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Each dish made by this modern Chinatown tea shop is associated with good luck, fortune, wealth, and health. Their Lunar New Year set costs $55 and includes one traditional radish cake filled with Chinese sausage and mushrooms, one brown sugar rice cake made with dried longan fruit a tea ceremony, and their new Steep tote bag. Order through their website for pickup Thursday, February 11th through Saturday, February 13th.
The Chinatown tea shop has added a new item to their menu. It’s a take on the Shanghainese soup, yanduxian, a warm dish usually eaten during the spring when fresh bamboo shoots are available. Their version contains pork belly, cured Chinese ham, bamboo shoots, and bean curd knots, and is available for pickup and delivery through their website.
Any green tea lovers in the house? We have just the event for you. This Sunday, October 17th, Chinatown-based tea house Steep LA is hosting a Tour Of Green Tea from 11am-2pm. The event includes ceremonial green tea tastings and tea education, plus green tea-infused entrees and dessert. Tickets are $75 and can be found here.
We love Steep’s version of the Hainan chicken because it combines big, tender pieces of poultry, well-made sauces, and pretty plating (we’re suckers for handmade ceramics). In addition to the rice and chicken, they’ve included some pickled cabbage with a good crunch and a surprising amount of spice. Instead of a fine, paste-like ginger scallion sauce, they’ve opted for one that’s coarsely chopped and thick, with a slaw-like consistency. Together, it’s a nourishing dish that should be an instant add to your “I’m feeling under the weather and need something to nurse me back to life” short list.
With its sleek, all-white interiors and monochrome furniture, this tea shop in the Mandarin Plaza looks like it could double as a Muji showroom – and also serves some of the best Chinese/Taiwanese comfort dishes around. They have a rotating menu of soups and rice bowls, including garlic beef tongue served with microgreens, vegan bean curd noodles, and a silky noodle soup covered in three types of pork. And as a teahouse, they also offer a prolific selection of teas, which they are happy to help you make sense of if you, like us, have only bought bags en masse from Costco.
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“Yes, the takeaway from Get Out is that being a person of color in America oftentimes feels like being in a horror movie. I get that. I think it’s genius. I would have given Jordan Peele the Best Original Screenplay Oscar a second time if I could. So when Catherine Keener sends Daniel Kaluuya to the Sunken Place with a cup of tea, the correct response probably isn’t “When was the last time I had a good cup?” But if you’re like me, place an order at Steep. This modern tea house in Chinatown serves a variety of loose-leaf teas like green tangerine pu-erh, shan lin xi oolong, and spring snail green tea, as well as pre-made versions of their blacks, greens, and oolongs for those who don’t have a strainer. If you’re hungry, they also have Taiwanese dishes to go, like braised pork rice with a marinated egg and pork butter with beef broth. Order directly from their website for takeout.” - KH
With its sleek, all-white interiors and monochrome furniture, this Chinatown tea shop looks more like a Muji showroom than a place to eat and drink, but don’t be mistaken - Steep is serving some of the highest quality teas around. Now available for delivery/takeout on their site they’re offering a variety of unique loose-leaf teas like spring snail green tea and spring in Bulang pu-erh, as well as a freshly brewed options, for those without a strainer (or patience). If you’re feeling hungry, they also have a few Taiwanese dishes like braised pork rice bowls, clear broth noodle soup with beef shank, and radish cakes.
Brunch doesn’t always mean long lines, drunk college kids, and Hollandaise sauce for as far as the eye can see. Sometimes, it can look like a quiet meal in an idyllic Chinatown plaza that makes you feel ultra-sophisticated. At Steep, a peaceful tea shop on N. Broadway, you’ll find some of our favorite Chinese and Taiwanese comfort dishes around, like vegan bean curd noodles and Hainan chicken rice served on gorgeous handmade ceramics.