Asian dumplings can be enjoyed with many kinds of beverages, not just tea. Last week, my husband made a tropical cocktail to go with the deep-fried crab Rangoon wontons. It was a splendid way to finish the day, or start the night.
Trader Vic’s was, and still is, famous for its cocktails. Out of curiosity, I flipped to the back of the Trader Vic’s Pacific Island Cookbook to the “Drinks Recipes” chapter. Whoever owned the before me put the cocktail section to great use. It was the most stained part of the book.
There were recipes for San Francisco favorites, tropical drinks, and party punches. Names such as Silver Stallion, Tabu [sic], and Tiki Punch conjured up the restaurant’s ‘exotic’ tiki atmosphere. A perfect place for crab Rangoon to reign supreme. But what would one drink with crab Rangoon? There were many options but I settled on the Rangoon Ruby. The wonton and drink are in the same ersatz club, no? There was even a cheesy, period-appropriate photo too!