Modern Chinese tasting menu
Sacramento chef Billy Ngo shares inventive dishes destined to win over dinner guests
Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Lo Mein
For a more surprising lo mein, use brussels sprouts instead of the typical bok choy or cabbage.
Shanghai Buck Cocktail
This cocktail makes for an instant hit. Skip the rum, and you’ve got a good virgin option.
Recipe: Shanghai Buck Cocktail
New York Steak with Clamshell Mushrooms
Long, slender clamshell mushrooms have a great creamy texture, but if you can’t find them, use small cremini or chanterelles.
Chinese Long Beans with XO Sauce
Cut the long beans for easy serving, or keep them whole to symbolize longevity.
Recipe: Chinese Long Beans with XO Sauce
Billy’s Vegan Egg Rolls
Billy deep-fries these, but at home it’s easier to brush them with oil and bake them until they’re crisp.
Recipe: Billy’s Vegan Egg Rolls
Here, instead of deep-frying the shrimp, we’ve added puffed rice (less fat, but still crunchy). Need to feed more people? You can stretch this dish by adding any Asian-style slaw.
Recipe: Chili Shrimp