Chef Pete Vasquez
So... since Mimi's in River Ridge was sold, if you've been craving some of Chef Pete's food, now you can find it every Sunday night at Stein's Deli in the Lower Garden District (Magazine at Jackson)
Here's the Burmese menu from tonight:
Burmese Chicken-Coconut Soup
Slivered Ginger Salad
Mixed Noodle Salad
Buttered Yellow Split Pea Rice
Prawn Meatballs in Tamarind Gravy
Burmese Chicken Curry
Pork in Burmese Black Bean Sauce
Sago Pearls in Coconut Milk with Banana Jam
Sesame Semolina Pudding
We had the chicken curry, the pork curry, the mixed noodle salad, and the split pea rice. HOLY CRAP IT WAS SO GOOD. The combination of flavors, the boldness of the ingredients, the respect to the cuisine's tradition... best curry I've had in New Orleans certainly and probably among the best I've ever had. I spoke to Chef Pete and he said his plan was to do different styles of food every week. I'm so excited! And now am slightly less sad that MVB is not reopening because this way I don't have to choose.
Other pop-ups tonight: Streats McGee at Cafe Rani and the chefs of Dante's Noodles and Pie at Coulis. I also had a TSAI dinner last night at a house on Foucher. If you're vegetarian, I highly suggest getting on the TSAI train - they're gonna be doing a Taiwanese brunch in a couple weeks. I think pretty much all these pop-ups (except Chef Pete) are on Twitter/Facebook.
I've been getting some great food in some really strange places lately. The pop-up phenomenon has made it possible for chefs to really go out on a limb and have some fun. And bring some lesser known flavors into New Orleans. And for cheap!
2917 Magazine St Ste 103, New Orleans, LA 70115
Happy for Chef Pete, not so much so for we who like things a tad undiscovered. News of this has broken on nola.com which means it will likely be in Lagniappe this Friday. Makes me wish I could afford to ditch working Sunday nights! BTW, he starts serving at 6:30 pm.
What a nice night. I got to meet nora of noradeirdre fame at Stein's tonite for Pete's Latin-themed offerings. Had the pupusas and the duck confit with posole, basmati and black beans. Both delicious. With a few beers from Dan Stein's massive and eclectic selection, it was a wonderful meal with a lovely nora chat. Can't wait til next week's country du jour!
We should do a Hound meetup- I know that other cities have done it... we could descend upon Stein's on Sunday at 6:30, meet up at one of the tables (put up a Chowhound sign or something there). That way we don't have to worry about having a headcount or making a reservation, and we could just get our food and chat! Thoughts?
I highly recommend the Slivered Ginger Salad. It was spicy, crunchy, and tart. At $5, it was also reasonably priced. I also loved the chicken curry. Given the lack of Burmese food in town, I hope Chef Pete will do this cuisine again. I think Chef Pete uses the following facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hush-Su...
Has anyone tried the Noodles and Pie pop-up?
Company Burger is similiar. Unfortunately, no killer gelato shakes. Fry portions considerably smaller but only $2. If you are a fan of thick onion rings, theirs are good.
Or, pick up some ground chuck/brisket combo from Rare Cuts and make these: