Several years ago, a family of new owners planted their spatulas at Cheng's Chinese. They're from Fujian, China, a province known not only for its oolong tea but also for its diverse array of fresh fish. Perhaps this familiarity with seafood is why one of the most popular menu items is the lunch buffet's fried shrimp, which careens through a blizzard of rice flour before it briefly hurtles into a hot pan. Chefs also wrap egg rolls, simmer soups from scratch, and make their own dumplings and wontons.
While every dish at ChopStix can be eaten with traditional chop sticks, it isn?t a requirement. The experience is more focused on the flavors in the dishes, from teriyaki-glazed salmon to eggplant in spicy garlic sauce. Chefs tuck veggies and pork into bowls of fried rice and lo mein noodles, and a number of Chefs? Special dishes whip tongues with chili sauce or Hunan-style spices. The chefs also delicately slice strips of salmon, tuna, and eel to make sushi rolls.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery utilizes ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($3.79 for a regular size) such as pumpkin, honey, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto, or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($4.89), which comes standard with one mix-in such as cashews or Kit Kat pieces ($0.59 for additional mix-ins). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors.
At China 3, chefs use Zabiha hand-cut meats to build a menu of halal Chinese and Indo-Pak dishes. Szechuan style shrimp, broccoli simmered in garlic sauce, and sweet and sour chicken showcase the culinary flavors of the far east. Meanwhile, South Asian classics include goat biryani and kabobs galore, all served with naan cooked in a traditional clay oven.
Sometimes after cracking open the day's shipment of ocean-fresh oysters, the owners of Murphys Oyster Bar measure the shellfish using an unconventional rubric: frosty beer bottles. At times, the oysters are nearly as long as a Corona Extra; other times, they almost reach the length of a Bud Light. In addition to those succulent, fresh oysters, diners can devour crab legs, clams, and other seafood, plus tender steaks, greek salad, and gyros. Live entertainment and hookah pipes packed with fragrant tobacco make Murphys Oyster Bar a relaxing place to unwind in the evening.
Tom Lu doesn't just serve recipes from his native China at Asian Pop. As the Ocala Star-Banner reports, his food combines flavors from throughout the continent and beyond, including pan-fried indian cakes with curry sauce and new york strip steak and onions prepared in the Mongolian style. In doing so, Chef Tom brings unexpected twists to Asian culinary classics such as the Funky Monkey sushi roll, whose tempura-shrimp and cream cheese is topped with a slice of banana. Meals unfold in booths situated beneath televisions that show a playlist of Asian music videos personally selected by Chef Tom.