Mission Chinese Food Finds Inspiration from Nine Inch Nails for Its Lower East Side Comeback

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 at 6:08 am by

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Angela Dimayuga, Photo: Vice

Creative inspiration is sometimes borne from the most unlikely of sources. For Mission Chinese Food that spark ignited with Nine Inch Nails (the hand that feeds?) and Phillip Glass.

In a new piece for Vice’s Munchies blog, Mission Chinese chef Angela Dimayuga divulges her creative influences, introduces a new salad dish, and provides a sneak peek into the Lower East Side reboot at 171 East Broadway. Of particular note, the massive new space boasts a wood-fired oven.

We got keys to the new Mission Chinese space a week ago. For a build-out, you have to be available during business hours, and then on the weekend you have to dedicate your creative side and talk about menu development. If I have people or friends in there, it’s pretty inspiring for me to talk about my new ideas, and if I’m talking to a chef or a friend or an artist I get some crazier concepts. Now we have a sick kitchen, which I’m super excited about. At this new restaurant, we have access to a wood oven, which I love because it ties things together for me as a chef.

Now let’s see if we can get Trent Reznor to write a doom-and-gloom FML song about bok choy. Or maybe “Head Like a Eggroll”?

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