Chestnut Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms

Monterey Park is just 20 miles distance-wise, but worlds away culture-wise. If you've been there, then you must be savvy to the incredible Chinese food, discounted designer jeans and $15/hr foot massages – if not, you're missing out big time. I'm going to let you in on one of my newest findings.

I just discovered the most incredible place there called Win Hop Fung. It's half Chinese herb/tea, half wine/alcohol super store. They even have wine tastings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You would have never guessed judging from the exterior. They even have a French sommelier. Weird, huh? At first I was a little bewildered by the idea of the combination, but after I actually checked it out, it totally made sense. Not only was I able to stock up on white flower oil and dried white fungus, but I carted out enough alcohol to supply my next few wine parties. Oops! I just can't help myself sometimes.

Above is a riesling that I tasted and actually liked. I only say "actually" because I usually find rieslings a bit sweet for my liking. This one was quite refreshing and at 50% off, I'm really kicking myself now for not getting a few more bottles. I paired this crisp wine with some homemade chestnut noodles and shiitakes (braised in the riesling). The chestnut flour in the pasta gives off a nice sweet, roasted flavor that contrast the wine nicely. I love playing with pairings like this. Happy Monday to all!

Signing off…

The Monterey Park Evangelist :)


Win Hop Fung

725 W. Garvey Ave

Monterey Park, CA 91754


  • shin

    05 May 2008 07:05 pm

    [this is good] I like shiitake mushrooms.
    The photograph can be taken yummy!(^^

  • cheff jonny

    06 May 2008 09:05 am

    dankety dank dank dank! You had me at chestnut pasta.

  • MEK

    08 May 2008 04:05 am



    its amazing how often that’s said about reisling, and when you pair them with the right types of food, the sweetness just takes-up residence elsewhere … pleased you liked the reisling there’s some great german types and from new zealand

  • Singing Horse

    23 May 2008 07:05 am

    [this is good] I love chestnuts and shiitake mushrooms!  It’s a killer combo.


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