After spending time in the kitchen at several restaurants in Manhattan, Christopher Yang moved to Seattle last year to take a job at a startup. Missing the kitchen, he created Chinese Laundry, an occasional pop-up at Bloom in Ballard. The idea formed after a conversation with a former colleague at Momofuku: "Creative, playful food from an Asian-American perspective" you can eat with chopsticks.
Yang confirms that the name riffs off Yountville's The French Laundry, with its "long gastronomic tasting menu." His idea is to serve "food that doesn't take itself so seriously." While he's not planning "anything permanent," Yang says, "I want to expand my personal vision of what food is like. I wanted to explore concepts that restaurant can't explore." He may eventually do a chef's table dinner with multiple courses for up to a dozen guests.
Yang sold out of tickets for the first Chinese Laundry dinner and just announced a second pop-up on Monday, November 17:
This menu is an expression of culinary exchange and cross-cultural connections between China and Mexico. Prepare yourself for an evening of flavor bombs, social dining, and Chino-Latino dishes never seen before. Everything is served as shared platters with communal seating.