My fiancé and I often eat dinner together at Pin Wei, and we usually share a couple items off the menu. Chinese food is great for sharing as a couple, so I thought I'd share some of our favorite combinations. What we decide to eat depends on our baseline favorites, how hungry we are at the time and our mood. While we do generally like spicy food, we are not always in the mood for a ton of heat.
Great Combinations for Date Night:
- Cucumber in Scallion Oil appetizer
- Spicy Fresh Fish entree
The cucumber whets our appetite, and is a flavorful yet non-spicy start to the meal. After a few pieces of cucumber, I'm ready to dig into the juicy and aromatic fish entree. I usually save some cucumber to continue eating while I'm working on the fish. It's a good way to balance the flavors and fully appreciate each bite. The fish entree is large, so perfect for sharing.
- Dumplings in Chili Oil
- Cumin Lamb
- Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves
The Dumplings in Chili Oil are one of my favorite appetizers. It's spicy yet sweet, and I really savor every bite. I've tried to eat a whole serving by myself, and it got to be a bit much. Split between two, and it's perfect. The cumin lamb is only slighly spicy, and very flavorful. The snow pea leaves balance out the flavor profiles, and are a nice green leafy addition to the meal.
- Vegetable and Tofu Soup
- Sichuan Pickled Vegetables
- Yangzhou Fried Rice
This is when we are not feeling particularly adventurous, yet want just a tiny bit of kick to our meal. The vegetable and tofu soup is a mild yet tasty start. The pickled vegetables go really well with rice, and adds just that little bit of spice which makes everything stand out. These pickled vegetables are a staple in Sichuan - they make even plain white rice taste amazing.
Ok so now I'm really hungry, and the thought of these dishes is tantalizing me. I'll add on more suggestions in the future. We are BYOB, so remember to bring your bottle of wine for a great date night!