The name means something like fooling around or bullshitting, like, this person pretends they are working, but really they are just dao jiang hu’ing. The restaurant doing anything but.
Instead, they are busy erasing the traditional boundaries between Chinese cuisines with a short menu of things like chili & mint chicken, kung pao mushrooms and mapo tofu with feta cheese. It’s part of the Xixi Bistro school of Chinese cooking I’d say, which we’re seeing more and more of. Here at Dao Jiang Hu, at the Edition Hotel’s Canton Disco, and at places like Oha Eatery.
It’s the brainchild of Betty Ng, the owner of southeast Asian restaurant Ginger, who is in the dining room of Dao Jiang Hu most nights. Is the food a success? It’s hit or miss, to my taste, but I’m happy to see more people being creative with Chinese food. If that excites you as well, it’s something to check out.