Before beginning I must stand tall and say I was a trooper for going to the dinner. And I’m SO glad I did, I’d be bleeding and have no arms and I’d go. I love noodles. THE dinner was SO FUCKING amazing. I adore noodles, but never have I ever had so much delicious tender QQ noodles.
But let me start from the beginning….
After a night out at Mandu and such.. I woke up early, per usual, to work.
After having a bowl of Safeway clam chowder, with lotsa hot sauce, for lunch, I was stuck with food poisoning and projectile vomiting for the whole day…
Pukey Miss Tiffie
W and I headed to Crystal City to go shopping for The Source‘s anniversary dinner tonight.. and we almost didn’t even go when I BOMBED the bathroom with more vomiting.
W even said we should probably not go. He wasn’t feeling too swell either.
BUT that did NOT stop me and W getting FABBBBULOUS outfits and going to the dinner.
We got there a bit early for some H’orderves and Champagne. Dumplings, sushi and other delicacies were passed around.. including flutes and ever-flowing bubbly. DIVINE. A few glasses in and a bite or two, I sat down in anticipation. Reading and re-reading the menu over and over again.
The Source’s 5 Year Anniversary Noodle Dinner
Thursday, September 27, 2012
It was sold out but W and I were lucky enough to be offered seats as Mandu’s Danny Lee’s guests YAY
We are supppper excited!!! Look how hipster W looks. <3
Chef Kaz Okochi, Kaz Sushi Bistro
Jiyashi Ramen (Japanese Summer Noodles)
Maine Lobster, Prosciutto, Sesame-Soy-Mustard Sauce
Paired with: Junmai, Kinshihai Yukikage “Snow Shadow”, Nilgata, Japan
A great refreshing start. Mix it all up and down it went Lobster actually wasn’t necessary. Just an expensive accessory. W can’t eat shellfish so he got it without it, just the prosciutto. WHICH, strangely, the prosciutto wasn’t overpowering like I was scared it would be. A great great start. The shot went down smooooooth and paired sooo well with the dish. Both light and refreshing, Perfect balance.
Chef Yesoon and Danny Lee, Mandu
Somyun Noodles, Kimchi, Gochujang, Radish
Paired with: Makgeolli, Korean Rice Wine
This was sooo good, vegetarian and REFRESHING. Spice. Cold. Quail Egg. I would LOVE to eat a huge bowl of this for lunch anytime anywhere!Booze in a bowl?
YAY. I also LOOOOVE milky rice booze. This was sightly tart and soooo delicious.
Mama Lee and Danny!!!
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground
Somen Noodles, Gatangal-Tumeric Stock, Cucumber, Bean Sprouts, Pounded Fish, Chilis
Paired with: “There is more to Cambodia than Angkor Wat” Okunomatsu Sparkling Junmai Daiginjo Sake, Cointreau, Lemongrass Syrup, Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters
I’ve heard amazing things about Toki but this just didn’t get my mojo running. It was too fishy for my taste The flavors were off.. and the “pounded fish” aka definitely raw mackerel was soooooo fishy. :[ Sorry Toki, not my steeze.
My pairing for it didn’t come until AFTER i attempted to eat it. Kinda annoying. IT HUGE WAS, but def better than the dish itself.
Extra boozey mimosa. Pretty much.
Chef Chao Sheng Liu, Mala Tang
Dan Dan Noodles
Minced Pork, Szechuan Pepper, Red Chili Oil
Paired with: Echigo Koshihikari Lager, Japan
My favorite dish of the night. I LOOOOVE Szechuan food and I LOOOOOVE dan dan noodles. Spicy. Porky. Not too oily. HOLY FUCK amazing!!! I usually get it from Lao Sichuan but this was sooo freaking bomb. NOT OVERLY spicy but just beautiful. You could taste the szechuan peppercorn and everything.
Beer pairing, tho it was Japanese beer went beautifully with it and cut thru the oil, spice and the szechuan peppercorn taste. FUCK YEAH.
Khao Soi Noodles
Short Rib, Braised Tongue, Chiang Mai Sausage
The making of my lovey Brent who works at Proof. AMAZING noodles and the most tender tongue, fatty short rib and the sausage. OMG. DELICIOUS. Wine was a bit on the sweet side for the pairing but I devoured the dish completely. LICK LICK.
Chef Scott Drewno, Wolfgang Pukc’s ‘the source’
Chow Fun Noodles, Crushed Peanuts
Paired with: Berthet-Rayne, Châteauneuf–du-Pape, France 2009
This was paired with a beautiful red wine. This duck though…… I’ve had MANY MANY ducks – I’m asian for god’s sake. Chinatown. Taiwan. Asia. The amazing place in Chicago for duck. THIS. WAS. FUCKING. AMAZING. Fatty. Crisp. UGH. I DIE.
Dear Scott Drewno, please always make Duck for me from now on. Succulent. Juicy. Tender. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. Skin sooooo crisp and juicy….
Pre-Dessert: Citrus Sorbet
Great palette cleanser
Chef Pastry Chef Duane Copeland, Wolfgang Puck’s ‘the source’
Apple Custard Tart
Fried Pandan Noodles
Paired with: Beerenauslese, Steindorfer, Burgenland, Austria 2007
I LOOOOOOVED the gelato and the dehydrated apple. The tart was good, as was the crispy green noodles.. but I was done and done by this point. SOOO GOOD, I ate most of it anyways TEEHEE – the pairing was wayyyy overly sweet. Good but sweet – WHICH worked since the dessert wasn’t overly sweet. While I did enjoy the pandan noodles fried, I stil like them gooey and regular in coconut milk heehee…
Other Fun Notes of dinner:
- “Is this all Asian noodles?”
- I don’t like the taste of shellfish
- I don’t eat carbs
After, even though it was pouring out, we headed to Mandu on K Street for the afterparty. BEST. BONCHON. EVA.CH
One sojutini later, I was ready to go home and still continue vomiting from clam chower. UGH. Best Dinner though. I LOVE NOODLES