The Playground, never one to leave any stone unturned or cuisine un-tackled, is taking on Southeast Asian food in its latest pop-up. On Aug. 20, sous chef Frank DeLoach will be heading up “Bites: South East Street Food,” a casual, night-market-style event featuring dishes “inspired by the deliciousness of fish sauce, chilies and lime.” Paper lanterns and twinkling lights will adorn the downtown Santa Ana restaurant, capturing the feel of the frenzied streets of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
Here's a preview of the menu. (Sriracha truffles, oh-em-gee!)
Bites: South East Street FoodGreen PapayaHeirloom Baby Tomato, Summer Vegetables & Taro Chips$6Kanom Jin NoodlesPineapple, Dried Prawn, Chilies & Lime$7Bánh MiCrispy Beef Tongue, Pickles, Tofu “paté”$8Corn & Coconut FritterSriracha, Cilantro$2.50Garlicky Chicken WingsSweet & Sour, Cilantro & Lime$10Caramel PorkCrisp Garlic, Hong Kong Noodle, Herbs$11Singapore Black Pepper Musselslots of black pepper, pickled thai chilies$12Sriracha chocolate truffles$1 per piece
There'll be crafted Southeast Asian beer cocktails as well. The event starts at 5 p.m. No reservations necessary.
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