I’m happy to report that our first OTB Economic Stimulus dinner was a fantastic success. On April 25, 2009, 14 foodies converged on Chengdu 1 restaurant in Cedar Grove, New Jersey for a night of major league, mouth numbing and mucus membrane burning Sichuan goodness.
Related OTB Post: NJ Dining – Chengdu 1
89 Pompton Ave (Pilgrim Shopping Plaza)
Cedar Grove NJ, 973-239-7726
Web Site: http://www.chengdu1nj.com/
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Inaugural Beverage: Economic Stimulus Beer, homebrewed by NJ foodie and OTB reader “HelenaS”.
Amuse #1: Sichuan Pickled Broccoli Stems. I could totally eat a huge jar of these things, they should have them in supermarkets.
Amuse #2: Sichuan Pickled Radish.
Amuse #3: Sichuan Peanuts.
First Course: Sichuan Wontons.
Second Course: “Ants on a Tree”. This is a noodle dish with ground pork and a strong Sichuan peppercorn flavor.
Third Course: Homemade Chinese Sausage with Chili Peppers and Leeks.
Fourth Course: Lamb Spare Ribs. These were a big hit.
Fifth Course: Jumbo Spicy Shrimp.
Sixth Course: Kung Pao Chicken
Seventh Course: Sauteed Chinese Broccoli Tips.
Eighth Course: Chili Pepper Saute with Black Chingkiang Vinegar
Ninth Course: Sauteed Spicy Lamb
Tenth Course: Spicy Rabbit Filets
Eleventh Course: Ma Po Tofu.
Dessert #1: Sweet Sticky Rice
Dessert #2: Mashed Sweet Taro Root
The damage? With double orders of each dish, $30 per person with tax and generous tip included.
If you have ideas for future ESD’s in the New York and New Jersey metro area, please contact me on my About page. If you’d like to organize an Economic Stimulus Dinner in your neck of the woods, please feel free to do so and I’ll be happy to promote it.
Over the next two months I will be visiting the Chicago area. So Chicago foodies, start thinking about where we can pour some money into the Windy City economy!