai Lai Chinese Grille, which serves healthy, organic Chinese food. On the menu: Lion’s Head Meatballs (pork, ginger, scallion, water chestnuts) & bok choy and Bamboo Eggplant (marinated winter bamboo with Chinese eggplant in a soy glaze). Yum! Definitely not the typical beef & broccoli and General Tso’s chicken that you see on most Chinese food menus. Since I was one of the first 100 guests, I received my meal for free — how awesome is that! I thoroughly enjoyed the pork meatballs, which had a nice little crunch to them, thanks to the water chestnuts. Brilliant! I was thrilled to see my friend, Joy, and meet Karen and Chef Edward Huang. He is one to watch — he’ll be doing big things here in NYC in the future. Can’t wait to try more of his tasty food!

Zai Lai Chinese Grill

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Zai Lai pop up menu

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“Lion’s Head Meatballs” (pork, ginger, scallion, water chestnuts) & bok choy¬†

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Joy and Chef Edward Huang 

Zai Lai Chinese Grill [pop up]