Irene Li

Boston

Chinese, Asian Fusion


Specialities

Chinese, Asian Fusion

About Irene Li

Irene Li is a chef and co-owner of Mei Mei The restaurant specializes in creative Chinese-American cuisine driven by locally, ethically, and sustainably sourced ingredients. In 2015, Irene was nominated for "Rising Star Chef of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation. 

Mei Mei began as a passion project of three siblings who love food and cooking. They built a menu inspired by their 
Chinese-American heritage. Mei Mei began as a food truck in 2012, fueled by an online crowd funding campaign. It was awarded Boston's Best Meal on Wheels. The restaurant opened the following year, and was recently named Eater Boston's Restaurant of the Year and made Boston Magazine's list of 50 Best Restaurants. 


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Irene Li's Video Tutorials

Chinese Scallion Pancakes

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Easy

These light, crispy pancakes are easy to make and fun to prepare with company.

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Cold Biang Biang Noodle Salad

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Easy

This refreshing noodle salad has textural contrast and bright, balanced, Asian-inspired flavor.

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Magical Kale Salad with Feta and Fried Egg

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Easy

This kale salad can be made ahead of time and enjoyed for lunch or dinner any night of the week.

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Homemade Tomato Jam

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Easy

This sweet and savory tomato jam can be used for desserts, meat filled entrees, or as a spread for sandwiches.

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Coconut Rice Pudding With Tomato Jam

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Easy

This creamy, softly textured dessert has an easily adaptable flavor, and can be served both warm and cold.

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Red Curry Bowl with Summer Squash and Tofu

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Easy

This Thai-inspired bowl is packed with flavor and texture, for a satisfying spoonful with each bite.

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How to Dress Up A Store Bought Curry Paste

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Easy

Transform commercial curry paste into a nuanced sauce with authentic flavor by adding a few simple ingredients.

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How to Make Biang Biang Noodles

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Advanced

Impress your friends and summon good fortune by making these traditional hand-pulled Chinese noodles from scratch.

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Chinese Kung Pao Chicken Dip

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Easy

This playful dish carries the bold flavors of kung pao chicken in a spicy, creamy dip.

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