Top Alum Chefs Cohen and Hung Host Joint Pop-Up

June 5, 2015 1:00 pm Last Updated: September 8, 2015 7:34 am

Despite what they say about too many cooks in kitchen, sometimes you want to see what happens when you throw chefs together. “Top Chefs” alums Leah Cohen and Hung Huynh are set to collaborate on a pop-up called A Vietnam Voyage.

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Chef Leah Cohen. (Justine Dungo)
Chef Leah Cohen. (Justine Dungo)

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Chef Hung Huynh. (Courtesy of Hung Huynh)
Chef Hung Huynh. (Courtesy of Hung Huynh)

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The five-course dinner goes deeper than commonly known dishes such as pho and highlights the cuisines of five different Vietnamese cities, with each chef presenting two courses and collaborating on dessert.

Expect to see scallops, grilled in the Phu Quoc style, or grilled in the shell, with scallion oil and peanuts; Banh Nam (steamed rice cake with pork and shrimp); Cha ca Sizzling Cod with dill, turmeric, rice noodles, herbs, and peanuts; Caramel Pork Belly; and the finale: Vietnamese Banana Cake, with coconut ice cream and salted peanut brittle.

Cohen has just returned from a trip from Vietnam, while Vietnamese-American chef Huynh Hung has been hosting pop-up dinners themed on travels. At a recent pop-up at Petaluma, he featured dishes based on the offerings from Marco Polo, like a delicious Pork Belly Porchetta, or Khan Scallion Pancakes with a delicious trio of sides: caramelized cauliflower, miso eggplant, and “silken olive oil”—an impossibly smooth blend of tofu! (to our surprise) and olive oil that we couldn’t get enough of.

Tuesday, June 9, various dinner seatings, Pig and Khao, 68 Clinton St. Tickets are $65 per person plus beverages (specialty cocktails for purchase), available at TinyURL.com/khatr9u.