This place is around 72 street on the red line. Might have to wait until its past midnight, subzero windchill, and fugged up uptown trains to appear though… Reminds me of the Chinese Parable of the Peach Blossom Spring. Wiki that shit.
The Louisiana Dragon is an institution in the Sprawl. Owned by three consecutive generations of the Mun family, it has been in operation for over fifty years. It was originally simply called the Dragon. The Dragon was founded by a man named Mun Hua who wanted to bring his version of Chinese cuisine to the diverse offerings of the Sprawl. When his son, Mun Chao, married a woman with a Southern Creole-style food tradition, he updated the menu with a Creole/Southern soul food twist and renamed the restaurant.
The Louisiana Dragon is now owned by their son, Zain Mun, who continues to deliver excellent food to the natives of the Sprawl. The restaurant itself is festively decorated in golds, reds, purples, and greens, and Mardi-gras masks alternate with traditional Chinese theater masks on the walls.
One of the many fusion dishes offered at the Louisiana Dragon is Dragon Gumbo, a New Orleans gumbo with an Asian twist. It includes the traditional roux with andouille sausage, okra, and chopped vegetables, but it is spiced with Sriracha hot sauce, Chinese Five Spice, and a generous helping of Szechuan peppercorns. It also includes crab and bacon but no shrimp, since the Atlantic shrimp fisheries collapsed over fifty years ago.
This recipe was extremely laborious to make, like any good gumbo, but the end result was also extremely satisfying! We were pretty conservative with our spices (since I myself have a low-tolerance for spice), and even then it still had this wonderful slow burn to it that made your throat warm and your lips tingle pleasantly. We had to use imitation crab for our recipe, since we’re poor, but it still turned out great! If I ever have almost four hours to kill and feel like spending them all in the kitchen, I’ll probably make this again.
We have a lot of really fun ideas for the Louisiana Dragon, so you can count on seeing more Chinese/Creole/Southern food fusions in the future!
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