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God of Cookery!

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A few people asked me why I presented Stephen Chow’s GOD OF COOKERY at the sold out Alamo Drafthouse event in Austin last week. Why a Chinese movie paired with vegetarian food? The reason is simple: Stephen Chow changed my life.

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Yes, this guy. I made life decisions based on him.

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“Because I am so cool.”

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Back when I was at NYU, my husband and I started going to the Music Palace, which was a rundown Chinese movie theater on the Bowery. Tickets were $6 for a double feature and they showed the latest movies from Hong Kong. We didn’t know from Hong Kong, but it was cheap and fun and so we started going. The first two movies we saw were okay (I don’t remember them) and we went back a few weeks later and saw a double feature of the weird comedy, ALWAYS BE THE WINNER, which was fun but then we saw Stephen Chow’s LOVE ON DELIVERY and we never went back. This was a movie so bizarre, so strange, so ridiculous that it was like visiting another dimension.

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GOD OF COOKERY is one of the best food movies ever
made, by the way. Kicks BABETTE’S FEAST right in the butt.

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We went back to the Music Palace religiously after that and, after graduating, we moved to Hong Kong because we loved the movies so much. We were there for a year and a bit and that was when I realized how amazing vegetarian food could be. Hong Kong is crammed with vegetarian restaurants, most of them doing Chinese Temple Cooking, and I realized how much more you could do with vegetables than I’d ever imagined. I ate better in Hong Kong than I have anywhere else on earth, and after I came back to the US I couldn’t get it out of my head. About two years later I was enrolled in cooking school and now I somehow own a restaurant.

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“That’s right, little girl. I want you to become a chef.”

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All thanks to Stephen Chow.

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“Food is exciting!”

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Read a review of GOD OF COOKERY. Then watch some of Chow’s funniest scenes.

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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