Sometimes, after a long week, there's nothing better than greasy Chinese takeout. And considering that making it to Friday is a triumph in and of itself, why not wash down your stir-fry and noodles with a celebratory glass of champagne?
"The crispness and bubbles of champagne complements the umami and spice of Chinese food in a surprisingly delightful way," says Hannah Cheng, one half of the sister duo behind cult-favorite N.Y.C. dumpling spot Mimi Cheng's. "We love the unexpectedness of the highbrow/lowbrow combination. Once you try it, it makes perfect sense."
Here, she and co-founder Marian Cheng give us three recommendations to go with your favorite dishes. Go ahead, pop some bottles.
LA CARAVELLE CHAMPAGNE CUVÉE NINA
"La Caravelle Champagne Cuvée Nina is a well-balanced champagne that is bright and supple. It tastes dry with a hint of fruit, which makes it an ideal companion for food that has spice to it."
Available at Vintry Fine Wines, $36
CHARTOGNE-TAILLET SAINTE-ANNE BRUT
Pair it with Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce.
"This bottle stands up well to garlicky dishes because of the powerful roasted plum flavor."
Available at K&L Wine Merchants, $40
SAVART L'OUVERTURE PREMIER CRU BRUT
Pair it with Chicken and Broccoli.
"A pinot with notes of apricot. It's dry but not too dry, so it goes well with stir-fried dishes."
Available at Morrell & Company, $47