In the Kitchen with Chef Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon

In the Kitchen with Chef Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon

This month on A Bite of Miami with Brickellista, I welcomed Chef Xavier Torres from Drunken Dragon on Miami Beach, to make his FAMOUS Crab Fried Rice.

Chef Xavier Torres is from Puerto Rico (we are not related, I swear!) and studied at Johnson & Wales University.  He has worked in some of the most famous kitchens in Miami including The Dutch, Zuma and Nobu.

Xavier and I had a great time filming plus his recipe is so easy to make that I know I’ll definitely cook this recipe for my weekly meal prep.

Check out the YouTube Interview and Recipe:

In 2014, Torres was introduced to the partners behind Drunken Dragon, a new Asian concept  by Homecookin Hospitality Group. And as Executive Chef, Xavier Torres has full creative control to develop recipes. Fast forward to 2018 and Drunken Dragon is one of the hottest restaurants in Miami receiving an accolade of awards for its cuisine and Asian design elements.

Staple dishes, such as the Crab Fried Rice, have been luring in foodies from across the globe. And now you can make this recipe at home.


Crab Fried Rice Ingredients

  • 6oz cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 whole eggs beaten
  • 3 oz jumbo lump crab
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/2 garlic
  • 1/2 ginger
  • 1 tablespoon shelled edamame
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • hon dashi (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)

Crab Fried Rice Recipe

  1. Cook the jasmine rice the night before to make after work meal prep a breeze
  2. In a WOK or medium frying pan, heat the peanut oil in medium-high heat on stove
  3. While the pan heats, scramble two eggs in a small bowl
  4. Once the pan is hot, add the two eggs and cook until hard
  5. Add the jasmine rice and toss in the other ingredients: crab, turmeric, garlic, ginger and edemame
  6. Toss the ingredients … and keep tossing until rice looks golden
  7. Add the hon dashi and salt to taste.
  8. Serve in a pretty black wooden serving bowl and serve with prettier rose gold chop sticks!

Crab Fried Rice Recipe with Chef Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon Restaurant in Miami

#BTS on “Set” 

Filming this series was so much fun. Andrew and Kenny, from T-Rex Creative, are so detailed oriented it’s super helpful when we are on set. Plus they deal with my serious OCD tendencies… bless these guys. There is never a dull moment on set, which is helpful when doing interview segments.


Getting Dolled Up!

My local partner Saks 5th Ave at Brickell City Centre dressed me in a STUNNING Alexis dress. The dress is such a show stopper, so I kept the jewelry minimal and wore my PANDORA earrings, necklace and bracelets.  GlamSquad also gave me a revamped look (hello brows!) with bold eye makeup and a sexy red lip.

The night before the shoot I did my emergency beauty fix to make sure my skin was camera ready. The Caudalie Face Mask is a LIFESAVER before any photoshoot. I highly recommend for any major event.

 


My favorite part about filming these segments is the set production. I RAIDED Target and picked out the cutest decor for this shoot. I am obsessing over this wood chopping block which can be used as a serving tray. I placed it on top of my marble cake stand for a dramatic effect.

I found the perfect black wooden serving bowl for the fried rice (under $17!) and these ADORABLE rose gold chopsticks.

Shop the Decor for Your Home! 


Filming for this series has been a rewarding experience.  Most of the chefs I’ve spoken to in preparation for this series state that Miami is a place that inspires culinary creativity, and they love developing menus based on the local culture.

Getting to know our local chefs is not only a source of inspiration, but it also puts a face behind the menu. Plus… hosting them in my kitchen is just the icing on the cake!

Can’t wait to bring another segment to you next month and hope you will continue following along.

XO,
EV

Production by Andrew and the team at trex-creative.com
Photography by Kenneth Lesley at trex-creative.com
Hair & Makeup c/o GlamSquad
Thank you to Saks Fifth Avenue in Brickell City Centre for styling me

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Evelyn Torres
Evelyn Torres

As one of Miami’s top bloggers, Evelyn Torres has become one of the leading voices in fitness, fashion, and Miami. Brickellista started as a Twitter alias in 2009 and has expanded to become a lifestyle blog capturing a Miami girl’s perspective. Evelyn is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and on the pulse of the Miami social scene.

Today as founder and Managing Director of BrickellistaFiles.com, Evelyn is not only the face of BrickellistaFiles, but oversees the strategy and direction. She is the driving force behind the brand and has built the go-to site for everything Miami.

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