This July 4, two chefs from South Philadelphia team up to bring the Thai immigrant flame into a pan-American classic barbecue breast sandwich.
Mike Strauss from Mike’s BBQ և Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon from Kalaya Thai Kitchen on Monday, July 4, will serve a limited edition Thai barbecue sandwich. in: Bok Bar: 800 Mifflin St. starting at 2 p.m.. Oh:The 100 is going to be ready, so anyone who wants to should plan to queue soon.
The sandwiches contain brisket marinated with fermented fish, honey and a special cream from the Thai town of Trang, Suntaranon. It will be topped with his signature papaya salad and sold on a potato roll from Conshohocken Italian Bakery.
Earlier this year, Suntaranon was named a finalist for the James Bird Foundation Mid-Atlantic Award for Best Chef in 2022. This was the third time he was nominated by the organization. He: opened his own restaurant 764 S. 9th St. 2019.
Strauss opened his restaurant in South Philly in January 2018. the best barbecue joints in the city by Inquirer.
Both restaurants supported the war in Ukraine, but Strauss went one step further than many. Just a week after the start of the Russian invasion in early March, he bought a plane ticket and flew to Poland to help feed Ukrainian refugees at World Central Cuisine.
“My whole family is from Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, that area,” Strauss said. Eater:. “I wanted to go and help these people. They are my people. If they were not, I would probably go.”
Strauss was one of the first volunteers to arrive in the border town of Przemyschl, as kitchen equipment was still arriving. Strauss said he worked 12-hour shifts, that the feeding operation was 24/7, as many refugees crossed the night when they thought it was safer.
Although Strauss has since returned to Philly, World Cuisine remains in Poland and locally in Ukraine. Donations can be made by the organization website.