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Chef Pete Vasquez

noradeirdre | Oct 2, 201108:52 PM

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!

Cafe Rani
2917 Magazine St Ste 103, New Orleans, LA 70115

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