What would your death row meal be? Mine would consist of many dishes from many places. I’d call it Chloe’s Food Festival. And yes, I’m planning on having one all in one spot instead of making several stops daily. It would have ramen (of course), Korean dishes, Japanese, Wong’s buns, cheeseteaks, bread and butter, pork, sope, etc., etc.
In any case… Three weeks ago, during a boring Thursday night graduate class, I received Miso Izakaya’s December menu via email. The monthly omakase had everything I wanted. Everything. You know how all prix fixes never have all the things you like? Well, this one has it. It’s like, a menu, written for me. A Chloe Omakase. I had to wait a couple of weeks. A celebratory dinner for another semester completed. Was it worth it? You bet. It was my death row meal.
My $25 omakase started with Blue Crab miso soup. My mom taught me and my sister how to eat crabs on our own when we turned 4. It was a rite of passage. We’ve loved them since then. My miso soup was the perfect starter especially since it was freezing outside. The lump crab meat was fresh, sweetish, and tasted of the ocean. Cliché, I know, but it did!
Next came Crispy Duck Buns. There is no one, and I mean, no one in the city that makes better Chinese buns than Chef Guy Wong. I’ve been to literally all the dimsum places in town and his is 5-star. Really. The buns are pillowy soft with a smooth sheen. The filling? Out of this world. Wong’s Buns (as I call them) are so fantastic you owe it to yourself to try them. I had to eat a few extra orders of his Kakuni buns. These had super tender stewed pork belly in sweetish-salty reduction sauce that is truly amazing.
Steamed Gindara was next. Black cod, prepared Japanese-style, has been a childhood favorite. The fish melts in your mouth. So delicious. So clean tasting. Here at MI, it was served with a gingery soy sauce that was so mild which allowed the real taste of the fish to stand out. Honestly, I could eat 5 pounds of this. With a side of sushi rice.
Kakuni & Grits. Aside from many, many types of food, I’m also all about pork. Grits, you say? So did I. But it paired so well with the stewed pork belly. It was creamy and cheesy. The pork literally melted in my mouth. The tasty fat liquefied the minute it hit my tongue. Wow. Double wow.
The perfect ending to this amazing meal was a scoop of homemade, roasted black sesame ice cream that reminded me of another favorite, taro (purple yam).
So there. I was so happy after I ate. Oh, and guess what’s in store for January? Ramen!!! Go. Now.
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