SUM DANG GOOD CHINESE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Dallas Trinity Groves

Great NEWS for the Culinary and Restaurant scene in Dallas!

I know this probably may come as a surprise to everyone but at Trinity Groves’ the NEW “Sum Dang Good Chinese Restaurant” is opening this week for curbside pickup and delivery!!!!!

If you ask me I think this is a positive move for the Dallas restaurant scene and of course the Trinity Groves area.

Phil Romano, co-owner of Trinity Groves said: “Many people wouldn’t dream of opening a restaurant in this climate, but we are adapting and think Dallas needs a little culinary excitement right now. Now more than ever people need great takeout and delivery options, so we’re here to answer the call. We’re thrilled with Chef Cai’s menu, and we can’t wait to share it with the community, even during this unprecedented time.”

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, restaurants all over DFW—and the country—have been forced to quickly pivot their business models or close down completely. So now is an unusual time to open a new restaurant. And yet… Trinity Groves is ready to unveil Sum Dang Good Chinese, the new restaurant that has taken over the old Chino space. It will debut on Wednesday, April 1 with its full menu of food and drinks available for curbside pickup (call 469-638-8930) and delivery via Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Caviar, DoorDash and Postmates.

The kitchen is led by Chef Weigou Cai, a 40-year veteran of Chinese cuisine who is the former Head Chef at the lauded Royal China. The menu includes handmade dumplings and hand-pulled noodles, soups, Bao buns, and appetizers like scallion pancakes, crab and cheese rangoon, and two varieties of egg rolls. Entrees feature favorites like Sesame Chicken, Sichuan Beef, Mu Shu Pork, Kung Pao Shrimp, Ma Po Tofu and a huge heap of House Fried Rice. There is even a modern spin on some dishes like Beer Can Chinese Chicken, a whole rack of Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Pot Pie Dumplings, a giant flaming sesame ball, and a soup dumpling (The Humpty Dumpling) so big it has to be devoured using a straw and fork! See the attached menu for more.

The full bar is also available for delivery, including craft beers, wines, sakes and creative Asian-inspired cocktails. Pair your lunch or dinner with a Lychee Island Iced Tea, Singapore Sling or New Old Fashioned, and you’ll have a festive feast to enjoy at home.

Once restaurants can safely re-open for dine-in service, visitors will experience Sum Dang Good Chinese’s updated interior, which has been outfitted with new art and a new color scheme, plus an open kitchen with visible dumpling and noodle stations.

Trinity Groves is an exciting restaurant and entertainment complex with a positive and  vibrant vision. Their vision is to bring together the local community and businesses in West Dallas by providing a unique one of a kind experience that will make Trinity Groves a primary entertainment destination in Dallas.

I’ve been visiting the Grove since they opened and I love it. Please see the contact information to order SUM DANG GOOD CHINESE. (call 469-638-8930) and delivery via Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Caviar, DoorDash and Postmates.

We need to support our local restaurants, businesses and chefs during this crisis. They need our help to survive this crisis and pull through!

 

 

Edamame

Japanese soy beans, salt 5.00

Vegetable Egg Rolls (2)

Fried and filled with cabbage, carrot, celery 4.00

Chicken Egg Rolls (2)

Fried and filled with chopped chicken, cabbage, carrot, celery 5.00

Wuxi Spare Ribs

Pork short-ribs, traditional Chinese sweet black bean sauce 12.00

Cheese and Crab Rangoon

Fried stuffed wonton, crab meat, cream cheese 7.00

Spicy Sichuan Wontons

Pork, Sichuan pepper oil, garlic 9.00

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chopped chicken, jicama, green peas, carrot, onion, hoisin and oyster sauce, crisp iceberg lettuce 12.00

Sweet Seaweed Salad

Seaweed, red pepper, sweet vinegar, thin dried bean curd, Chinese soybean sauce 7.00

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Japanese cucumber, Sichuan pepper oil, garlic 7.00

SOUPS

Seafood Soup

Scallops, shrimp, fish, crab meat, green peas, carrots, egg 15.00

Hot and Sour Soup

Tofu, black mushroom, bamboo strips, egg, white pepper, vinegar 10.00

Veggie and Tofu Soup

Tofu, snow peas, white mushroom, broccoli, Shanghai bok choy 10.00

Sizzling Rice Soup

Pork wonton, sizzling rice, white mushroom, snow peas, carrot 11.00

FRIED RICE

House

Prawns, beef, pork, chicken, green peas, carrot, egg 15.00

Vegetarian

Cabbage, broccoli, snow peas, green peas, carrot, egg 10.00

BUNS (BAO)

Pork Pan Fried Bun

Ground pork, scallion, ginger, black sesame, pan fried 10.00 DUMPLINGS

STEAMED OR FRIED

Pork

Ground pork, napa cabbage, jicama, black mushroom, green onion, ginger 9.00

Chicken

Ground chicken, napa cabbage, jicama, black mushroom, green onion, ginger 9.00

Shrimp

Chopped shrimp, celery, jimaca, black mushroom, zucchini, green onion, ginger 10.00

Veggie

Napa cabbage, jimaca, black mushroom, glass noodle, carrot, green onion, ginger 9.00

Combo

2 of each of the above 11.00

Chicken Pot Pie

Roasted chicken, celery, carrot, onion, cream, garlic 9.00

SOUP DUMPLINGS

Soup (Xio Long Bao)

Pork, green onion, ginger, duck 11.00

Humpty Dumpling

Crab, chicken, pork, peas, scallions 20.00

NOODLES

HAND-PULLED WIDE WET

Dan-Dan

Sliced chicken, sweet and sour sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, chopped peanuts, carrot 11.00

Spicy Slow Cooked Pork

Slow cooked pork, carrot, sweet and sour sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, hot chili paste 15.00

HAND-PULLED STIR FRIED

Veggie

Broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, celery, green onion, bean sprouts, black bean sauce 12.00

Pad Thai

Bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot, celery, green onion, scrambled egg, chopped peanuts, spicy Thai sauce 12.00

Add chicken or pork

+ 2.00

Add beef, shrimp, or combo

+ 4.00

HAND-PULLED SOUP NOODLES

Veggie

Shanghai bok choy, sour mustard 12.00

Beef

Shanghai bok choy, beef, sour mustard, green onion 15.00 ENTREES

CHICKEN

Sesame Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, white sesame glaze, broccoli 15.00

Orange Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, spicy orange glaze, cherries, broccoli 15.00

General Tso’s Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, spicy chili glaze, broccoli 18.00

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, sweet and sour glaze, cherries, cabbage 15.00

Kung Pao Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, red bell pepper, zucchini, peanut, ginger, garlic, scallion, spicy chili pepper 15.00

Cashew Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, cashew, black bean sauce, zucchini, mushroom, carrot 15.00

BEEF

Orange Beef

Flank steak, spicy orange glaze, cherries, broccoli 22.00

Crispy Spicy Beef

Pan-fried beef loin strips, spicy chili sauce 17.00

Mongolian Beef

Beef loin strips, green onion, red chili, spicy black bean sauce 16.00

Lemon Chicken

Boneless battered chicken breast, lemon glaze 15.00

Mushroom Chicken

Chopped chicken breast, white mushroom, snow peas, white sauce 17.00

Yu Xiang Chicken

Chopped chicken breast, red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, jimaca, sweet, sour, and spicy black bean sauce 17.00

Mu Shu Chicken

Shredded chicken, cabbage, carrot, celery, bamboo shoot, onion, pancake, plum sauce 13.00

Chinese Beer Can Chicken

Roasted hen, Chinese five spice rub, canned beer, orange hoisin glaze 16.00

Beef and Broccoli

Beef loin strips, broccoli, white mushroom, carrot, brown sauce 15.00

Hunan Spicy Beef

Beef loin strips, zucchini, red bell pepper, jicama, spicy brown sauce 17.00

Sichuan Beef

Beef loin strips, bok choy, baby mushroom, spicy brown sauce 17.00 PORK

Ants Climbing Trees

Korean glass noodle, chopped pork, spicy brown sauce 16.00

Yu Xiang Pork

Hand pulled pork, jicama, red bell pepper, celery, scallions, onion, spicy black bean sauce 17.00

Sichuan Pork

Pork belly, bok choy, bean curd, cabbage, spicy brown sauce 16.00

SEAFOOD

Honey Walnut Prawns

Battered prawns, roasted walnuts, sweet honey cream sauce 20.00

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Battered prawns, salt, pepper, scallion 20.00

Kung Pao Shrimp

Sauteed shrimp, red bell pepper, zucchini, peanut, ginger, garlic, scallion, spicy chili pepper 20.00

Dragon and Phoenix

Combination of sesame chicken and shrimp with vegetables in garlic 25.00

VEGGIE

Sichuan Green Beans

Whole green beans, pickled mustard, garlic, spicy Sichuan sauce 12.00

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Chinese eggplant, red and green bell pepper, garlic, spicy black bean sauce 11.00

Ma Po Tofu

Sauteed tofu, spicy black bean sauce 14.00

Mu Shu Pork

Pork loin, cabbage, carrot, celery, onion, black mushroom, black bean sauce 13.00

Mao’s Pork

Pork belly, garlic, hot red pepper, spicy black bean sauce 18.00

Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs

Whole rack of St Louis pork ribs, sweet and sour glaze 22.00

Golden Sand Fish

Battered whitefish, tempura crumbs, sea salt 18.00

Sichuan Spicy Fish Stew

Whitefish, baby mushroom, bok choy, spicy black bean sauce, Sichuan peppercorn, spicy pepper 19.00

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Sauteed prawns, scrambled egg, white mushroom, carrot, snow peas, lobster cream sauce 17.00

Glazed Salmon

Scottish salmon, sweet house glaze 20.00

Spicy Flat Mushroom

King oyster mushroom, green and red bell pepper, peanuts, spicy black bean sauce 11.00

Vegetable Delight

White mushroom, snow peas, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, white sauce 12.00

Bok Choy

Chinese bok choy, garlic 11.00

 

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

 

The 50 Best Burgers In North Texas 2019

Hello, burger lovers!

Trey’s Chow Down BEST Burgers 2019 Party on ABC in Dallas with Kara Swell from WFAA Victor Plaza.

Wow. I’m in disbelief that 2019 has already come and gone? Where did it go? It seems like it was just yesterday we completed and introduced our BEST Burgers in North Texas for 2018.

2019 was a BIG burger year in North Texas. We had some old restaurants close and a bunch of new ones open. Almost all of them sell some sort of burger.

The burger business is crazy in the U.S.A.

A national research company states that we sell 6.48 million burgers a day around 75 burgers a second! What? Yes, 75 burgers a second! The burger date roughly breaks down as 4,500 burgers every minute, 270,000 every hour, 6.48 million a day, and 2.36 billion burgers a year. Another research study states we sell 50 billion a year worldwide.

I truly don’t care what the accurate numbers are. I just know that almost everyone loves to bite into a succulent, savory and delicious burger.

Even though another year has come and gone, we spent twelve months locating and chowing down on some of the most amazingly creative burger combinations in North Texas.

In 2018, we visited a hundred and twenty restaurants to locate the best burgers. I’m thrilled to say we topped ourselves again for 2019. We didn’t plan it that way… It just happened!

We were running the roads and adding mileage to our vehicles. We visited over 135 locations and chowed down on 200 different burger combinations.

Every time I ate a burger I would say, “On to the next”!

Best Chicken Dishes In North Texas

ABC DAYBREAK Kara and Trey’s Chow Down

I bet everyone is tired of turkey and ham at this point right after the holidays.

After we spoke with the producer at ABC DAYBREAK about a new BEST food segment we decided to locate and try some of the most savory and delicious chicken dishes in the North Texas area. I’ve eaten chicken from East Texas Sulphur Springs area all the way west to Weatherford trying to locate the most unique savory dishes that everyone can enjoy.

Although this is Texas, and Texans love beef, these days creative chicken dishes grace almost every menu in Texas.

Beef still rings king in Texas but chicken has to be number two without question.

I love telling food stories and I truly believe food always tastes better with a story and a little food history never hurts either.

Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been passionate about food, but I’ve LOVED me some chicken. I like it fried, roasted, baked, grilled, dry roasted, rotisserie-cooked, and even cooked on a trash can lid. Yes, you read that correctly, cooked on a trash can lid. Let me explain!

Rapscallion Dallas Massive Rotisserie

I was traveling through Jamaica just chowing down on everything I could find (like I’ve done many times before). I was riding in a van and we passed this guy cooking right off the other side of the road. I couldn’t see what he was cooking, but I could smell it. Man… did it smell delicious. Now you have to understand he was cooking roadside in a hut style that was anything but normal looking. It was basically falling down! The food was on top of two trash cans cooking. I could smell and see the smoke. I yelled at the driver, “Hey man what’s that dude cooking and why is he roadside?” The driver yelled back, “Man, that’s authentic Jamaican jerk chicken he’s cooking and he’s selling it”! I told the driver I want to stop when we come back and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. The driver yelled back, “Yea man, gotcha!” We did make our stop and I’ll never forget how incredibly delicious that authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken tasted coming off that trash can lid. I’ve never tasted that flavor profile again. I purchased three more of those farm-fresh trash can chicken dishes for the road, and off we went.

I don’t care what it’s called I love me some cluck cluck. You just can’t go wrong with a savory delicious chicken dish. Especially when it’s prepared fresh by a creative chef even on a trash can lid.

Here is a little chicken history for everyone;

The History of the Chicken is simple. Domestication of the chicken dates back to at least 2000 B.C. and their ancestry can be traced back to four species of wild jungle fowl from Southeast Asia. … The chicken belongs to the genus Gallus of the family Phasianidae. Domestic chickens are simply classified as Gallus Domesticus. I bet you weren’t aware of that. That where all eating Gallus Domesticus! To tell you the truth I didn’t either until I did a little food research.

I truly don’t care what we call it but I know is delicious!

A talented chef can create so many options for a savory chicken dish using any part of the chicken. There truly are no limits to the deliciousness of chicken. Please enjoy our best chicken dishes choices.

Michael’s Cuisine Restaurant

Best Chili Dishes In North Texas 2019

It’s been chilly outside a few days this month. Anytime it’s cold I start thinking about delicious savory chili.

If you follow me, you know how much I LOVE beef or proteins like chicken and pork. That being said winter and the cold time of year always screams CHILI to me with plenty of proteins for that downhome southern comfort feeling.

Brandon and Trey’s Chow Down

Today chefs prepare chili with various types of proteins. They use ground beef, smoked brisket, smoked rib meat, bacon, or pork belly, venison, some even use chicken!

Gone of the days of old where chili just had ground beef.

The possibilities are truly endless when chefs are trying to create the tastiest chili dish.

You can’t forget vegan chili… Some folks just want chili without the beef! To each his own. I just want everyone to enjoy some lip-smacking, toe-tapping, knee-jerking chili of their choice.

When I eat my chili I get a bowl of flavorful chili top it with massive amounts of cheese, some onions, jalapenos, and a dash of my favorite hot sauce. I get cozy and start chowing down on my favorite chili.

If you research chili you will find that is was proudly introduced in Texas, yep San Antonio.

“An old legend holds that immigrants from the Canary Islands brought a recipe for chili with them when they settled in San Antonio in the early 1700s. Historians do know that chili was a popular meal amongst cowboys and pioneers on the Western frontier. In the 1880s, chili stands became popular in San Antonio selling chili citywide.”

Trey’s Chow Down LIVE # 137 Chef Brett The Doc

Chef For Farmers 2019 BEST ONE YET!

Fun, Food, Chefs, Wine, and Champagne.

V.I.P. C.F.F. & FREIXENET

How can you go wrong with any one of those I just listed? When you put them all together you have event party greatness!

I’ve said this every year now for three years, the Chef For Farmers Event in Dallas is one of the BEST events of the year in the crowded DFW event scene.

I truly wish that every single one of the five million people we reach every month could experience this wonderful event in their lifetime. I did see some of our followers there and enjoyed saying hello to each of you.

This year 2019 was the BEST C.F.F. event I’ve ever attended and the BEST event I attended all year.

That’s a BIG statement considering I attended over 55 events in 2019 so far and have a few more to go.

How does this event get better and better every year? Iris Midler has put together an amazing team of event folks and chefs that continue to achieve the impossible.

They strive to create an amazing atmosphere with incredibly talented chefs that come from all over Texas and the nation to sling deliciousness for everyone to enjoy.

C.F.F. doesn’t just want to throw an event, they want to throw Texas’ biggest and most successful party every year. That’s why they have C.F.F. events for three days! You can’t have Texas biggest party event if you just throw it for a one day, period. You have to start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday. Yes, that’s correct. Days of events where you interact with creative and unbelievably talented celebrity chefs, eat some delicious amazing dishes, drink some creative cocktails, and party with your friends.

It just doesn’t get any better. Let’s discuss the weekly events that happened.