As if winning the admiration of customers across Detroit wasn?t enough, Chrystyna Adams, head chef and owner of Christine?s Cuisine, went ahead and earned a spot in Rachael Ray?s heart with her homemade pierogies, which the Food Network star deemed the best in Michigan. And pierogies aren't the only thing the Chrystyna can make. As Dining in the D discovered, the talented chef transforms beets and sour cream into decadent Ukrainian borsch, and keeps potato pancakes light, crispy, with her not-so-secret secret: adding oil to the batter, rather than the pan.
Yet, like David Hasselhoff's popularity, Chrystyna doesn?t stop in Eastern Europe. Her hand-written menus showcase items from across the globe. She brings flavors from Italy and Greece with eggplant parmesan and chicken athena dabbled with feta; she sends a shout out to America and its love for grilling and cows with blackened burgers paired with potato chips; and, she even turns breakfast up a notch with smoked salmon omelets, peanut butter and jelly waffles, and bacon and cheddar pancakes.
The chefs at Mai's Authentic Thai Cuisine plate up a mélange of rice and noodle dishes spiced in five incremental levels of heat. Diners can request their dishes in a spectrum of spice, from one-pepper mild to five-pepper extra extra hot, transforming the casual dining room's freestanding and booth tables into elegant venues for a taste-bud showdown. Coconut milk in the house curries adds creamy sweetness and blessed relief from the heat, while scrambled eggs deliver a dose of protein to a flock of fried-rice preparations. Diners can customize most meals with a choice of vegetables, tofu, meat, or seafood, and free WiFi flows through the air like tom yum soup from a spoon.
In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops sizzle in a symphony of familiar sounds and tasty smells. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and garlic sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with thai peppers that can taste mild or hotter than two astronauts making out on the surface of Venus. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet ‘n’ sour sauce.
Chefs at Lanna Thai Cuisine take guests on a culinary tour of of the region with a wide range of spiced curries, rice, and noodle dishes common in traditional Thai and northern Thailand cuisine. The aroma of lemongrass and ginger permeates the dining room as guests customize their orders, adding squid, mussels, shrimp or scallops to the basil-infused Pad Krapraow or a choice of meat and veggies to the spicy sriracha noodle. The heat of curry dishes, like the oxygen levels in a misbehaved astronaut’s shuttle, can be turned down.