Thursday, November 15, 2012
Deco Features: Hopwon Dinner Club and Skinny Bar
Why not change things up for Thanksgiving this year? Instead of turkey, have some braised frog casserole. Forget the cranberry sauce and feast on jellyfish salad sound strange? There's a Chinese restaurant in Davie where strange is the new normal.
The food's anything, but typical which is exactly how owner Gigi Stetler likes it.
GIGI STETLER: "Im a foodie and i love weird exotic strange food that nobody else has."
That's an understatement Gigi has stocked her menu with what she calls authentic Chinese dishes and when she says authentic, she means it.
GIGI STETLER: "If you got to chinatown in new york and only only the original authentic chinese places which are normally like the hole in the wall places you will find those dishes."
Some of those dishes include a scrumptuous jellyfish salad a delightfully tasty braised frog casserole and who doesn't love fried pork intestines? The authenticity starts with the guys who make the meals.
GIGI STETLER: "We have authentic chefs you know you just can't have an authentic menu without authentic chefs."
Along with delicacies from the far east, some old favorites made the cut as well because hop won fans demanded it.
GIGI STETLER: "They're like "whatever you do please don't take away the pork fried rice please don't take away the honey garlic chicken please don't take away the orange chicken please it's our favorite dish."
There's more than food at this place folks are loving their sake-based mojitos that's where the skinny bar comes in.
GIGI STETLER: "It cuts down the sweetness you don't taste the sugar it's not made with all that mounds of sugar nobody wakes up with a headache everybody raves about the mojitos."
Hopwon Dinner Club And Skinny Bar is a great place to eat and an even better place to hang out 'cause when you're there, everybody knows your name.
GIGI STETLER: "Hop won means "cheers" in chinese."