Asian Comfort Experts Host Filipino Pop-Up – HIRO Asian Kitchen
ST LOUIS, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of St. Louis’ favorite Asian Fusion restaurants is HIRO Asian Kitchen, 1405 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis. HIRO Owner and chef Bernie Lee has created a unique menu that blends fresh, authentic Asian fare with comfort food in a sleek, boutique-style restaurant that is beautiful and inviting. This is an Asian restaurant that does award-winning brunch every weekend. HIRO’s brunch blends the traditional flavors of Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the islands of southeast Asia with classic brunch offerings, like waffles.
That fusion of fresh Asian fare and comfort food makes HIRO the perfect venue for the ultimate Asian comfort food: Filipino Cuisine. With pork and sweets as mainstays, it’s the “Southern” cooking of Southeast Asia. And it is delicious, savory, sweet, and catching fire across the U.S.
Fortunately for St. Louis diners, some of that fire has lighted at HIRO. Chef Malou Perez-Nievera, the creative force behind the highly acclaimed food blog, Skip to Malou, is cooking at HIRO. She’s the Chef de Filipino who created HIRO’s Saturday Filipino Brunch menu featuring such tasty treats as Tap-Silong, a sweet soy and garlic infused beef sirloin; Toci-Silong, smoked pork belly tocian (think bacon) marinated in pineapple juice and sherry. Then there’s the fried chicken and spaghetti—crispy, spicy, Filipino fried chicken. It’s everything you want fried chicken to be, and then some. And if you’ve never had Filipino-style spaghetti, then you’re in for a treat.
The creator of that amazing dish has been doing a series of Filipino pop-up dinners at HIRO. The next one (and last on the schedule) is Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each Skip to Malou dinner has had a theme. This one is Kamayan Night. The term “Kamayan” comes from the Tagalog word kamay meaning hand. This special Filipino way of eating uses no utensils. Eating with your hands is part of the local culture in the Philippines and has been tradition for generations. This is the inspiration behind Kamayan Night at HIRO.
Malou’s cooking is a creative combination of traditional and modern Filipino Food. She will prepare a scrumptious array of foods served on a long table lined with banana leaves. There will be no forks, knives, or spoons! Diners will eat kamayan style, with their hands. This will be a brand new experience for some, and it’s sure to be a most memorable dining experience.
Tickets for Kamayan Night at HIRO are $55 each and can be purchased online through brownpapertickets.com. If you can’t make it, you can check out some of Chef Malou’s culinary creations at brunch on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at HIRO Asian Kitchen.
Picture courtesy of HIRO Asian Kitchen
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