Not a new concept, it's a way of life.
Today, when you hear the words "street food" you automatically think fad, trendy, hipster food. But that's not the case for billions of people around the world. It's essentially the way of life for them. It's how they make a living, feed themselves, socialize, and even contribute to their own local economy. Pull up to a street side vendor and there you'll likely find a grandfather sharing a bowl of pho with his grand kids, a CEO knocking back a bottle of beer over grilled squid with a janitor, or even a local teaching a tourist the right way to enjoy balut. It's for everyone.
I believe there isn't a better way to experience a culture than through food, and the foundation of their culinary heritage is built on the backs of these street vendors. Street food was derived out of necessities, the recipes passed down through generations, offered to anyone willing to try it, and meant to be enjoyed by all. That is what Chow Yum Phat stands for.
FIRST LOOK: ASIAN STREET FOOD CONCEPT CHOW YUM PHAT OPENS ITS FIRST RESTAURANT NEXT TUESDAY
September | 2019
Good food, good drinks, good prices. That’s what Capital City residents should expect from Chow Yum Phat’s new Perkins Road overpass location. At least according to Jordan Ramirez, co-owner of Chow Yum Phat and Yuzu.
“We want this to be a place where people can come and hang out, eat and drink. Nothing too serious,” Ramirez says.
The Asian street food concept already serves Mid City from a stall in White Star Market, and took over City Pork’s former spot in May to open its first brick-and-mortar location. And as Chow Yum Phat settles into this new home, Ramirez hopes the restaurant will become the new neighborhood joint, where guests can try multiple drinks and dishes without breaking the bank.
The overpass location is modeled after an informal, Japanese-style of dining called izakaya, where the focus strays from large entrées to an extensive cocktail and small plate menu. And the Chow Yum Phat menu reflects this style by incorporating some of its popular ramens and dumplings while adding a host of shared plate dishes created by Ramirez and co-owner Vu “Phat” Le.