Saturday Happy Hour – August 5, 2023
Chef Cindy Tran of Yoonique Phở&Grill with W.I.T.C.H.
Possible Meal Ideas: Freshly made taro salad, grilled skewers, sticky rice filled with taro paste
“For Cindy Tran, co-owner of Foster-Powell bubble tea shop Yoonique Tea, there are still many exceptional Vietnamese dishes underrepresented in Portland restaurants — dishes like bún nem chua, or cured sour beef, and com chiên dồ biển, seafood roe fried rice. Taking inspiration from family recipes and the cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City, Tran decided to expand the city’s offerings herself. Yoonique Pho and Grill, newly open on Southeast Division, serves dishes like bò tái chanh, lime-juice-cured, thinly sliced beef with shallots and herbs, alongside lobster tail wontons and a wide array of noodle soups.”
W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc) were the biggest rock band in Zambia in the 1970s and spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock, fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones to Black Sabbath and James Brown and mixing them with traditional African rhythms and bush village songs. In 2016 Jagari, the initial member of W.I.T.C.H., began a collaboration with Dutch musicians Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskoviç, and together with them, in September 2017 W.I.T.C.H. headed out on its extremely successful first-ever European Tour.