The Playground, never one to leave any stone unturned or cuisine un-tackled, is taking on Southeast Asian food in its latest pop-up. On Aug. 20, sous chef Frank DeLoach will be heading up "Bites: South East Street Food," a casual, night-market-style event featuring dishes "inspired by the deliciousness of fish sauce, chilies and lime." Paper lanterns and twinkling lights will adorn the downtown Santa Ana restaurant, capturing the feel of the frenzied streets of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
Here's a preview of the menu. (Sriracha truffles, oh-em-gee!)
Bites: South East Street Food
Heirloom Baby Tomato, Summer Vegetables & Taro Chips
Kanom Jin Noodles
Pineapple, Dried Prawn, Chilies & Lime
Crispy Beef Tongue, Pickles, Tofu "paté"
Corn & Coconut Fritter
Garlicky Chicken Wings
Sweet & Sour, Cilantro & Lime
Crisp Garlic, Hong Kong Noodle, Herbs
Singapore Black Pepper Mussels
lots of black pepper, pickled thai chilies
Sriracha chocolate truffles
$1 per piece
There'll be crafted Southeast Asian beer cocktails as well. The event starts at 5 p.m. No reservations necessary.
220 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA