highly anticipated DanDan, a restaurant owned and operated by Dan
Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, opened in late July, offering what Jacobs
refers to as an "updated approach" to Chinese cuisine.
"For me, Chinese (food) brings back happy memories of being a kid
and going out to dinner," he says. "Our theory behind
opening DanDan was that if we enjoy cooking (Chinese food), people
will be happy eating it."
something we thought Milwaukee needed, and something that we’re
passionate about," echoes Van Rite.
To create DanDan’s
menu, the pair spent months visiting Chinese restaurants across the
country, sampling various dishes and styles of Asian cuisine. A
recommended entry point? The roast duck chow fun, pictured here.
The dish itself,
which Van Rite describes as having "great texture,"
cohesively marries multiple flavor profiles —
a testament to
the duo’s uncanny culinary talent. The duck is seasoned, roasted and
shredded in-house, and the homemade chow fun noodles are steamed, cut
and then pan-seared. Preserved radishes and additional unexpected
ingredients, like marinated tofu and crunchy celery, are paired with
more traditional Chinese sauces, herbs and spices, from soy sauce and
black vinegar to ginger and garlic. "(The dish has) great
flavors, but it’s not going to knock your face off," says
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