Chief Colin Liang brought the cuisine of China’s Yunnan Province to Federal Hill when it opened its first restaurant, water songin 2020. With its second restaurant, Liang serves dishes inspired by a wider geographical area.
Street food by Water Songwhich will mark its official opening on Thursday in Towson, offers dishes from Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Korea.
“We want to explore more, we want to bring more cultures from Asia to the table,” said Liang, owner of Street Food by Water Song with a business partner. Andrew Hinton.
The 36-seat restaurant is located at 3 W. Chesapeake Ave., and Liang and Hinton hope to attract students from nearby Towson University to the new concept by offering a laid-back atmosphere, late hours and lower prices inspired by the Asian night markets.
“When I think of street food, it’s going to be very down-to-earth, the price is going to be very reasonable, and the food itself will be very accessible,” Liang said.
Diners will order using self-service kiosks inside the restaurant. The menu includes options like lemongrass ribs, grilled tofu, street food-style hash browns, and wraps stuffed with peking duck, scallions, and cucumber.
There will also be some Water Song favorites: Liang plans to serve some of his Federal Hill restaurant’s most popular dishes, including fried rice, pork belly and fried potatoes.
Visitors to the grand opening of Street Food by Water Song can enjoy free samples and a 10% discount on food orders. The event is scheduled to take place Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The restaurant will extend its hours of operation in the weeks following the grand opening, adding late night service until 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Keep an eye out for other Liang and Hinton restaurants down the line. The business partners aim to open one new Water Song restaurant and one new street food concept per year. The next step could be a location in Delaware or Philadelphia, Liang says.
Here’s some good news: A Baltimore bakery is back selling cakes, cookies and its popular sweet potato cakes after a year-long hiatus.
Cooked in Baltimore closed last November following a theft that destroyed equipment and stole valuable production time. The break-in came at one of the worst possible times for the Reisterstown Road bakery and manufacturing plant, which was ramping up operations for the festive season.
“We lost so much that day,” the co-owner said april richardson. “We lost product, we lost equipment, but we also lost days of work, because there was glass everywhere.”
But the bakery also saw an outpouring of support following the theft. Dozens of volunteers showed up in the days that followed, offering to help with cleaning and cooking. Some volunteered for three or four weeks to help Baked in Baltimore get back on their feet.
The bakery manufacturing company – which sells baked goods to companies like Starbucks, Safeway, Wegman and Nordström – retrieved first. For a time, Richardson, who was concerned for the safety of his staff, debated whether or not to reopen the retail branch of Baked in Baltimore.
She ultimately decided to return, citing the support of loyal customers and the company’s mission to create jobs in the community. Richardson, a native of Baltimore, also operates a retail store in Washington, D.C. called Ninety Ten Sweet Potato Cake by DC.
“Thanks to the generosity of people in Baltimore and beyond, we were able to get the bakery back up and running,” she said. “We came here with a mission, which was to create jobs and make stellar products. Our mission didn’t change, so our location wouldn’t change either.
Baked in Baltimore reopened on October 29 with a grand opening celebration featuring cake tasting, music and lots of welcome hugs.
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Richardson and his partner, Derek Bassey, are already planning an extension of Charm City. In order to meet the growing demand, they are looking for a larger manufacturing facility to open around this time next year.
Maryland’s emerging sports betting industry is infiltrating the foodie scene.
Hollywood Casino Perryville is the latest of the state’s casinos to add a restaurant alongside its new sports betting site. The Sportsbook Bar Stool restaurant and sports bar recently opened and features 7,800 square feet of dining and entertainment space, including 42 TV screens showing most major sporting events, a stage for live music and bar games like air hockey, cornhole, bowling and bubble hockey (I’ll admit I had to look for this one: the table game is similar to foosball, but with hockey players instead of players of football).
Bettors can dine on dishes like smoked mac and cheese, honey garlic pork chops and giant crab pretzels while they watch and bet on games. The restaurant serves 44 draft beers, as well as a cocktail menu.
Calling all chili fans: this weekend is your chance to eat chili for a good cause.
Baltimore train station eigth year Stars, Stripes and Chow: Chili Edition takes place Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m. The event, held at Oriole Park in Camden Yards, features competitors from organizations including BlueHalo, M&T Bank, the Maryland Multi-Housing Association and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation to serve prepare their best version of the hearty dish.
For $45, attendees can taste unlimited chili samples and vote in categories such as “People’s Choice” and “Best Theme.” Tickets are $35 for veterans, active duty military, and first responders and $25 for ages 11-20. Children 10 and under can participate for free. Proceeds are donated to The Baltimore Station, an organization that provides residential and community therapy programs for veterans and other homeless and drug addicted people. More information is available at Chow2022.givesmart.com.