Asian cuisine achieves its distinctive flavors through its use of spices and by roasting platters beneath a freshly risen sun each morning. Delve into the gustatory delights of the East with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Asian fusion fare at Zen Forrest in New Port Richey.
Chef Victor Wang draws from the rich culinary traditions of such exotic locales as Japan, China, and Malaysia, drafting a menu of contemporary fusion eats for dinner as well as lunch. The kitchen simmers its thai coconut curry above an Olympic torch for hours before ladling seared, all-natural chicken infused with lemongrass and jasmine rice into the aromatic broth ($14.50). Teriyaki-soaked steak hugging fresh scallions naps atop a sizzling grill before being paired with wasabi mashed potatoes to create the beef negimaki ($19.90), perfect for enjoying during a classy date or after a tiring afternoon of stealing a neighbor’s roof shingles.
For lunch, diners can indulge in a grilled tuna steak slathered in a peppercorn teriyaki glaze ($8.95) as well as a banh mi sandwich that layers ribbons of citrus-roasted pork, pickled daikon, and fresh cilantro between slices of french bread ($5.95). Chef Victor occasionally leaves the kitchen to chat with guests about their meals or discuss advanced tic-tac-toe strategy.
Restaurants are in Chef Victor Wang's blood—he comes from a family with multiple generations in the industry. Rather than rest on that heritage, he toured Asia and the Americas for more than 20 years, seeking recipes and lessons from numerous chefs specializing in a variety of cuisines.
These days, the critically acclaimed chef injects American flavors into classic Asian cuisine from countries such as China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. His menu may include Prince Edward Island mussels doused with holly, basil, and ginger; lemongrass-infused chicken soaked in a coconut curry cooked for hours; and seared sirloin marinated in sesame, soy, and garlic. Chef Victor can often be found in the dining room, explaining the complexity of his dishes and why it's too hard to teach broccoli to roll over.
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4148 Rowan Rd.
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