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Welcome Fall Flavors with Hunter Gatherer’s New Seasonal Menu

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Fall is here, and so is our new seasonal menu. Hearty and comforting, these satisfying new dishes are designed to warm you from the inside out and show off the best of this season’s produce. Join us as we say goodbye to some of our summer staples to embrace the cooler weather with cozy meals filled with aromatic spices and herbs guaranteed to perk up any chilly night.

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Hearty Barley (vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, gluten free)

The ancient cereal grain barley is the star of our new filling base for autumn. High in fiber and antioxidants, the heart-healthy barley has a rich nutty flavor and delicious pasta-like consistency. Our round Chinese pearl barley grains are cooked with diced carrots, onions, and celery, while basil, mint, and cilantro add an extra punch of flavor and color.

Ingredients: Chinese pearl barley, carrots, onions, celery, basil, mint, cilantro

Red Brown Rice | Anfu Only (gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free, nut free)

Hunter Gatherer Anfu gets a special treat this season with this new base: Red Brown Rice. Don’t let its simple name deceive you—this colorful rice dish has a distinctive taste thanks to the bay leaves cooked alongside and follows the same recipe used for our designer bowls in Hubindao’s Feature Station, as well as our soon to open Hunter Gatherer in Pudong’s IFC Mall.

Ingredients: Red rice, brown rice, bay leaf, salt

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Simmered Chicken & Grapes (gluten free, dairy free, nut free)

Spice fans will fall in love with the aromatic Simmered Chicken & Grapes. Juicy chicken thigh stewed with sweet red grapes and cherry tomatoes is taken to the next level with a medley of quintessential autumnal spices, including cinnamon, paprika, and ginger.

Ingredients: NPG chicken thigh, red grapes, cherry tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, allspice, salt, sugar

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Moroccan Beef Stew (dairy free, nut free)

Nothing’s better than a hearty stew to warm you up in the coldest of nights. Our comforting Moroccan Beef Stew features tender chunks of grass-fed brisket infused with flavor and mixed with sweet root vegetables like carrot and radish. Warming Moroccan spices like cumin, ginger, and cinnamon provide incredible flavor and aroma nuanced by fresh herbs and fermented soybean paste.

Ingredients: Grass-fed brisket, carrot, radish, onion, tomato, chicken stock, cilantro, mint, basil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, fermented soybean paste, black pepper

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Tofu Mushroom Meatballs (vegetarian, dairy free, nut free)

Our new vegetarian-friendly Tofu Mushroom Meatballs offers rich and meaty taste without the actual meat. Crafted with white and shiitake mushrooms, these meatballs are made with tofu for a soft and fluffy texture as well as soy sauce for a punch of umami flavor. Green scallions sprinkled on top add a bit of crunch and color.

Ingredients: Tofu, white mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, egg, soy sauce, green scallions, oil, red onion, garlic, salt

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Tamale Stuffed Bell Peppers (gluten free, vegetarian, nut free)

Colorful and healthy Tamale Stuffed Bell Peppers are a fresh vegetarian take on the Mesoamerican classic. Sweet red bell pepper halves are filled with a delicate seasoned mix of cornmeal and corn, then baked in an oven until tender. Slices of spicy finger peppers bring the heat to this festive dish.

Ingredients: Bell peppers, cornmeal, corn, finger peppers, onion, rice vinegar, salt, sugar, grass fed butter, cilantro

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Pea Falafel (gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free)

Falafel is a popular comfort food packed with vegetarian protein, but the original fried version is not very healthy and is high in fat. That’s why we’ve whipped up the oven-baked Pea Falafel, a healthier alternative that has all the crunch and flavor without the deep-frying. Made with chickpeas, peas, and carrots, these veggie-rich falafels are seasoned with tahini, garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Ingredients: Chickpeas, peas, carrots, parsley, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cornstarch, salt

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Zesty Chili Soy Mushrooms (gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free)

Spicy, tangy, and a touch sour, the Zesty Chili Soy Mushrooms is a dish guaranteed to wake up your taste buds. Nutty and buttery Brown Beech mushrooms are cooked with milder, velvety trumpet mushrooms for a dish rich in Vitamin D. The mushrooms are tossed in a zesty soy dressing including chili flakes, lemongrass, lime, and soy sauce as well as finger peppers and mint for a complex flavor profile.

Ingredients: Trumpet mushrooms, Brown Beech mushrooms, finger peppers, mint, zesty soy dressing

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Coconut Lime Dragon Beans (gluten free, vegetarian)

Dragon beans, also known as winged beans, are a unique and beautiful type of bean from the hot tropics that looks unlike its smoother cousins. Grown with four sides and crinkled “wings,” the unusual dragon beans are also a surprisingly rich source of protein and B-complex vitamins. We dress up the power-house green with shiitake mushrooms, crushed peanuts, and spicy finger peppers, then toss the mix with a coconut lime dressing that’ll bring you back to the beans’ tropical origins.

Ingredients: Winged beans, Shiitake mushrooms, crushed peanuts, garlic, shallots, finger peppers, coconut lime dressing

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New England Clam Chowder (nut free)

Hearty chowder is a go-to favorite in autumn. Cooked with generous chunks of clam meat and potato, our New England Clam Chowder is comforting, thick, and creamy thanks to a delicious blend of grass-fed cream and Asahi milk seasoned with garlic, leek, butter, and onion.

Ingredients: Clam meat, potatoes, onions, celery, garlic, leeks, grass-fed cream, Asahi milk

Pick of the Month: Sweet Potatoes and Mixed Lettuce

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Welcome to October. This is a month of change—of autumn leaves, crisp air, and, of course, hearty seasonal fall vegetables. We’re excited to share two beautiful nutrient-dense vegetable picks of the month: colorful sweet potatoes and mixed lettuce. Grown with organic practices on the Hunter Gatherer farms, these versatile vegetables are the result of milder fall temperatures and the care of skilled farmers. Read on to learn how these Real Foods can help you live well and eat better.

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Sweet Potatoes

The fiber-rich sweet potatoes are a colorful bunch, with white, yellow, red, and even purple types among its 400 varieties. Beautiful colors aside, it’s easy to forget that these roots are vegetables at all—their sweet and creamy consistency make them perfect as baked fries or as a dessert filling. But the truth is sweet potatoes are surprisingly nutritious and even an ideal food for losing weight and preventing high cholesterol.

Filling yet relatively fat-free, sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are essential for skin and eye health, and are full of B5 and B6 vitamins for a healthy heart. You can also count on them as a source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and manganese to help stabilize your appetite. Despite their sweetness, these vegetables have a low glycemic index (unlike other starchy foods) and release sugar much more slowly into the bloodstream, making them an ideal choice for those who need to control blood sugar levels.

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We love these superfoods for more than just their health benefits. The versatile sweet potato is perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Bake sweet potato strips into a healthier version of French fries, puree it into a soup, steam it as a snack, or cook into a vegan coconut curry—the possibilities are endless.

At Hunter Gatherer we grow four kinds of sweet potatoes—white, yellow, red, and purple—all cultivated safely and responsibly with organic practices. There are slight differences between the different colored sweet potatoes—the white versions are slightly sweeter, while the yellow and red have higher counts of beta-carotene, and the purple types are richer in selenium and antioxidants. We recommend getting a few of each for a truly festive and colorful fall feast.

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Mixed Lettuce

Humble yet mighty, lettuce is unfairly overlooked as a “boring” green. But depending on the variety, this leafy vegetable can be surprisingly beautiful, complex, and nutritious. While the ubiquitous iceberg lettuce is best known, there are many other kinds of low-calorie lettuce that are not only more beautiful, but are also powerhouses for essential vitamins and minerals.

Our Hunter Gatherer farms in Shandong and Shanghai are growing eight different kinds of cool weather-loving lettuce. Up north in Shandong our farmers are harvesting loose-leaf lettuce, Hamburg butterhead lettuce, and red leaf lettuce. Another variety of butterhead lettuce is already available in Shanghai, but keep your eye out for heads of ruffle-edged red and green Lolla Rosa lettuce as well as green and purple varieties of Romaine lettuce that we’ll introduce in the latter half of the month.

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Each type of Hunter Gatherer lettuce has its own special flavor, texture, and appearance. The butterhead lettuces, for instance, have velvety soft and tender leaves and are named after their sweet, buttery flavor. Unlike the rounded heads of lettuce you may be used to, Romaine lettuce grows as a long head of crunchy, sturdy leaves. What these lettuce varieties have in common is their high contents of Vitamin A—important for vision and healthy skin—and Vitamin K—essential for bone and blood health. These leafy greens are also great for keeping you feeling full longer despite their low calories and are perfect for a mighty salad or in a green smoothie.

To get your hands on these colorful vegetables, look for the special ‘Pick of the Month’ signs in the produce section at our Anfu and Hubindao locations. We’ll also offer free samples of our colorful sweet potatoes and mixed lettuce all month long.

First Taste Of Our New Menu

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We’re taking a break from the usual this season to bring you a sneak peek of what’s to come. In place of a guest chef menu at Hubindao, we’re shining the spotlight on our test kitchen for a special preview of our upcoming menu at Pudong’s IFC Mall—home to our soon-to-be-open fourth Hunter Gatherer location. The menu will feature a series of pre-designed HG Bowls which, unlike our build-your-own Classic HG Bowls, are specially crafted as complete meals with complex yet harmonious flavors. These designer bowls explore a wide range of global tastes and cuisines and the menu will feature three such bowls on a rotating basis. Our sneak preview set at Hubindao’s ‘First Taste Of Our New Menu’ station includes three bowls with Chinese flavor profiles. Let us know which one you like best!

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MALA SPICE BOWL Dairy-free and Gluten-free

Delightfully tongue-numbing Sichuan peppers set the tone for the Mala Spice Bowl, a mouthwatering gluten-free dish inspired by traditional Sichuan flavors. Mala peanuts whet the appetite for juicy NPG chicken thigh, bacon-braised cabbage, and sautéed long beans on a bed of brown rice. Chili bamboo and pickled jalapeno bring the heat, while cucumber relish, mint, and cilantro add extra layers of flavor.

Ingredients: Brown rice, NPG chicken thigh, bacon-braised cabbage, sautéed long beans, chili bamboo, cucumber relish, mint, cilantro, mala peanuts, pickled jalapeño, b&w pepper

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STOP DROP & ROU BOWL Dairy-free and Nut-free

Our Stop Drop & Rou Bowl lives up to its name with show-stopping pork—slow roasted for fours hours for that tender, melt-in-your-mouth taste and paired with rich and decadent lu rou sauce that tastes just like home. While slow-roasted pork is the star, this dish is also full of complex flavors and textures. Crispy wonton skins and kale chips add crunch; lotus root brings a touch of sweetness balanced by tangy slaw; and free-range egg, spinach, and a bed of brown rice balance the meal.

Ingredients: Brown rice, 4 hour slow-roasted antibiotic-free pork, lu rou sauce, free-range egg, spinach, sweet lotus root, tangy slaw, osmanthus dressing, kale chips, crispy wonton skins

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ARE YOU FU RU? BOWLNut-free and Gluten-free

Fu ru, or fermented bean curd, is China’s answer to cheese. Made with a similar texture and mouthfeel as dairy products, this “tofu cheese” is popularly paired with rice and often appears in Chinese breakfasts. In the Are You Fu Ru? bowl, fu ru sauce is matched instead with fiber-rich Chinese pearl barley and serves as a perfect complement to 4 hour slow-roasted pork and a variety of vegetables including blanched farm greens, spinach, sweet lotus root, and cucumber relish. Crispy fava beans add a delicious crunch on top.

Ingredients: Chinese pearl barley, 4 hour slow-roasted antibiotic-free pork, furu sauce, blanched farm greens, sweet lotus root, cucumber relish, spinach, cilantro, mint, osmanthus dressing, crispy fava beans

 

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