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Zen Forrest Presents Havana Night!

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A Little History…

U.S. Cuban relations have warmed up and we thought it would be fun to spotlight Chinese-Cuban cuisine.

Growing up in NYC I have had the privilege to try many Chinese-Cuban restaurants and home cooked meals with friends of Chinese-Cuban heritage.

Most people do not know that there is an approximate 175 year history of Chinese-Cubans.

The short story is: just before 1850 about 150,000 Chinese migrated to Cuba under a contract to work the sugar plantations. After the contract was filled many Chinese workers settled and became citizens and thrived there until the 1960’s when Fidel Castro came to power and started to take over private businesses and properties. Many of the Chinese-Cubans fled to New York taking with them their own fusion Cuban-Chinese foods.

For our next dinner event, we bring to Tampa Bay a little taste of this fusion of China and Cuba cooking. With of course, my own signature spin on a few dishes.

Menu

Grilled Octopus & Red Snapper Ceviche
Asian pear, Roasted habanera, fish sauce, red onion, cirrus, and herbs

Cuban Salad
Watercress, pineapple, and avocado salad with a Cuban style vinaigrette

Oxtail Croquettes
Rich and savory slow braised oxtail, potato, panko bread crumbs, rice juk

Cream of Plantain Soup & Cuban Toast
Creamy soup of green plantains, Cuban spices with local made Cuban bread

Mojo Chicken Roasted in La Caja China
Chicken marinated in garlic, spices, and citrus roasted in a Chinese roasting box, roasted ripe plantains

Fried Pork Chop and Black Bean Sauce
Five spice marinated pork chop lightly dusted and fried with Chinese fermented black beans, and yellow rice

Tres leches (Milk Cake)
A sponge cake, with three types of milk: condensed, evaporated and cream

Reservations only – Limited seating

October 23, 6:30 pm
35.00 per person:
Join us at 6:00 for a complimentary cocktail- Cubata to get the night started.
(beverages, tax and gratuity not included)

727-372-9545
4148 Rowan Rd
NPR Fl 34653

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