Best Unhealthy Meal - 2013
Mission Chinese Food
What's better than bacon? Bacon that's been cooked, and cooked again, and then cooked again. At Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien's hip subterranean LES lair, the kitchen grabs a hold of classic Sichuan dish twice-cooked pork and thrusts it to new heights. Bacon is braised in ham stock, steamed, and then fried in a skillet before it's loaded with Sichuan peppercorns, slivers of green melon, sweet tofu skin, and fermented black bean. Shanghainese rice cakes are a chewy respite from the pig, and the hints of cilantro and scallion further highlight the frenzy of this feed. The dish is a circus of the senses that is smoky, sweet, bitter, and tongue-numbing all at once. And you'll be so proud of yourself for powering through that peculiar and wonderful meal, you won't give a second thought to what it means for your cholesterol.