Tim Ma Is Opening Lucky Danger American-Chinese Takeout in DC

Lucky Danger expands to Arlington. Photography by Anna Meyer

Chef-about-town Tim Ma is bringing his smash hit American-Chinese takeout Lucky Danger back to DC this summer. The new location will be tucked inside Foggy Bottom’s new Western Market food hall, joining a sibling takeout spot in Arlington. 

Lucky Danger’s debut location in Mt. Vernon Triangle is now permanently Bar Chinois, a French cocktail and dim sum spot that Ma runs with bar talent Margaux Donati. 

The new food hall location will have a similar menu of popular American-Chinese dishes like crab rangoons, lo mein, kung pao chicken, and beef-and-broccoli. Diners can take food to-go, find seating in the food hall, or order delivery through Uber Eats. The lineup is designed with nearby GW students and office workers in mind. In addition to a la carte items, Lucky Danger will offer a package menu (serving 2 to 3) featuring six

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10 metro Phoenix Chinese restaurants open for dine-in and takeout on Christmas Day

Eating Chinese food on Christmas Day has been a well-documented Jewish-American tradition since the early 20th century. More recently, celebrating Christmas with specialties like Peking duck, noodles and dumplings has become even more mainstream. Google searches for “Chinese food” peak on Christmas Day, and GrubHub reports that Chinese takeout orders surge on Dec. 25.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants in Phoenix. If you’re planning to dig into some Chinese food this Christmas, here are 10 great places that will be open on Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change, so make sure to call ahead.

Several restaurants are operating takeout-only because of the coronavirus pandemic. Health experts strongly recommend wearing a mask when entering areas to pick up or pay for food.

China Chili

Mongolian Beef from China Chili in Phoenix.

Mongolian Beef from China Chili in Phoenix.

The beloved central Phoenix restaurant will serve its broad repertoire of regional Chinese dishes, including specialties like

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Chinese takeout recipes you can make at home

You’ll find various lists of the “top 10 most-ordered” foods for take-out Chinese, menu items such as orange chicken, pot stickers and wonton soup. Most aren’t easy to prepare at home, which is one reason, over and above global pandemics, why woks at Chinese restaurants are busy always.

But a couple of very popular Chinese restaurant menu items are easy to make at home — and might be better for it. But for a couple of special ingredients (such as toasted sesame seed oil or sweet soy sauce, increasingly available at mainline groceries), they are hot and sour soup and fried rice.

Tips for making Asian restaurant-style fried rice:

  • This is universal advice for preparing rice. Always rinse raw rice before cooking it (except for making risotto). That removes a lot of surface starch from the grains and makes for more separable grains.
  • For fried rice, try to use day-old
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What exactly is duck sauce? The sticky history of the Chinese-American takeout staple

In the six years that I’ve been frequenting Asian Wok, the small Chinese takeout counter a few blocks from my apartment, I’ve never seen Liling, the kitchen manager, look flustered. 

I’ve been there at all hours, from peak lunch rush to that final 30-minute window post-last call, and even when the restaurant is absolutely hectic and the kitchen reaches sweltering temperatures, she’ll simply pin her thick black bangs away from her face and just continue counting. 

You see, watching Liling, you realize that her kitchen runs by the numbers — the number of tickets still to be fulfilled, the number of precise folds on the edges of the hastily packaged steamed dumplings and, perhaps most importantly, the number of sauce packets allotted to each order. 

There’s a mysterious, though obviously calculated, math that goes into how many sauce packets each customer receives. Liling counts the packets, which are kept in

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