Back in the 60′s, my grandfather had a restaurant right here in Jacksonville called Eng’s Chop Suey. It was located in the La Villa part of town at the corner of Ashley and Davis Streets.
As the story goes, Chop Suey was created by Cantonese immigrants who really knew how to cook! That was my grandfather. A medic in the US Army, he settled in Jacksonville because of its similar climate to his hometown in Canton.
These days, Chop Suey is one of those classic dishes that hasn’t made it on our menu. Occasionally, we do get the request for Cantonese Chop Suey, and we are happy to make it as long as we have the ingredients in-house.
So join us this week at Blue Bamboo for a celebration of my family history, We’ll be happy to make Chop Suey for you.
When we first opened, we wanted to give nod to our restaurant ancestors. That restaurant in the space that we are in now was called the Dragon. We decided to create an appetizer just to honor that ancestry. We wanted this appetizer to be a fun one to share, and one that could be a signature item for Blue Bamboo. So we julienned up some zucchini, coated them in some buttermilk and seasoned flour, and fried them up until golden. Dragon Whiskers have been on our menu since our first day in business.
Today is National Zucchini Day and we are excited that we can celebrate with Dragon Whiskers!
We’ll celebrate with our WAG salad, created especially for our 8th Anniversary tasting menu. This salad has all the goodness of watermelon, asparagus, and grapes, dressed in our house-made soy-balsamic vinaigrette. Stop by today and celebrate national watermelon day
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Chef Dennis Chan is the creator of Blue Bamboo, a great restaurant. He writes this blog as an outlet for his food ideas and to keep fans of Blue Bamboo, Hip Asian Comfort Food and his cooking classes up-to-date.
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