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7 ways to celebrate 

a week of chinese new year festivities at junzi

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

新春快乐 

February 16th is the first day of Chinese New Year. For 7 days, we'll be featuring special menus and gifts inspired by the Chinese New Year. Mark your calendars and visit us to get in on the celebrations!

 

Day 1:
L U C K Y  M O N E Y

Thursday, February 15th
大年三十

Send a junzi gift card with that lucky New Year money. Buy $50, get $10 extra for all junzi gift cards online and in-store between feb 15 and feb 21. Use promo code "HAPPY2018" at checkout. This Chinese New Year for the Year of the Dog (狗), we've also designed a limited-edition digital gift card.
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(available for all locations)


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Day 2:
D U M P L I N G S  F O R  A L L

Friday, February 16th
正月初一

We know you've been craving dumpings all week. At Junzi After Hours, our weekend late-night event, we'll be serving three special styles of dumplings every weekend from feb 9th-28th. On friday, feb 16th, enjoy an order of dumplings on us when you purchase any 2 items on the After Hours menu.
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)


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Day 3:
M O R E  D U M P L I N G S

Saturday, February 17th
正月初二

Free dumplings round 2: now's the time to bring your favorite roommate. Spend $15 or more during Junzi After Hours on saturday, feb 17, and get a free order of dumplings. Cheers to that.
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)

 


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Day 4:
$1  T E A 

Sunday, February 18th
正月初三

Have a tea-riffic day. Get a $1 tea on tap on sunday, feb 18 when you purchase a bing or noodle bowl. Show your email to our cashier. Simple as that. 
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)


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Day 5:
H O T  N E W  Y E A R

Monday, February 19th
正月初四

Every proper Chinese restaurant makes their own chili oil. At Junzi, we make ours with Tianjin chilies, sichuan peppercorns, and smoky cayenne. We bottled all that goodness in a small batch for you. On monday, feb 19 only, get a $5 junzi gift card when you purchase a limited-edition jar of Junzi Chili Oil.
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)


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Day 6:
A  C N Y  C H E F' S  T A B L E

Tuesday, February 20th - Thursday, February 22nd
正月初五

Have you dined at Junzi Chef's Table yet? Our Chef Lucas Sin curates a five-course tasting menu that explores the narrative of Chinese cuisine, with a different theme every month. For February, we celebrate Chinese New Year with the festive color of red, through the lens of Sichuan cuisine. Reserve your spot at the early-bird ticket price now, and save the date for Chef's Table seatings on February 20th-22nd. See you there.
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)


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Day 7:
L A S T  D A Y  O F  C N Y

Wednesday, February 21st
正月初六

For the last day of our 7-day celebration, let's make it a full meal filled with happiness. Get a free cold brew tea on 2/21 with the combo purchase of any main item and any side*. 
*sides=spicy beef shank, cucumber salad or chips
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(available at our 113th & broadway location)


The Fine Print:
The gift card promotion expires on Wed Feb 21, 2018. Early bird ticket price for Chef’s table expires on Friday Feb 16, 2018. Other offers expire at the end of store operating time or while supply last. To be eligible for After Hour promotions,  the purchases must occur during After Hours from 10:30pm to 1:30am on Friday and Saturday and with After Hours Menu items only. For orders with minimum purchase requirement, gift cards and sales tax cannot be included in determining purchase total. The gift card promotion can be combined with other promotion. Any other offer cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers.Offer is not redeemable for cash. Offers are subject to availability and changes at Junzi Kitchen's sole discretion.
 

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junzi chili oil is here

 

You asked for it, it's finally here.
Take our house made junzi chili oil home and upgrade all the foods. Now on sale at our NYC Columbia location in a small-batch edition of 125.

 

Every proper Chinese restaurant makes their own chili oil. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but every chef has their eccentricities: how fine the chilis are ground, spice balance, oil temperature control, tempering techniques (if any) and the rest.

At Junzi, we make ours with Tianjin chilies, sichuan peppercorns, and smoky cayenne. Texture from the spices, silkiness from the infused oil, perfect for:

• noodles
• rice
• pizza
• meats + veggies
• grilled cheese sandwiches
• basically anything you want to add a little subtle spice to.

 

Grab a jar at our NYC location and upgrade all the foods, or add it to your NYC pickup order cart here


 
 

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Extra Extra, Eat all about it

Junzi on ABC 7!

We had a great time talking about bings & noodles with the ABC 7 Neighborhood Eats crew.😋 

Matchstick potatoes are a staple in every Northern Chinese chun bing. We share chef lucas' recipe for matchstick potatoes below, let us know what you like to put in your chun bings, and if you make the recipe at home.

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northern chinese matchstick potatoes

1 lb Yukon gold potatoes
1 bay leaf

2 cloves garlic
1 slice ginger
2 scallion stem, cut into 2" pieces
1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns

2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
2 Tbsp Chinese rice vinegar

1. Peel and thinly julienne potatoes. Wash vigorously in cold water until water runs clear.
2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Have a large ice bath ready.
3. In small batches, blanch potatoes in boiling water for 45 seconds, then shock in ice bath.
4. Drain potatoes in a sieve. The potatoes should still be crisp.
5. Heat oil over medium heat in a wok. Add bay leaf, garlic, ginger, scallions and Sichuan peppercorns. Heat until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove spices and reserve oil.
6. At high heat, to the reserved oil, add potatoes, salt, white pepper, and rice vinegar. Stir-fry until just warm, about 2 minutes.
7. Serve immediately, in a chun bing, over noodles, or on its own as a side dish.

 

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friendsgiving with Food & Wine

 

Some of the best memories come from gathering around a whole-hearted dinner table. This month, the Junzi team celebrated our very first New York City Thanksgiving with the amazing Food & Wine crew at our Morningside Heights store.

 

check out the full story here

 

It’s a super-exciting time to be making Chinese food in New York City today—it may be the best time

 
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Our Head Chef Lucas Sin filled our table with simply comforting dishes, mixing American and international flavors and traditions.

 
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you can't really do without brussel sprouts at a Junzi Thanksgiving.

Crispy brussel sprouts with ricotta, honey, and cumin, eaten with chopsticks is the way to go.⠀

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we swapped out the usual mashed potatoes

for sugar-crusted fried taro. Pillowy bites of root vegetable wedges, balancing the line of sweet and savory.

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why make the usual butternut squash cubes

when you can use tender rings of delicata squash, roast it in duck fat, and sprinkle crispy glistening bits of lemon chili oil lap cheong (Chinese sausage) all over it? We'll take seconds please. 

 

Last year, we hosted a “Chinese Thanksgiving” at our New Haven store for our friends and family. We paired our cranberry sauce with Dong Po Pork Belly, braised low and slow, resting on a bed of staff-inspired molé and roasted turnips.

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For our first Junzi Thanksgiving in New York City, we made a tradition to swap turkey for chicken as the bird of choice. Chef Lucas prepared a Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, an homage to Chef Chan Hon Meng’s Michelin Star soy sauce chicken stall in Singapore.

 
 

As the breadth of Chinese representation in the United States continues to grow, the idea of what represents Chinese cuisine in America will continue to shift away from this monolithic preconception of sweet-and-sour. With it, so will cultural understanding.

 

Cheers to Danica Lo and the F&W team for spending Friendsgiving with us.
Go here to see the full story over at Food & Wine!

 

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Behind New Haven’s out-of-this-world-good food is a strong dedication to sustainability.

Restaurants and community programs throughout the city work hard to aid the flourishing of present and future life, each in their own way.

Invasive species cuisine, zero-landfill catering, local agriculture education — these are a few of the many sustainably-minded efforts in New Haven. It’s a community that cares and acts, and Junzi Kitchen wants to learn from it.    

We visited some restaurants and community programs in New Haven to learn more about their sustainability practices. The goal is to work some of these learnings into a sustainability strategy for Junzi Kitchen, although we also just wanted to bring attention to the great stuff happening nearby.

 

 

Miya's Sushi


 

Led by star chef Bun Lai, Miya’s serves deliciously weird sushi that incorporates invasive species such as lionfish and Japanese knotweed. A look at the Miya’s Instagram will show Bun diving off the Connecticut coastline looking for more sustainable food options, and even cooking up cicadas.

Miya's owner Bun Lai and his skilled crew

Miya's owner Bun Lai and his skilled crew

An example of delicious sustainability at Miya's that includes jellyfish (top-right), pine needle sake (middle-left), and tilapia sashimi with roasted wax worms (top-middle)

An example of delicious sustainability at Miya's that includes jellyfish (top-right), pine needle sake (middle-left), and tilapia sashimi with roasted wax worms (top-middle)

 
 

koffee


 

Koffee? is a funky, welcoming coffeehouse in the northern section of downtown New Haven that serves great caffeine and made-from-scratch foods. Its bustling catering division, Koffee? Katering, completely avoids landfill waste by only using reusable, compostable and recyclable items.

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Meat & Co.


 

Home to some of the best sandwiches in New Haven, Meat & Co. recently announced that all their pork will now come from the acorn-fed pigs of Walden Hill farm in New Haven: "For those of you that tried the pork you informed our decision, and we agreed. It was the best pork to come through our doors and onto our plates."

 
 

Blue State Coffee


 

Blue State serves consistently high-quality espresso drinks thanks to a rigorous employee training program, which has helped them expand operations into Boston and Providence. Blue State recently became one of the first Connecticut businesses to receive B Corp certification, which required them to meet high standards of employee, community and environmental impact.

Blue State on York St (right nearby Junzi Kitchen New Haven on Broadway!)

Blue State on York St (right nearby Junzi Kitchen New Haven on Broadway!)

Blue State sources locally and contributes 2% of sales to local not-for-profits

Blue State sources locally and contributes 2% of sales to local not-for-profits

 
 

New Haven Farms


 

New Haven Farms is an urban farming program that provides educational programs on wellness, nutrition, and cooking. They also run the Peels & Wheels compost pickup program (via bicycle). For a small weekly fee, New Haven residents get compost pickup service and also a portion of the finished compost every six months.  

 
 

City Seed


 

CitySeed runs a variety of local food programs, including weekly farmers markets that accept SNAP, FMNP, and WIC benefit programs. They’ll even give you $10 of free fruits, vegetables or seedlings per day if you purchase $10 worth of produce at one of their markets with SNAP.

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Common Ground


 

Common Ground is a high school, urban farm, and environmental education center all at once. Located on a beautiful 20-acre piece of land in New Haven, Common Ground regularly holds educational events, such as workshops for organic gardening and maple tree tapping.

 

We’re proud to open our doors in a city with strong sustainability efforts. It’s an ongoing process that we’re committed to working into our business from the start. We’re also interested in exploring the potential of collaboration with other sustainably-minded programs, so feel free to contact us at info@junzi.us.

 

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