Without a doubt the Twin Cities boasts many fine Asian restaurants, and I enjoy several of them. I have, however, struggled to locate great Chinese until recently, when I was invited by a client (thanks Jim G.) to Shuang Cheng in Dinkytown.
After this first trip to Shuang Cheng, I was sold and had to share this new favorite dining paradise with friends and family. Last week two pals (Rossy and Sandy B) and I met at Shuang Cheng for Friday lunch, and, with their permission, I chose the same two selections from my prior visit and two others selected with the help of our server. Sharing four entrees between the three of us sounded perfect to all. The server selected the Beef with Dried Orange Peel – sliced beef deep-fried and served with Special Orange Sauce, and her favorite “TADA”, a massive whole Walleye Fried with Hot Meat Sauce. This dish garnered jaw dropping attention from us and nearby diners! To our great appreciation, our server offered to fillet the Walleye, which was excellent; but the hot meat sauce stole the show!
A few matters of note: The menu is extensive – review it in detail prior to your arrival, join a frequent diner, trust your server’s recommendations and check out the daily specials board. Dinkytown is pure fun, (http://dinkytownusa.org/) with abundant dining and entertainment options – make time to check out the area.
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Citra Hero is an elegant American IPA designed to showcase the Citra Hop variety.
We utilized 2-row, Pale Ale, Red Wheat and Belgian Aromatic malts to provide a deep golden color and clean malt profile for this hoppy ale. Multiple additions of Citra in the brew kettle infuse this beer with deep layers of citrus aroma and flavor and a clean, crisp yet intense bitterness.
After primary fermentation with our English Ale Yeast we dry-hopped with one pound per barrel of Citra once again to really load this ale up with a burst of fresh citrus fruit.
Weighing in at 7.5% ABV this ale is sturdy enough to hold up to the higher bitterness level but is still quite sessionable and exploding with fresh hop character!