Culinary Scavenger Hunt
1. Three unsung heroes (with a knack for Pan-Asian street food) to serve as guest chefs.
2. One cool venue willing to host a three-month pop-up dinner series.
3. Empty stomachs with adventurous appetites.
Mission impossible? Former Poleng Lounge team Desi Danganan and Tim Luym, along with Som’s Hakobo and Nhu Juarez, and John Paul Capulong pull it off with Eastern Addition, a weekly event intended to shine light on the restaurant industry’s unsung heroes and inject authentic Asian flavors into the NoPa hood.
Menu, cuisine, and guest chef change monthly. First up, Japanese street food with former Bushi-Tei owner Tak Matsuba. Sample cold (pickled veggies, chrysanthemum salad) and hot bites (chicken karaage, Tokyo Truck Stop gyoza), plus rice bowls and a Frozen Kuhsterd dessert.
In November and December, look forward to cuisine from Burma (in collaboration with Burmese Kitchen’s Dennis Lin) and the Philippines, respectively.
Seek and you shall find.
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