Thrice-Cooked Bacon at Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY
Chef Danny Bowien recently showed Jimmy Fallon how to make this dish with bacon, chewy Shanghainese rice cakes, tofu skin, bitter melon, fermented black beans and chile oil live on Late Night, vivid evidence of how iconic this dish has become. There, Bowien explained that the bacon is first braised in ham stock and is then frozen, steamed and skillet-fried. When MCF opened in San Francisco in July 2010, the heat level on the dish merited two flame icons on the menu. It’s since been dialed back to just one flame, but still packs a respectably buzzy punch of heat.
Photo: Tamara Palmer