DC Chinese-American Takeout Blessed Threat Will Open up in Arlington

Fortunate Hazard expands to Arlington. Pictures by Anna Meyer/

Of all the new restaurant principles and ghost kitchens born in the pandemic, Blessed Threat has been, nicely, quite lucky. The Chinese-American takeout from chefs Tim Ma (previously Kyirisan and American Son) and Andrew Chiou (ex-Momo Yakitori) has sold out routinely considering that its November takeover of Prather’s Alley in Mt. Vernon Triangle. Now, the all-working day carryout thought is opening in a long lasting Arlington cafe space on Wednesday, July 21 with a  similar menu of takeout classics—dumplings, kung pao rooster, broccoli beef—and a “secret” menu of extra regular Chinese dishes like pig ear salad and full stuffed fish. 

Dishes like lo mein are all takeout and delivery. Photograph by Anna Meyer.

The restaurant thought is a personalized a person for Ma and Chiou, each first era Chinese-Us citizens with French schooling and finer-eating backgrounds. For Ma, who’s been consulting considering the fact that his Shaw cafe, Kyirisan, closed in 2019, the catalyst to jump back into his very own projects arrived from an  show in the Smithsonian’s Countrywide Museum of American Heritage: “Food, Reworking the American Desk.” His uncle’s New York cafe, Paul Ma’s China Kitchen, was highlighted, and Ma and his relatives participated in telling tales of Chinese food stuff as it made in America. 

“We gathered all my relatives when we acquired inducted into the Smithsonian. There was a gap in know-how among our generation and my parent’s era that could be missing when that generation dies, because they’re really Chinese, and we’re certainly Chinese-American.” At Fortunate Risk, Ma states they chorus from describing the food as “Americanized Chinese. We want to convey to the story of migration.”

Chef Andrew Chiou in the DC kitchen. Photograph by Anna Meyer.

Fortunate Danger’s menu in DC and in Arlington is bifurcated among Chinese-American takeout classics that the older technology developed to cater to American palates—items like orange beef and crab rangoon—and far more common Chinese dishes that Ma describes as “the variety of things you could not get at a Chinese cafe increasing up until your parents ended up with you.” That consists of plates like braised pork belly with mustard greens, or egg omelet with pickled radish. And when the notion is not to make cheffy meals, there are a several touches from the duo’s great dining backgrounds, like duck fried rice that incorporates tea-smoked duck and duck confit (both D’Artagnan, although it does not listing the boutique purveyor on the menu).

That being mentioned, Ma characteristics Lucky Danger’s recognition to the point it is not fussy. “You can know what you want to order without searching at the menu,” he says. (Spring rolls and lo mein? Test). The kung pao is just kung pao. Even though most Chinese-American takeouts never also serve Szechuan pepper-spiked tequila cocktails like the DC spot.

Kung pao rooster. Photograph by Anna Meyer.

The new Arlington restaurant will offer takeout and supply only (no alcohol). Consumers will be in a position to purchase on the internet or put an buy at a kiosk on-premise applying a QR code. There are a number of new dishes on the menu, which includes scallion pancakes, shrimp spring rolls, and a Ma favourite: moo shu pork with homemade pancakes. 

Owing to Blessed Danger’s achievements so far, the staff is at this time scouting brick-and-mortar areas in the District and other metropolitan areas as well. Ma designs to preserve the ghost kitchen area functioning out of Prather’s in Mt. Vernon Triangle for the time currently being, and will include Amazon-model foods lockers in the coming months for a additional streamlined pickup process.

“That’s the complete idea of updating Chinese takeout—we want to innovate,” states Ma. “Sometimes we’ll hit, occasionally we’ll miss, but we want to assume of ways to carry it into the recent dining position. If we can lockers there, we really do not have to have a person there. We can retain a small labor model and pay back the men and women who perform there extra.”

Fortunate Threat Arlington. 1101 S Joyce St, Device B27, Arlington.

*This post has been updated from an earlier variation

Food items Editor

Anna Spiegel handles the eating and consuming scene in her indigenous DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA method in New York, and held several cooking and creating positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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