Choosing the Best Place for Chinese Food in Minnesota

Are you looking for a wonderful Chinese restaurant in Minnesota to spend a fabulous evening with your special friend? There are plenty of options before you in this beautiful city. When you browse through the web, you will get to know the names of a few prominent ones. Not all of these articles serve authentic Chinese cuisine. You need to be careful to avoid the ones that claim to serve traditional food and fails to do the same.

Now, how to know which one is the best? Well, you can get to a level of identifying the real ones only by eating at various traditional Chinese restaurants for some time. To start with, you can try out the best ones available in the city. Read on to make your job of finding the best Chinese restaurant in Minnesota easier.

Look for the best menu options

A restaurant serving authentic Chinese food will include all the major Chinese dishes in their menu. Soups, noodles and fried rice are common Chinese dishes that are available in most restaurants. You cannot verify the authenticity of a restaurant by seeing the names of these dishes in their menu.

You need to look for dishes like dumplings, chow mein, dim sum and some Chinese names in the list. Dim sum and schezwan dishes are loved by people around the world. Not all restaurants in Minnesota provide chopsticks along with the food.

However, the traditional Chinese restaurants will provide you with these along with the forks, knives and spoons especially when you order rice varieties. When you browse the web, you will come across reviews that speak about the quality of food served at various restaurants. This is one way of identifying good places to dine.

Availability of bar facility

When you decide to dine out on a special evening, you would want to get yourself a couple of drinks to chill out and enjoy the occasion. You wouldn’t want to search for a different restaurant to enjoy the drinks when you want to enjoy Chinese cuisine for dinner.

Hence it is better to choose a good Chinese restaurant that provides bar facility along with delicious cuisine. Some of the best bars in Minnesota are the ones that come with a Chinese restaurant. This explains the popularity of Chinese cuisine in Minnesota.

Overall ambiance of the place

Along with the food and drinks served at a restaurant, you should also look for the ambiance provided. In order to enjoy an evening to the fullest, the ambiance should be perfect too.

There are some restaurants in Minnesota that provide you with a wonderful ambiance along with mouth watering delicacies and refreshing beverages. The lighting and the seating arrangements are deciding factors when it comes to the overall ambiance of the place.

Beer-infused Hummus and Bean Dip Recipes

There are variations on hummus that mix in garlic, red peppers, feta cheese, and many other ingredients. But have you ever had hummus that includes beer? What about bean dip? Wine has always been a go-to ingredient for adding a splash of flavor to recipes, but craft beer can provide even more layers of flavor such as bitterness, sweetness, and sourness, making it a more versatile ingredient than wine.

So there is no better time than around National Beer Day (which falls on April 7) to try recipes for a twist on hummus and bean dip that have additional rich layers of flavor with a beer in the mix.

But not just “any old beer” will do according to&nb Melissa Cole, a U.K.-based beer and food writer and author of the recently released book, The Beer Kitchen: The Art & Science of Cooking, & Pairing, with Beer.

Through a good deal of trial and error, she formulated recipes that mix specific beers with dishes from appetizers to dessert including these recipes from the book—so the work is done for you in that regard.

If her recommended beers are not available, use them as a guide for styles that will work well instead. Plus, there are ideas for pairing with each recipe. Cheers and bon appetit!

Hummust Try This

Makes 6 servings

I love a bad pun, hence the name of this recipe.

2 (14-ounce) cans cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 garlic bulb, roasted, with the flesh squeezed out (See Cook’s Note)
2 ounces (1/4 cup) classic German pilsner or Helles
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon superfine granulated sugar
2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) (optional)
1 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt

For the Swirly Topping:
1 teaspoon harissa
splash of olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  1. Reserving a few chickpeas for the topping, put the rest in a food processor with the garlic and 2 tablespoons of the beer. Blitz for 30 seconds or so.
  2. Add the cumin, lemon juice, sugar, tahini, and asafoetida, if using, and blitz a bit more.
  3. With the blade running, start adding the olive oil very slowly so it emulsifies and becomes smooth, adding more beer if needed (it will depend on how damp your chickpeas are). You want a smooth, thick consistency.
  4. Taste for seasoning and acidity, adding more lemon juice and salt if required.
  5. Spoon into a serving bowl and add an extra drizzle of olive oil. Use a teaspoon handle or chopstick to drag a deep swirl pattern in the top of the hummus.
  6. Mix together the harissa with a splash of olive oil and carefully pour into the swirl pattern. Place the reserved chickpeas on top, garnish with the parsley, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Cook’s Note: Just chop the top off a garlic bulb, place on a piece of kitchen foil big enough to wrap it in, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in the foil, and pop in a preheated oven at 350˚F for 30 minutes or until the cloves will squidge out the top. It will keep for ages in the fridge.