Hawaii Mom Blog: The Pig and the Lady




September 4, 2011

The Pig and the Lady

Pop up Restaurants are popping up everywhere all over the nation, even in Hawaii. The concept is brilliant - a young chef will find a restaurant that only operates in the day, and will transform that restaurant into an entirely different concept at night. The chef is able to showcase his/her skills to the outside world with minimal start up costs and minimal risk.

One of the first pop up restaurants in Hawaii is The Pig and the Lady. It's co-owned by Chef Andrew Le (formerly of Chef Mavro) and Martha Cheng (freelance writer, food editor for the Honolulu Weekly and freelance contributor to Honolulu Magazine, co-owner of Melt food truck). They've been popping up at Hank's Haute Dog on Coral Street all summer long. Here's a look at their final menu:

Location - Hank's Haute Dogs

Appetizer - chips with pickled veggies

First Course - Squash Blossoms (zucchini mousse, pickled hearts of palm, summer vegetables, tomato curry vinaigrette)

Second Course - Caramelized Fish (sea asparagus, jicama, pressed jasmine rice)

Third Course - trotter croquette, pickled mustard cabbage with bacon, roasted pineapple pork jus)

Fourth Course - Bun Mang Vit (duck and bamboo noodle soup, rau ram vermicelli)

Jasmine Tea Ice Cream (honeycomb sugar, mung bean cake, figs)

These are all original creations by Chef Le, and it's definitely not something that you'll find at any restaurant in town. The fourth course is actually the brainchild of Chef Le's mom, which everyone calls "Mama Le". She herself could probably open her own restaurant just serving her soups.

Unfortunately, their last two evenings is this Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept 6 & 7), however, I believe they are planning to pop up again after a brief hiatus, so you'll just have to cross your fingers until then.

The Pig and the Lady

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