Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Chinese New Year Pop-Up Setting Up at Cullum's Attagirl

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF BEST QUALITY DAUGHTER.
  • Photo Courtesy of Best Quality Daughter.
Best Quality Daughter (BQD) — a pop-up food series developed by Tenko Ramen co-owner Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk — is kicking off the Chinese New Year with a one-night takeover of Cullum’s Attagirl on Monday, February 4.

If ticket prices kept you from enjoying their pop-ups in 2018, there's good news: you don't need a ticket for this event. Plus, the small plates cost $11 or less.
click to enlarge BQD's Feb. 4 pop-up will feature playful yet thoughtful dishes like Taiwanese fried chicken. - XELINA FLORES
  • Xelina Flores
  • BQD's Feb. 4 pop-up will feature playful yet thoughtful dishes like Taiwanese fried chicken.

The event will provide “something accessible for everyone,” Dobbertin said. Small plates like bean and cheese potstickers and Taiwanese fried chicken will be available with all items costing between $2 and $11. Part of the event's proceeds will go to benefit the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Legal and Education Services (RAICES).

Dobbertin and Ling Datchuck initially bonded over their shared struggled with identity — both women were born to Chinese mothers and Caucasian fathers and often felt out of place — but that background also gave them unique insight and opportunities to create new experiences through BQD. 
click to enlarge Ling Datchuck and Dobbertin created Best Quality Daughter to celebrate their heritage and create unique food and art experiences. - COURTESY OF BEST QUALITY DAUGHTER.
  • Courtesy of Best Quality Daughter.
  • Ling Datchuck and Dobbertin created Best Quality Daughter to celebrate their heritage and create unique food and art experiences.

“I’m half-Chinese but I’m from San Antonio,” said Dobbertin. "I also lived in southeast Asia for six years, so my palate is all over the place.”

Dobbertin has developed the new BQD food menu, while artists Ling Datchuck and Jamie Stolarski have created an aesthetic to match. Chef Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen and Bakery Lorraine’s Chris Cheatwood will head the kitchen for the pop-up.



Other pop-up dishes include Thai-style pig rib (fermented and deep fried), and something described as a “cumin lamb McMuffin”, which sounds mysteriously delicious. The culinary team will also serve small bar snacks like five-spice boiled peanuts, with wine and beer available for purchase.

The BQD team is looking to eventually move its pop-ups into a brick-and-mortar, but for now, “we’ll be trying to do casual counter service,” Dobbertin said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

BQD’s Chinese New Year pop-up will take over Cullum’s Attagirl on February 4, from 6 p.m. until the event sells out. So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest San Antonio dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.

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