Hawai’i: The Pig and the Lady

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3comments No tags Permalink 0

Finally got a chance to check out The Pig and the Lady – a new local pop-up restaurant. After reading Reid’s post, and hearing about it from numerous friends, Shann, Kelly, Scot, and I went for an excellent 5-course dinner. The meal took place at Hank’s Haute Dogs (which closes in the evenings), truly creative with memorable dishes inspired by Southeast Asia. $55 per person, order dinner “tickets” online, BYOB, all in all a great deal. Here’s a peek at what we ate…

Pre-dinner nibbles: Shrimp Chips and Pickled Vegetables

1st Course: Carrot Soup – Curried Rice Puff, Coconut Crème Fraîche, Tangerines, and Carrot Fronds

The hot soup is poured tableside.

2nd Course: Octopus – Green Banana, Betelnut Leaves, Tomoto Confit, Watercress, and Octopus Jus. The pressed and sliced octopus reminds me of dish Chef Mavro served a few years ago. Makes sense as The Pig and the Lady’s talented owner/chef Andrew Le was formerly the sous chef at Mavro’s. Big fan of this octopus preparation.

3rd Course: Gnocchi – Kimchi, House Cured Bacon, Crispy Pig Ears, and Sesame Leaves. The gnocchi is meant to taste like pa jun (savory Korean pancake), and they nailed the flavor profile accurately.

4th Course: Pho Ga – Free Range Chicken, Slow Poached Egg, Hand-Cut Noodles, and Vietnamese Herbs. Came with housemade chili sauce and ginger nuoc nam.

Pandan-Jasmine Tea and Mint. Remind me to recreate this at home…grandma used to steep pandan leaves in hot tea, such a soothing combination and transition to dessert.

5th Course: Hawflake – Olive Oil Cake, Apricot Seed Powder, Kaya, Guava Sorbet, and Shiso. You remember hawflakes right? Here they were ground up, mixed with liquid and dehydrated into paper thin chips. Hands down our favorite dish of the night.
The Pig and the Lady
Check website for pop-up dates and location

  • K and S
    December 28, 2011

    sounds fun and delicious!

  • anonymous
    December 28, 2011

    Looks almost like a NY post! I think there is also ocassionally a pop-up at Morning Glass. I haven't been fortunate enough to make it to one yet :( but I'm glad you did!Alan

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 2, 2012

    Hi Kat! It was definitely a new experience…I'm use to seeing pop-ups in NYC, but never Hawai'i!Hi Alan! Doesn't it?! That was exactly what I thought when I was reading though the post ahaha.

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