• Annie Shi's Pantry •
Annie Shi’s the co-owner of King - the sophisticated yet subtle Italian-French cafe in Soho that’s the epitome of cool without trying. From the rows of Thonet cane chairs, menus featuring the best seasonal fare and adorned with ochre watercolors, to Annie’s enviable wine selection, she and her co-proprietors (Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer) have created a truly magical place to wine & dine. It’s the kind of joint where munching on carta di musica with bottarga butter, sipping a floral Manzoni Bianco Fontanasanta, and bathing in neutral tones and natural light makes you feel like, well... a queen. When Annie’s not digging into olive oil-glazed veggies at King, she’s cooking Chinese food and shopping in Chinatown for staples like fresh fish, miso, soy sauce, and vinegars.
Check out Annie’s pantry where wine books, simplicity, and nostalgic cravings reign supreme and her mother’s dumplings await.
Shop The Annie Pantry:
“My kitchen style is a work in progress...since opening King, I haven’t spent more than a day and a half at home. I recently moved into my own studio in Soho, just a few blocks away, and am beginning to build out an adult kitchen. I love cooking in a way that feels methodical and using a recipe as an inspiration rather than prescriptive sets of rules. My food style is simple - just delicious and intentional.
I find inspiration through nostalgia. I grew up eating Chinese food every single night - my mother always cooked for the family. Now that my family meal is Italian and French-inspired, when I’m not at King, I deeply crave Chinese food.
markets & shopping
I like to shop in Chinatown. If I am cooking at home, it is likely to be Chinese, so I can find all my pantry staples as well as produce and groceries in a few shops. The vegetables, as well as fish and meat there are often much fresher than what I would be able to find in my local supermarket.
good quality miso
King’s Taggiasca olives
salt-packed Ortiz anchovies
fermented black bean sauce (Lao Gan Ma is the brand I like)
Crystal Hot Sauce (and as many types of chili sauce and chili oils as I can fit in my fridge)
my mom’s dumplings
To Sum it Up:
pantry item she can't live without: soba noodles! Such an easy and delicious late night post-service snack with a little tsuyu sauce (sauce made from dashi soup stock and a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar) and sesame seeds on top
one or two items that are always in her fridge: a bottle of champagne and Lao Gan Ma
her go to inspiration cookbook: Elizabeth David’s Christmas - very aspirational cookbook for me right now as I gear up for the holiday season
her most trusted kitchen tool: my chopsticks - great for cooking or for snacking
3 adjectives that describe her pantry style: spontaneous, spicy, and oversalted
her all time favorite market: Sunrise Market - I shop there the most frequently as it is just around the corner from my apartment.
women made food products she pines for: Dominique Hauvette and Stella di Campalto’s wines, Jordan Salcito’s RAMONA spritzes, my mother’s more-than-amazing Chinese food
her favorite music to jam out to in the kitchen: Jessie Ware