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Mission Chinese has reopened on East Broadway

Written by
Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

Forget sugar cookies and cocoa—this year’s holiday treat was a quiet reopening from Mission Chinese Food over the weekend. After shuttering the shop on Orchard Street last November due to health inspection and landlord issues, Danny Bowien (Mission Cantina) has brought one of the famed hole-in-the-wall back to life. 

The new-and-improved Chinese joint on East Broadway comes equipped with a wood-fired oven that will be churning out cheese pizzas along with fire-breathing dishes and MCF favorites missed for months. To celebrate, Bowien even teamed up with LES legend Russ & Daughters to create a Jewish-Christmas feast at the appetizing café on Christmas Day that sold sold out in a matter of hours. But don't fear, friends: Mission Chinese Food will be open from noon–5pm on Dec 25. And, we’ve got the full menu—including fan favorites, bold new plates and two prix fixe options—below:

Raw Bar
Dozen Oysters or Clams on the Half Shell, Calamansi Vinegar, Seaweed Mignonette, M/P
Dozen Jonah Crab Claws, Whipped Seaweed & Spirulina Butter, M/P
Our Favorite Anchovies, Pickled Chili Condiment, Tartine Flatbread, $12.50
Tray of Sea Urchin, Served with Squid Ink Naan, M/P
Market Sashimi, Miso Cured Roe, Apple, Wasabi, $16 

Cold Appetizers
Sichuan Pickled Vegetable Platter, Vinegar Braised Peanuts, Tingly Cucumbers, $10
Red Cabbage Salad, Sesame, Anchovy, Crunchy Buckwheat, $11
Tiger Salad, Shaved Daikon Radish, Herbs, Spicy Turnip Vinaigrette, $10
Chewy Pork & Beef Brisket, Ma La Vinaigrette, Served Chilled, $12
Green Papaya and Banana Blossom Salad, Shredded Chicken, Green Tomatoes, Pickled Tea Leaves, Peanuts, $13 

Hot Appetizers
Chongqing Chicken Wings, Crispy Beef Tripe, Explosive Chili, Xinjiang Spice, $13
Char Siu Pork Riblets, Pickled Beet and Hibiscus Glaze, $12
Age Dashi Turnip Cake, Peanut Milk, Bonito Flakes, Grated Daikon, $12
Bread Service, Salted Kefir Butter and optional Caviar Service, $7, M/P
Hot Cheese Pizza, From the Wood Oven, $14 

Chef Specialties
Broccoli Beef Brisket, Smoked Oyster Sauce, Flax Seeds, $18
Thrice Cooked Bacon, Shanghai Rice Cakes, Bitter Melon, Sweet Tofu Skins, $13
Kung Pao Pastrami, Home Fries, Tianjin Chili, Celery and Peanuts, $14
Cumin Lamb Ribs, Charred Onions, Dates, $21
Mapo Tofu, Heritage Pork, Aged Beef Fat, Doubanjiang, $13
Stir Fried Pork Belly and Radishes, Black Beans, Chicharrones, Shiso, Mint, $14
Koji Fried Chicken, Hainanese Style, Lemon Kosho, $15/$28
Whole Smoked Pork Jowl, Hong Kong Style, Served with Three Sauces and Cloud Bread, $35
Shellfish in Black Bean Sauce, Thickened with Pig’s Blood, M/P
Big Tray Fish, Purple Taro, Turnip, Wheat Noodles, M/P
Wood Oven Fish, Drunken Style, Fresh Tumeric, Charred Chili Pickles, Sichuan Pepper Oil, $32 

Rice Corner
Salt Cod Fried Rice, Chinese Sausage, Lettuce, Egg, $14
Beef Jerky Fried Rice, Beech Mushrooms, Onions, Sawtooth Herb, $14
Lobster and Coconut Fried Rice, $26
Side of Steamed Rice, Jasmine or Brown Barley, $3

Noodle Corner
Chewy Green Tea Noodles, Ginger Scallion, Hoisin, Matcha, $9
Squid Ink Peanut Noodles, Cucumber, Fried Peanuts, Numbing Oil, $12.50
Stir Fried Wheat Noodles, Cumin, Celery, Catfish Dressing, $14
Steamed Oat Noodles, Charred Eggplant, Savory Granola, $13 

Vegetables By The Pound
Mongolian Long Beans, $13
Black Kale and Pea Greens, Bone Marrow Broth, Healthy Grains, $14
Stir Fried Celery, Sprouted Hazelnuts, Fresh Lily Bulb, $12
Napa Cabbage, Steamed in Chamomile and Masala Milk, Flowers, $15 

Westlake Rice Porridge, Rare Beef, Crunchy Scallop Floss, Soft Egg, $15
Pea Leaves in Squash Broth, Aged Chili, Boiled Peanuts, Pumpkin Seed Oil, $13
Tamarind Catfish Claypot, Mussels, Grilled Chicken Wing, Fragrant Herbs, $16
Aromatic Lamb Broth, Goji Berries, Papaya, Cellophane Noodles, $15
Winter Melon, Ham and Black Truffle Broth, Served En Croute, $16 

Family Dishes
Josefina’s House Special Chicken, $60
Beggar’s Duck, Roasted in Lotus Leaf and Clay, Cracked at the Table, $70
Smoked Prime Rib, Garnished with a King Crab Leg, M/P 

Prix Fixe A, $69
Cold Appetizer, Hot Appetizer, Salad, Noodles, Map, Rice, Hong Kong Pork Jowl or Koji Fried Chicken, Bacon, Veg, Soup, Dessert

Prix Fixe B, $99
Raw Bar, Cold Appetizer, Hot Appetizer, Salad, Noodles, Map, Rice, Prime Rib or House Special Chicken, Bacon, Veg, Veg Plus, Soup, Dessert, Dessert, Plus, Cocktail Cart

Mission Chinese Food, 171 E Broadway between Rutgers and Jefferson Sts (

Written by Ashley Cox

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