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Old Thousand Brings Eastern Cuisine to East 11th

12.20.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Old Thousand, a new East Austin neighborhood Chinese restaurant located at 1000 East 11th Street is now open for business! The name Old Thousand, a nod to the restaurant’s address and also a Chinese term for someone who is artfully clever—it’s also the name given to the wild tile in the Chinese game Mahjong. The interior is not what you'd usually find in an ordinary Chinese takeout restaurant. The 85-seat space features bright floral wallpaper, brass accents, a handmade 40-foot bar fashioned out of heritage oak, red vintage ceiling tins and cabinetry reminiscent of an old Chinese apothecary. With an equal focus on “eat-in” and “take-out,” Old Thousand fills the void of an east side go-to Chinese and late-night dining spot. This funky little neighborhood spot serves up the classic American-Chinese food, but in a remixed sort of way; familiar, but surprising. 

Chef James Dumapit (former executive sous chef at Uchiko) and Chef David Baek (formerly of Thai Kun and Uchi) created the Old Thousand menu filled with modern interpretations of classic American-Chinese dishes. Starters include Homemade Pickles, Pork Ribs with honey black vinegar glaze, and Crispy Wontons. Hot offerings include Dan Dan Noodles with mushroom puree and crispy tofu with a soft egg, and Nai Nai Chicken & Rice Congee. Cool offerings include the Tea Egg Salad made with greens from HausBar Farms and a Jellyfish Salad if you're feeling brave. For mains, Old Thousand offers noodle and rice dishes including Brisket Fried Rice made with smoked brisket, pineapple beef, and Char Siu with steamed buns. House specials include the Hot Pot with pork belly, Chinese sausage, mushrooms, duck confit, and chili-soy; and Honey Prawn with local honey and pecans. 

Chinese Broccoli {Photo Kristin Vrana}

Hot Pot {Photo Kristin Vrana}

Dessert features include 5 spice churros, Sesame Balls with preserved blackberries, and Dan Ta, an egg custard with Meyer lemon and vanilla. You'll also find light, easy-drinking cocktails to pair with the comforting menu as well as wine and beer.

Sesame Balls {Photo Kristin Vrana}

There's been a ton of talk around the opening, and you can try it for yourself now! Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and the bar stays open till 11pm. On Friday and Saturday, Old Thousand is open from 5pm to 11pm with the bar staying open until midnight. 

{All photos courtesy of Kristin Vrana}

{Old Thousand official website}

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